After a slow start to his Tennessee Titans tenure in the early parts of 2019, left guard Rodger Saffold has settled in nicely and is proving general manager Jon Robinson made the right decision to bring him aboard.
Despite battling injuries for most of the season, and with his normal running mate at left tackle in Taylor Lewan missing the majority of the campaign, Saffold was a rock for the Titans on the interior in 2020.
Saffold has posted back-to-back seasons with a Pro Football Focus grade over 70, and he rightly received some recognition in All-Pro voting by getting one vote after Derrick Henry’s historic season.
Still, that isn’t enough to satisfy Saffold, as the veteran is already back in the gym preparing for 2021, a season he no doubt hopes results in a Super Bowl.
With the Titans needing to clear cap space, there has been some speculation about Saffold possibly getting cut, a move that would save the team close to $8 million. However, we simply don’t see happening because he’s far too important to the Titans’ elite offense, rushing attack, and overall culture.
The ideal scenario would be for the Titans to work out a restructure with their veteran guard, but if nothing happens and Saffold continues to play under his current deal, we can certainly live with it considering his elevated level of play since the second half of 2019.
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