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Snead: Rodger Saffold, Ndamukong Suh expected to leave Rams, sign elsewhere

Offensive guard Rodger Saffold and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, two of the Rams’ prominent in-house free agents this offseason, are not expected to return to the team next season, Rams general manager Les Snead said on Tuesday.
Their likely departures stem from the interest both are now commanding in free agency. Saffold, who is the longest tenured player in the Rams organization, is currently considering a contract offer that Snead called “too expensive for us”. Snead said the Rams were “projecting” a similar situation with Suh, who spent just one season in Los Angeles.
Saffold’s expected exit after nine seasons leaves another gaping hole along an offensive line that ranked among the best in the NFL last season. The Rams already parted ways with center John Sullivan this offseason and now must find a replacement at left guard, where, in recent seasons, Saffold had emerged as one of the league’s most consistent interior linemen.
Saffold, 31, had expressed interest in returning to Los Angeles, but a thin free agent market at offensive guard sent his value skyrocketing. On Monday, fellow free agent Mitch Morse signed a 4-year, $44 million deal with the Bills, setting the market on interior line. Saffold is expected to command a higher per-year salary.
Barring an addition up front through the draft, the Rams are planning to turn to Joe Noteboom, a third-round pick from last year’s draft who impressed in limited reps at guard last season. Brian Allen, who was drafted in the fourth round last season, is expected to take Sullivan’s place at center.
“We did have a projection that at some point we need to groom them to become starters,” Snead said. “The great thing about Joe is that he is versatile. He can fill in for Rodger, and then, at the end of the day, you’re still grooming him to be a Whitworth heir apparent in time.”
Suh’s departure after one season had long been expected, after a stretch of dominance in the playoffs likely raised the 32-year-old defensive tackle’s asking price. Suh had six sacks in 19 games for the Rams, including the postseason.
The Rams have options, in terms of replacing Suh. Defensive tackle is likely to be one of the team’s top targets in the draft. And Michael Brockers, who started last season at five-technique, could slot in at nose tackle, Snead said.
“What his flexibility allows you to do,” Snead said, “is maybe pick the best player and not necessarily say, ‘We have to have a nose tackle.’ You could pick maybe the best 5-technique.”

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