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Atogwe will sign franchise tender

NFL_atogwe.jpgToday is the deadline for signing franchise players to long-term deals.  According to Albert Breer of Sporting News, it’s also the day on which one of the franchise players will sign his one-year contract.

Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, per Breer, will accept his one-year contract today, triggering a one-year guaranteed salary of $6.342 million.

Though it might be a coincidence, there’s a chance that signing the tender is a precursor to a multi-year deal, possibly with a new team to which Atogwe would be traded.

If that’s the case, the next domino needs to fall within the next few hours.  As of 4:00 p.m. EDT, Atogwe and the Rams will be stuck with a one-year relationship.

It’s unclear whether a trade after July 15 would permit Atogwe to sign a long-term deal with his new team.  We’ve recently learned that the July 15 deadline does not apply to players traded before the last day for signing franchise players to long-term deals.  But when the Bears were talking to the 49ers a few years ago regarding a possible in-season trade of franchised linebacker Lance Briggs, the Niners determined that Briggs could not be signed to a multi-year contract.

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8 Responses to “Atogwe will sign franchise tender”
  1. Art Vanderlay says: Jul 15, 2009 1:19 PM

    hmm just when you thought you wouldn’t see a worse official NFL mugshot than Anthony Bryant’s…

  2. Mike Florio says: Jul 15, 2009 1:33 PM

    @art vanderlay . . .
    i told gregg rosenthal that the guy looks like he’s thinking, “did someone just sneeze, or say my name?”

  3. Art Vanderlay says: Jul 15, 2009 1:43 PM

    or he sat down on his atogwes

  4. hurls187 says: Jul 15, 2009 2:27 PM

    he looks like he’s in some kind of drug-induced stupor!

  5. xgbx says: Jul 15, 2009 2:51 PM

    Is the NFL subcontracting their team mugshot work out to local DMVs or what?

  6. murray22 says: Jul 15, 2009 3:22 PM

    It would be great if the Packers could trade Nick Collins for this guy.

  7. bigfog says: Jul 15, 2009 3:32 PM

    Is that his “I got drafted by who…The Rams?!?” Face?

  8. Heinekenfun says: Jul 15, 2009 3:33 PM

    Relax.., anyone of us would have that same look if we learned our signature was worth $6.342 Mil.
    You’ld think a professional football player would be a little ‘cooler’.., but whatever. Goodbye Outback.., Hello Mortons.

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