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Rams, Atogwe still talking

NFL_atogwe.jpgThe St. Louis Rams applied the franchise tag last year to safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.  This time around, they opted to use only the lowest level restricted free agency tender, thanks to the increase in eligibility for unrestricted free agency from four years to six in the uncapped year.

But there’s a hitch.  As of June 1, the Rams must decide whether to let Atogwe walk — or whether to extend a new tender in the amount of 110 percent of his 2009 salary.

The Rams aren’t expected to commit to the much higher amount, but they apparently aren’t interested in giving up on Atogwe just yet.  Per Brian Stull of ESPN 101 in St. Louis (via the Red Zone), the team and the player continue to negotiate.

In one week and three days, he’ll most likely be able to negotiate with every other team, too.

Though he likely won’t be getting the kind of money that stopped flowing in early March, there could be a team or two that opted to hold a little something back in the budget once the Rams decided to adopt a strategy that points to Atogwe being available as of June 1.

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19 Responses to “Rams, Atogwe still talking”
  1. DanSnyder says: May 22, 2010 11:27 PM

    Redskins are waiting. Otogwe just say no to the rams.

  2. RP3 says: May 22, 2010 11:38 PM

    He will be a Jaguar!

  3. Hooby says: May 22, 2010 11:59 PM

    let him go and then the eagles can sign him. seriously, we need insurance for nate allen busting

  4. rovibe says: May 23, 2010 12:12 AM

    Seriously, a good fit for him would be in Minnesota. Their defense is very good except at the safety position, and they’ll be on the short list of favorites to make it to the Super Bowl. They lost two free agents worth more than $9 million that they haven’t replaced with other high priced pickups, so league rules would allow them to use up to that amount to sign a player who fills one of their few weak spots.

  5. Ram_Country says: May 23, 2010 12:40 AM

    I begged the Rams for two years to get something done with this guy and they couldn’t do it. Is another week really going to make a difference? Congrats to whoever gets him, he’s a flawed safety but a true difference maker.

  6. j0hnny63 says: May 23, 2010 12:43 AM

    Phins need to snag this guy!

  7. sniperhare says: May 23, 2010 12:47 AM

    Get him to Duval Gene.

  8. dolphinfiegl99 says: May 23, 2010 1:11 AM

    Oshiomogho Atogwe Will Be A Dolphin In 2010!

  9. Chiefforlife says: May 23, 2010 1:36 AM

    Stay in Missouri, Berry and Atogwe would make a great safety tandem.

  10. BRICKILLIN says: May 23, 2010 3:05 AM

    See You in the 9ers

  11. TheJones-DrewProject says: May 23, 2010 3:14 AM

    get em jags

  12. Ee Oulo says: May 23, 2010 3:40 AM

    Atogwe as insurance? lol that’s an expensive policy right there! Besides, he clearly wants to be a Lion but he isn’t allowed to talk about it for another week. Guess who’s car is going to be near his house come midnight June 1st tho!!

  13. miamibengal says: May 23, 2010 5:10 AM

    insurance?! are you crazy this guy is the guy id he goes to any team, he’s no dang insurance! he’s a stud

  14. VanDolPhan says: May 23, 2010 5:49 AM

    Dolphins have a rather large hole at FS. Could make a run for him if the story is true about cutting bait with Grove. His and Smiley’s money would easily pay for Atogwe.

  15. pramis123 says: May 23, 2010 7:28 AM

    He is going to be a Miami Dolphins.

  16. Tre-nitty says: May 23, 2010 7:46 AM

    The rams will match any offer. He’ll be back in st. Louis

  17. GaryClark says: May 23, 2010 8:11 AM

    SKINS PLEASE…THIS GUY IS THE REAL DEAL. SORRY REED DOUGHTY. We passed on Eric Berry, we will not let Atogwe get away!

  18. jth23 says: May 23, 2010 11:18 AM

    there has been buzz about this guy in jax for a couple of months now. if rams let him walk, jags will no doubt make a play for him. if we could land him, we will be the most improved defense in the league. adding a proven stud on each level of the defense in aaron kampman, kirk morrison, and oj otogwe and spending basically our whole draft on defense is enough to put one of the shittier d’s last year to top 10 status. jags r quietly having a great offseason and will surprise a lot of people this year.

  19. Jeff Smith says: May 24, 2010 12:12 PM

    He’s probably better than anyone the Jags have right now, so I hope Gene signs him. Not sure if the Jags can/will outspend other teams (like the Redskins) though.

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