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The Raiders have now made three free-agent additions this week, having previously signed right tackle Austin Howard to a five-year, $30 million deal. Running back Darren McFadden also agreed to re-sign with the Raiders on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million.

Saffold was expected to be in the mix before the Raiders were scared off because of a shoulder injury and voided the five-year, $42.5 million contract that included $21.5 million in guarantees. On Thursday, the St. Louis Rams re-signed Saffold.

Howard and Saffold were supposed to help anchor a rebuilt offensive line but now Oakland still needs to look for a left tackle to replace the departed Jared Veldheer.

“We were excited about maybe getting the chance to play together,” Howard said. “But that’s the way this business works. He’s a tremendous guy, a tremendous athlete. I believe he really would have fit in well here and we would have been really excited to play together. That’s how it goes. It’s very unfortunate.”

Oakland was burned last offseason by the acquisition of two players with existing injuries.

Quarterback Matt Flynn was acquired despite a shoulder injury and he lacked arm strength before being released early in the season.

Oakland used a first-round pick on cornerback D.J. Hayden, who had a near-fatal heart injury in college. Hayden missed the entire offseason and was limited in training camp because of the injury and struggled his rookie year before a sports hernia injury sidelined him for the season in November.


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