Rams draft Saffold, Barron decides to sign tender

Alex Barron could not find a taker as a restricted free agent. Then, no one traded for him during the NFL draft. Now, he’ll sign his tender.

That means Barron will begin showing up for the voluntary offseason workout program that began on March 15. He’s in a competition for a starting job after St. Louis drafted Indiana offensive tackle Roger Saffold with the first pick of the second round.

"They're trying to get the best players available, just like a lot of other teams," Barron’s agent Roosevelt Barnes told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I don't read anything into it other than that. I think it's good to get as many good players as you can. I believe Alex will show that he'll be one of the best tackles in the NFC."

Barnes also said that Barron’s arrival has nothing to do with the selection of Saffold. Whatever the case, the former first-round draft pick will be in the fold now and he’s got his work cut out for him. The Rams are expected to move Jason Smith, the second pick of the 2009 draft, to left tackle this season where Barron had been playing. That will put Barron in a position where he will likely have to compete with Saffold for the starting job at right tackle. Remember, the more moving parts the Rams have on their line the tougher it is going to be for them to feel comfortable about protecting top investment Sam Bradford.

Barron was tendered at the first-round level meaning he stands to earn $2.62 million. That’s a bargain for a starting tackle and it’s fair wage for a veteran swing tackle.

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