ALAMEDA — Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, who agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth a maximum of $42.5 million, failed his physical and won't be joining the Raiders, the club announced Wednesday night.

It's a setback for general manager Reggie McKenzie, who focused on the Rams tackle and guard, allowing incumbent left tackle Jared Veldheer to get away to the Arizona Cardinals for less money than he offered Saffold.

Saffold has not played a full season because of injuries since his rookie season in 2010, with issues including a torn pectoral muscle and a knee injury.

The Raiders did confirm the signing of right tackle Austin Howard, who played last season for the New York Jets.

Earlier Wednesday, the Raiders appeared to be turning their attention to the defensive front seven.

According to various reports, free agent defensive end Justin Tuck (New York Giants), outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers) and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (Dallas Cowboys) were slated for visits Wednesday.

The Houston Chronicle reported that defensive end Antonio Smith (Houston Texans) had also lined up a visit, although it didn't specify a day.

The four players have combined for 186 career sacks. Tuck and Hatcher had 11 each last season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters at the NFL scouting combine that a priority was upgrading the pass rush.


Last season's leader in sacks for the Raiders was Lamarr Houston with six. Houston signed with the Chicago Bears.

Other free agents who reportedly were in town included two more Giants — running back Andre Brown and cornerback Terrell Thomas.

Tuck, whose visit was reported by ESPN, is 30 years old but coming off a solid season. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler with 60.5 sacks who is reportedly giving thought to returning to the Giants.

Woodley, 6-foot-2, 256 pounds, is an outside linebacker in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense who could be used to rush the passer in Oakland's predominantly 4-3 alignment. Woodley has 57 career sacks, although he hasn't reached double figures since 2010.

With the Steelers, Woodley has reached one Pro Bowl and has one Super Bowl championship. He said on his Twitter account that he was headed to Oakland.

Linebacker is one of the few positions the Raiders are fairly well stocked on the roster, as starting strong side linebacker Sio Moore, middle linebacker Nick Roach and weak side linebacker Kevin Burnett are all still under contract, as is Miles Burris, a starter as a rookie in 2012.

Defensive line is another story, as at present the Raiders have none of their starting front four from 2013 under contract. Houston left for the Bears, while tackles Vance Walker and Pat Sims and left end Jason Hunter are all unrestricted free agents.

Hatcher, 31, had 42 starts in 119 career games with Dallas. He forced two fumbles in addition to his 11 sacks last season, when he flourished after the Cowboys converted to a 4-3 defense. Hatcher confirmed his Oakland visit on Twitter.

Smith, 32, is a 10-year veteran with 41.5 sacks who has played as a tackle in 4-3 defense and as an end in a 3-4. He has missed just one game in the last eight seasons, coming by suspension for swinging a helmet at Miami guard Richie Incognito.

Brown, a 6-0, 227-pound running back, gained 492 yards in eight games for the Giants last season after coming off the injured reserve list, including a 30-carry, 115-yard performance in a 24-20 win over the Raiders at MetLife Stadium.

He scored a touchdown against Oakland on 1-yard run that was set up by a 65-yard interception return by Thomas against Terrelle Pryor. Thomas missed the 2011 and 2012 seasons recovering from reconstructive knee surgery before returning to the Giants last season.

ESPN reported Thomas' visit, with Brown's visit reported by the NFL Network.