Will the Rams be able to hang onto versatile offensive lineman Rodger Saffold? They're going to give it their best shot.

It may be cold outside, but it's heating up inside Rams Park! (See what we did there?) Contract talks between free agent tackle/guard/injured reserve list frequent flyer Rodger Saffold and the St. Louis Rams are expected to "intensify" this week, according to Pro Football Talk.

The Rams, and only the Rams, are allowed to talk contract with Saffold and his agent ahead of the March 8 opening of the so-called "tampering window," i.e. the three-day period in which other teams can talk deals but not make one with free agents from other teams.

GM Les Snead made it clear at the Combine that re-signing Saffold was one of the team's top priorities for the offseason. Making that happen is all about finding a reasonable deal for a versatile offensive lineman.

Finding a deal that both the Rams and Saffold can live with will depend on what he and his agent think they can get on the open market. They may already have a sense of that, because teams don't wait until March 8 to "tamper" with free agents.

The Rams have about $10 million in cap space right now, without making any cuts or restructuring contracts. They also have other needs to fill on the roster, and will probably need to find some bridge players or two to get them by until younger players develop or they find another answer in future drafts.