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Vikings could be sleeper for Atogwe

ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed via Twitter Tuesday evening that Rams unsigned restricted free agent safety O.J. Atogwe is “scheduled to become a free agent at midnight.”

While St. Louis is not known to have given up on contract negotiations, Schefter throws a new team into the bidding.  He mentions the Vikings as a possible suitor for the Rams’ 2009 franchise player.
Minnesota has invested in its safety corps, paying free safety Madieu Williams a six-year, $33.75 million deal two offseasons ago and using a 2008 second-round pick on strong safety Tyrell Johnson.  Williams, however, didn’t intercept a pass last year, and Johnson has been a liability in pass coverage.
The other possible landing spots Schefter named were Miami and Dallas, which have already been widely rumored.  
Despite Tuesday’s season-ending injury to free safety Marlin Jackson, the Eagles will not pursue Atogwe, a team source tells Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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53 Responses to “Vikings could be sleeper for Atogwe”
  1. bluestree says: Jun 1, 2010 8:35 PM

    The Vikings could sure use this guy. Their safeties make no plays, much like their corners. Winfield is over the hill. I’d blow it up and start over, but that’s me.

  2. BigEasy says: Jun 1, 2010 8:42 PM

    the only “sleeper” is waiting for a 41 yr old to come out of semiretirementafteranklesurgeryandonlyifUSMgetstotheCWS….good luck!!!!!

  3. jrhsd says: Jun 1, 2010 8:45 PM

    lol, bluestree
    as a packer fan who watched your team get swept by the Vikings last year what you meant to say is “I WISH they would blow it up and start over”

  4. philwauke says: Jun 1, 2010 8:49 PM

    They will still choke no matter who they sign.

  5. DCViking says: Jun 1, 2010 8:50 PM

    I assume he is a free safety — is that correct?

  6. Cannon says: Jun 1, 2010 8:59 PM

    I’m down for this move if it should happen, Atogwe is a BEAST

  7. se18a29 says: Jun 1, 2010 9:03 PM

    The pukergirl commentators will never get over Favre handing them their asses twice last year on national TV. Get ready for another year of ass kicking… pukers. lol lol lol

  8. JimmySmith says: Jun 1, 2010 9:05 PM

    Going from the worst team in all of the NFL to the team that chokes every single time in the playoffs isn’t exactly the promotion that Atogwe was dreaming about.
    I will assume he is smart enough to try to sign with a team that has a real chance to get to the Superbowl, in which case, it aint the Vikings. The unknown variable here is what he thinks about living in LA, if he really likes it, that might cause him to lean toward the Vikings.

  9. ipeefreely says: Jun 1, 2010 9:07 PM

    Please Dallas, make this your one and only free agent signing this year. It will be a bang!

  10. darth_vincent says: Jun 1, 2010 9:10 PM

    so exactly where are the Vikings going to get the money to sign anyone???? They still owe Brett Favre a 4 million dollar payment on last years salary, let alone the 13 million he gets this year when he shows up…
    Personally, as a resident of Los Angeles, I welcome the Vikings… ha hahaha haha no, not really… bwah hahah ahahah, eh.

  11. bluestree says: Jun 1, 2010 9:11 PM

    @jrhsd; either way is good.
    @DCViking; no, he wants paid.

  12. IAVikefan says: Jun 1, 2010 9:15 PM

    jrhsd… you are the only packer fan that i’ve seen who actually has earned my respect on here… :)

  13. halestorm74 says: Jun 1, 2010 9:23 PM

    Wow that would be a great get and improve an already top 5 defense

  14. rovibe says: Jun 1, 2010 9:31 PM

    @ darth_vincent: You asked where the Vikes would get the money to sign him — They lost more salary in free agent defections this offseason (Taylor and Hicks) than they added. They have one of the best cap situations in football. The money they’ve freed up just on those two players would be enough to sign Atogwe, and probably leave some left over. Besides all that, 2010 is uncapped, anyway.

  15. rovibe says: Jun 1, 2010 9:35 PM

    JimmySmith – that’s a dumb comment. Sorry, but it’s true. The Vikes were underdogs in New Orleans, just as they were in their previous playoff loss to the Eagles. That’s not a ‘choke’. As far as where Atogwe might like to play, there are only a handful of teams considered Super Bowl contenders this year, and MN is one of them. None of the others on that short list need a safety upgrade as bad as the Vikings. I’d say that’s a team that not only makes a great deal of sense for Atogwe, but might also get him for less than other teams would have to pay out, as he’d surely be interested in playing for a contender. Now, go back to dreaming about your Lions winning 6 games this year.

  16. Bob Nelson says: Jun 1, 2010 9:39 PM

    los viklingos need help in their weak pass defense.
    Last season their poor pass defense was:
    19th 1st downs given up via the pass
    19th Passing Yards Allowed/Game
    20th Yards Surrendered/Completion
    25th in completion % against
    27th Opponent QB rating
    28th in INT’s (tie)
    Again los viklingos have to spend mega bucks because they can’t draft very well. Eventually all the high priced free agents, (Allen, Williams, Favre, Berrian, Shinacoe, Hutchinson, etc) will hurt tham as it has hurt Daniel Snyder.
    Eventually Wilf will grow weary of pumping money into the franchise every year just to keep it afloat.
    los viklingos should be rebuilding by the time they move to LA or Mexico City.

  17. RayDaMayor says: Jun 1, 2010 9:44 PM

    Can’t Favre play Safety?

  18. Saints#12 says: Jun 1, 2010 9:51 PM

    he doesnt want to play for the LA Vikings,,so that puts the vikings out of his service’s..
    PS.OJ you want a ring?come to NO.Saints its only team out there built for a 5-10 year run..and dont forget it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHO DAT

  19. jrhsd says: Jun 1, 2010 9:56 PM

    that’s because I’m a vikings fan

  20. Saints#12 says: Jun 1, 2010 10:09 PM

    here’s why the saints are for you OJ.Atogwe.
    “Being defending world champions, and we have the majority of guys coming back, there’s a window of opportunity for us to win a lot of games and try to do this thing again,” one Saints player said. “Ten, 20, 30 years from now, we want people to look back and say, ‘You know what? That was the New Orleans Saints’ time. That was their piece of history.’ 

  21. 1stngoal says: Jun 1, 2010 10:09 PM

    Won’t happen. The Vikings gotta save their pennies for the moving vans. Diesel isn’t cheap these days you know…;-)

  22. WHODAT says: Jun 1, 2010 10:09 PM

    VIKINGS ARE TERRIBLE!!!!

  23. 2buku4u says: Jun 1, 2010 10:10 PM

    I don’t think Miami will spend the big bucks they already have on Dansby and Marshall for Atogwe…plus they have very promising young prospects at FS that I’m sure they’d rather groom for the position. After all, getting younger has been a priority around here lately and you have to give the younger guys a shot sooner or later.

  24. Franchise says: Jun 1, 2010 10:12 PM

    A Packer fan trying to rip the Vikings draft history? Thats like Rosie O’Donnell calling Heidi Klum a fat and ugly.
    Sorry Bob, even with the numbers you throw up, the Vikings D is still a dominating one. One who owned your precious Packers not once, but TWICE.
    I can understand why you want the Vikings out of Minnesota. As a Twins fan, I hate the fact that the Yankees hand us our asses on a consistant basis too.

  25. SkolVikes26 says: Jun 1, 2010 10:15 PM

    Unless you’re a Colts or Saints fan, we were better than you this past season, so shut up. There, I said what I needed to say.

  26. ClarkW says: Jun 1, 2010 10:17 PM

    What about the Final Eight plan? Or maybe more accurately, the Final Four plan. Did it have time limits on it or does it not apply here?

  27. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jun 1, 2010 10:20 PM

    the eagles didnt draft nate allen with the 37th pick for nothing

  28. rovibe says: Jun 1, 2010 10:34 PM

    @ Bob Nelson – the Vikes haven’t drafted well? They’ve been one of the best in the league the last 4 years! Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen (traded 1st round pick for him), and Percy Harvin — that’s 4 quality starters, 3 Pro Bowlers, and 2 Rookie of the Year winners. Congratulations! You just won ‘Dumbest Post Ever’ Award! Now, tell us what your team has done…

  29. thewizardofbrahs says: Jun 1, 2010 10:48 PM

    lol these saints bandwaggoners are ridiculous !! i liked you all better with bags on your heads.

  30. allday28 says: Jun 1, 2010 10:57 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    June 1, 2010 9:39 PM
    los viklingos need help in their weak pass defense.
    Last season their poor pass defense was:
    19th 1st downs given up via the pass
    19th Passing Yards Allowed/Game
    20th Yards Surrendered/Completion
    25th in completion % against
    27th Opponent QB rating
    28th in INT’s (tie)
    Again los viklingos have to spend mega bucks because they can’t draft very well. Eventually all the high priced free agents, (Allen, Williams, Favre, Berrian, Shinacoe, Hutchinson, etc) will hurt tham as it has hurt Daniel Snyder.
    ===========
    Yea they cant draft well. HAHA lets just look at their past drafts
    Adrian Peterson (people said they messed up by not going after Quinn) Sidney Rice ( People said they should have drafted Dwayne Jarrett) Percy Harvin ( People said the drafted a head case)

  31. RP3 says: Jun 1, 2010 10:59 PM

    I say Jags!

  32. CanadianVikingFan says: Jun 1, 2010 11:00 PM

    Don’t even remind us of how bad Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson are. Aside from having horrible coverage skills, they can’t tackle!

  33. JimmySmithISaDBag says: Jun 1, 2010 11:02 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    June 1, 2010 9:05 PM
    Going from the worst team in all of the NFL to the team that chokes every single time in the playoffs isn’t exactly the promotion that Atogwe was dreaming about.
    I will assume he is smart enough to try to sign with a team that has a real chance to get to the Superbowl, in which case, it aint the Vikings. The unknown variable here is what he thinks about living in LA, if he really likes it, that might cause him to lean toward the Vikings.
    *************************************************************
    Oh here we go again Jimmy… Now you act like you’re an expert, Are you now Atogwes agent? Anyone that follows the Vikings threads knows that you’re the biggest fraud (and closet Vikings fan at that). I don’t know anyone else that is not a Fan that continues to post so much in our threads…. Like I asked last time… Your life really that boring? ? ?
    Jimmy sooner or later you will learn… Your last paragraph couldn’t get any dumber, and by that I mean that seeing the Vikings were just one game away from the big show…I can imagine why you don’t think they have a rats chance. Where was your team, btw? Yup watching at home with the rest of us right? If the Vikes go to LA I am sure we will be fine with that because that means you go too (right?????).
    Actually Jimmy the one thing you could help us with is Not Choking now that I think about it. Word on the street is that you’re mom isn’t the only master deepthroater in your family….
    Until you post again d-bag :)

  34. MrHumble says: Jun 1, 2010 11:03 PM

    saints#12 has obviously overindulged the kool aid….he actually thinks his team is “good” when the rest of the country sees them for what they really are………lucky and no threat to repeat.

  35. lskynard87 says: Jun 1, 2010 11:17 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    June 1, 2010 9:39 PM
    los viklingos need help in their weak pass defense.
    Last season their poor pass defense was:
    19th 1st downs given up via the pass
    19th Passing Yards Allowed/Game
    20th Yards Surrendered/Completion
    25th in completion % against
    27th Opponent QB rating
    28th in INT’s (tie)
    Again los viklingos have to spend mega bucks because they can’t draft very well. Eventually all the high priced free agents, (Allen, Williams, Favre, Berrian, Shinacoe, Hutchinson, etc) will hurt tham as it has hurt Daniel Snyder.
    ———
    Allen was acquired in a trade.. PAT Williams wasn’t very expensive.. KEVIN Williams was a great draft pick that no one saw coming…Berrian was slightly overpriced, but nothing major… Shiancoe was well worth his price and Hutchinson has actually been deservedly worth his money.
    Dude, you put so much thought into you’re defensive stats… which are skewed because teams HAVE to pass against the Vikings, no duh those STATS are going to be inflated… and you still failed at the end.
    Dumb.
    But, Atogwe would be a name I could see on the back of a purple jersey.
    Madieu was pretty good with the Bengals… not sure what happened. Tyrell would be a good candidate to be trade bait to the 49ers… I bet Singletary could teach him to tackle, then he’d be good… Wouldn’t be a bad deal if we got Manny Lawson… but wishful thinking gets ya no where… haha.

  36. eastboogieillinois says: Jun 2, 2010 12:32 AM

    Come on EAGLES stop being so freakin cheap! Safety is a NEED for this team!

  37. Bob NeIson says: Jun 2, 2010 12:43 AM

    Man I just want to have a threesome with JimmySmith and Ted Thompson.

  38. william sizemore says: Jun 2, 2010 12:43 AM

    I hope Miami stays away from this guy, he is after big money and I think he is almost on the down side of his career. Bill

  39. Kay Bee says: Jun 2, 2010 1:03 AM

    thewizardofbrahs says:
    June 1, 2010 10:48 PM
    lol these saints bandwaggoners are ridiculous !! i liked you all better with bags on your heads.
    ————————————————
    Nah…the Saints have some of the most loyal fans in the league. I mean…at least they SHOWED UP to the games wearing bags. And…the Saints have been top 10 in attendance for a long time now.

  40. clemin says: Jun 2, 2010 1:04 AM

    rovibe, I am guessing by your comment, “None of the others on that short list need a safety upgrade as bad as the Vikings.” You did not see any of the Miami Dolphins games last year when Gibril Wilson was absolutely confused in pass coverage on nearly every deep pass. I know Williams wasn’t great but the Dolphins gave up the most 25+ yard pass plays which was in large part of the lack of backup Wilson had for to rookie corners. Sean Smith and Vonte Davis were to blame on one one coverage but when they played zone and they did alot Wilson was burnt like toast.

  41. clemin says: Jun 2, 2010 1:17 AM

    Every Saints fan pleading for O.J. Atogwe must not realize they still have Darren Sharper. I don’t think O.J. Atogwe is going to go to New Orleans while splitting time just to maybe win a Super Bowl. Come on guys lets get serious for a second this guy wants a big contract he is not going to take mediocore salary to come to New Orleans.

  42. SpringbokJag says: Jun 2, 2010 1:34 AM

    The Jags have been coy about him and Vic is acting strange at the mention of him. This is quite apart from the fact that the team is desparately thin at safety. I see Gene Smith swooping in to sign him

  43. Steve W. says: Jun 2, 2010 4:49 AM

    You know whodat, like many people I was rooting for the Saints in the SB. Seeing how dickish some of their fans are being now that they’ve won, I’m actually thinking of rooting for the Saints to return to their past “glory” just so that those fans have to eat their words. Maybe the Vikings should take some of the same shots at Brees that the Saints took at Favre. If their lucky, the refs will ignore it during the game. Sure the players will get fined later, but as long as you win right? How good do you think your Saints would be then? I mean, I didn’t notice their defense stopping a whole lot of people last season. They did come up with more turnovers than normal, but it was Brees that kept them winning. Oh, and Sharper, microfracture surgery eh? X marks the spot buddy. After those comments of yours, I’m betting there are some players on the Vikings offense that would love to take some shots at you.

  44. Ambrose says: Jun 2, 2010 8:07 AM

    se18a29 says:
    June 1, 2010 9:03 PM
    The pukergirl commentators will never get over Favre handing them their asses twice last year on national TV. Get ready for another year of ass kicking… pukers. lol lol lol
    ————————————————
    Here we go again…the Vikings had fate on their side, a QB for the ages, a pre-destined season, the best talent they have had in years, and all their fans have to cheer about are the two victories over the Packers. It is easy to see where their priorities are and who the Viking fans fear the most….and rightly so.

  45. MNFANINAZ says: Jun 2, 2010 8:42 AM

    I’ll take some O.J. Atogwe only if it comes with a side of Randy Moss… Randy, we haven’t forgotten about you, we want you back, finish where you started!

  46. Bruce says: Jun 2, 2010 8:48 AM

    Redskins, hands down. No cap, no worry.

  47. sand0 says: Jun 2, 2010 8:56 AM

    Safety is the only position where the Vikings are clearly weak, assuming Favre comes back.
    People can try to make arguments about other positions, often in retarded fashion, but that is the one spot where I think we have a consensus. Adding a stud there would really help.

  48. darth_vincent says: Jun 2, 2010 9:53 AM

    @rovibe —– they didn’t have the cash on hand to pay Favre last year — they broke his guaranteed 12 million into 3 payments, one which has not been made yet.
    Talk about dumb statements about he Vikings Salary Cap —– It’s an uncapped year!!!!!
    oh and as for another Viking record —- 8 pro bowlers + no superbowl appearance = EPIC FAIL!!!

  49. zeakman says: Jun 2, 2010 9:55 AM

    RE: Bob Nelson
    The Vikings don’t draft well? Let’s see, three years ago we take AP, I would say that worked out well. The next year we trade our first rounder for Jared Allen, I would say that worked out well. Last year, we drafted the rookie of the year in Percy (I think 18th or so), then we take Loadholdt, who, if the draft was re-done today would have been a top five pick.
    Should I mention Sidney Rice was a 2nd rounder? I would say Chad Greenway was a pretty damn good pick at 20 (even you have to admit he should be on pro bowl rosters), EJ was a second rounder.
    Now don’t get me wrong, nothing stands out rounds 3 and on, and the Tavaris pick was a blunder, but now we get Toby Gearhart in the second round… This guy is going to be an absolute perfect fit for our system and will fill in nicely so AP can ice his fumbling hands.
    I generally appreciate your delightful and non-biased opinions/copy and pastes, but you are off the mark on this one.

  50. footballrulz says: Jun 2, 2010 12:45 PM

    Hey Ambrose
    As we are stuck with Jimmy Smith & bob Nelson VIke fans are stuck with the likes of se18a29, sando, contra, FoF (or whatever the configuration of the day is for FanofFavre) & a few others.
    Don’t waste your time man.

  51. Supersuckers says: Jun 2, 2010 2:13 PM

    footballrulz says:
    June 2, 2010 12:45 PM
    Hey Ambrose
    As we are stuck with Jimmy Smith & bob Nelson VIke fans are stuck with the likes of se18a29, sando, contra, FoF (or whatever the configuration of the day is for FanofFavre) & a few others.
    Don’t waste your time man.
    ——
    pervy and Ragnar as well.

  52. lskynard87 says: Jun 2, 2010 2:43 PM

    I’m a lifelong Vikings fan.. but some of these guys.. man. They forget we have arguably the most unluckiest team (now that the Red Sox got it together).
    We’ve had WAY too many great players equaling dominant teams, and no rings to show for it.
    I feel bad for the bandwagoners… lol
    Gotta have hope though!

  53. rcunningham says: Jun 2, 2010 3:27 PM

    I see JimmySmith and Bob Nelson still have yet to touch a girl.
    Looks like the world is still right.

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