OK again, Grimes situation is like night and day compared to this. You keep trying to draw strands with that, and I'm tired of beating that dead horse. You've made up your mind about how that Grimes situation using false information, and multiple times I've tried to enlighten you, and yet you refuse to see truth, and therefore I'm not going to be drawn into that again.
I'll stick with Saffold...
Firstly, he's not moving to right guard, he's moving to right tackle. That's a significant distinction.
If you're going to use your Steve Perry/Journey analogy, it's not asking him to play the tambourines, it's asking him to sing duets with the new Filipino dude, except the Filipino dude is going to be featured a lot more.
No, Saffold and his agent haven't formally requested a trade. But it was reported on March 13, that Saffold would want out if the team signed Long:https://twitter.com/BobGlauber/status/3 ... 7208084480
But where do you think Bob Glauber got a silly idea such as that? All signs suggest his agent said that. And then quickly backtracked...http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football ... uk.twitter
Then on March 18, the Rams sign Long. And we go 10-11 days without contact between Saffold and the team.
Around the same time as when trade rumors broke, it was reported that the Rams would be working out D.J. Fluker, widely considered the top RT in this year's class, and potential target at pick No. 16 for the Rams.http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2013/3/14/ ... er-saffold
Look, I've said that I don't fault players for putting their own interests ahead of the teams interests. But I should have made a distinction when it comes to money in a contract dispute. For example if a player is injured and on the verge of free agency, and doesn't want to risk further injury, then I can understand if he doesn't rush back from injury. I also understand if a player wants a new contract or pay raise, and then decides to hold out like Drew Brees, Roddy White, Maurice Jones-Drew, or Darrelle Revis. But maybe it's because those types of holdouts typically are top level players. I can't think of many examples where a mid-level player held out. Saffold, the 19th best left tackle in the game (according to Pro Football Focus), if he wants to hold out for a new deal, I guess I could accept that, but it would be a head scratcher. Because in the previous cases, they are when a player has typically out-performed his previous contract. Saffold is due $1.5 million this year, so it's harder for me to say that he is getting paid at a level that doesn't match his performance on the field.
But where I won't side with a player is if he's basically trying to coach the team. And basically saying, I don't want to play for you any longer because I feel that you are not putting me in the best position to succeed (i.e. earn a new max deal or live up to the already max deal I've signed). That is what the Albert Haynesworth situation was. Haynesworth signed his $100 million contract, then Redskins DC Greg Blatche didn't use him like Titans DC Jim Schwartz had and he pitched a fit. And then when Shanahan was hired and decided to install a 3-4 defense, then Haynesworth basically refused to play for the Redskins any longer.
In this case, the Rams signed a 4-time Pro Bowl LT to replace Saffold, and now he's going to be playing a new position, which he feels is not in his best interest, and thus doesn't seem to want to play for the Rams anymore.
That's essentially in both cases a player saying, "I don't like how I'm being used, and I refuse to play for you any longer. Trade me." Look it wouldn't be the first time that a player has been upset about his role or usage, and again I don't have a problem if a player publicly gripes. But he's a player, he's supposed to play where the coaches tell him. Coaches coach, players play. In this case, Saffold is essentially trying to coach by indicating to the Rams brass where he should play.
This is Ray Edwards scenario. If a coach asks you to do something, you do it. You can mumble under your breath, and gripe to the media afterwards, but you're still supposed to do it. This is why Ray Edwards got cut from the Falcons. Mike Smith asked him to do something, he refused 3 times to do it, in front of the owner, and he got axed.
A distinction must be made between holdouts and insubordination. Holdouts are a negotiating tactic. Insubordination is when you refuse to follow the directives of a superior.
And Grimes was not insubordinate because he wasn't cleared to play.