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Vikings not interested in Atogwe, either

Twelve hours ago, the four teams reported to be most interested in free agent safety O.J. Atogwe were the Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings and Dolphins.

Now that list can be cut in half.

Shortly after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’s happy with the safeties he has, NFL sources told Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune that Minnesota won’t be pursuing the veteran safety.

Atogwe went from restricted free agent to unrestricted free agent today because the Rams, as expected, declined to increase his one-year tender offer to 110 percent of his 2009 salary.

That doesn’t mean the Rams won’t re-sign him, however. The Rams still want Atogwe back, and with the Cowboys and Vikings out of the running, there isn’t a lot of competition for his services.

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32 Responses to “Vikings not interested in Atogwe, either”
  1. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 7:06 PM

    WOW I hate you Rick Spielman!

  2. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 7:08 PM

    What a Disappointment!!

  3. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 7:08 PM

    You BETTER have a backup plan!

  4. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 7:12 PM

    Dont Pass on this guy!! Rick you SOB

  5. moolah954 says: Jun 2, 2010 7:14 PM

    c’mon jets get him too

  6. biggs13 says: Jun 2, 2010 7:18 PM

    Come on Miami, this is the final piece to our Lombardi puzzle!

  7. purpleguy says: Jun 2, 2010 7:18 PM

    They should.

  8. JohnWayne506th says: Jun 2, 2010 7:21 PM

    I hope the Lions are interested. Delmas and Atogwe would make a really good backfield.
    And the Dolphins have said they are not interested either.

  9. artielange says: Jun 2, 2010 7:24 PM

    Somewhere, Florio is using his toupee to wipe away his tears.

  10. Anthony says: Jun 2, 2010 7:30 PM

    Come on phins

  11. rtorchin VIKES says: Jun 2, 2010 7:32 PM

    OJ DID IT

  12. Manbat619 says: Jun 2, 2010 7:32 PM

    no matter , the rams will still suck!!

  13. Mrsteve says: Jun 2, 2010 7:34 PM

    Puzzling they will not go for him with Williams & Johnson being so bad

  14. Bearfan54 says: Jun 2, 2010 7:37 PM

    Hopefully the Bears can get him.

  15. ctjags says: Jun 2, 2010 7:41 PM

    it was reported 1230 am eagles not interested and earlier today by dolphins writer nor dolphins.

  16. xxx says: Jun 2, 2010 7:41 PM

    the jets cant sign him and biggs13ni thinkur exactly right snd he deserves more than antrel rolle he is way better

  17. vanhelsing says: Jun 2, 2010 8:18 PM

    i dont believe dallas or minnehaha yet.
    minnehaha needs to fix their 2 turnover machines.
    and dallas lost to those turnover machines.

  18. TheVerve says: Jun 2, 2010 8:30 PM

    Big mistake letting him go by! I’m so sick of watching this Keystone Cops secondary.
    Now I’m even more upset at the Colts losing the Super Bowl. We badly needed Kyle Wilson instead of the Jets being ahead of us to grab him.

  19. Bob Nelson says: Jun 2, 2010 8:30 PM

    More foolishness on the part of the pre-move vikings.
    Last season their porous pass defense was:
    20th Opponents Yards/Completion
    19th Opponents Passing Yards/Game
    25th in completion % against
    27th Opp QB rating
    28th INT’s (tie)
    19th 1st downs given up
    They can’t afford to stand pat.
    But when the team is 31st in revenue they cannot afford to get free agents either. Not unless the owner keeps trying to keep the franchise afloat by pumping money into it.
    They will regret this lack of action even after the move.

  20. mike says: Jun 2, 2010 8:41 PM

    The Vikings just dont want another free agent to turn down their offer.

  21. Franchise says: Jun 2, 2010 9:16 PM

    Bob, I love how you keep opening your mouth and showing how little you know.
    “More foolishness on the part of the pre-move vikings.”
    Again, I can understand how you want the Vikings out of Minnesota, since their dominance in the division is clear.
    “But when the team is 31st in revenue they cannot afford to get free agents either.”
    Even with a poor revenue, they STILL pull big FAs (which you ripped in your post yesterday with the same lame stats).
    I also understand why you would rip them for actually making moves in the FA market. Ted Thompson has shown wat a brilliant GM does with his great signings!!
    “They will regret this lack of action even after the move.”
    Keep thinking it will happen. It will make it that much sweeter to me personally when the deal is done next session.

  22. Vikes-N-Favre says: Jun 2, 2010 9:25 PM

    How can the Vikings be satisfied with Johnson and Williams as the starting safeties? Not cool Spielman and company, the Vikes are close to a SB win.

  23. Sumeria says: Jun 2, 2010 9:44 PM

    Vikes pass on Atogwe?
    Funny, that’s what the rest of the league does on the Vikings. (with ease)
    Great non-move…
    Oh, for the guy who thinks Green Bay fans want Minnesota out of the division… You seem to have forgotten your EIGHT YEAR DROUGHT this decade.
    Viking fans are unbelievable.

  24. whodaywhodat says: Jun 2, 2010 9:50 PM

    Its simple really. He does not want to go to Minny, Atogwe wants NOTHING to do with Drew Brees. How can you really blame him???

  25. Vikingsfan7 says: Jun 2, 2010 10:09 PM

    I can’t see him going to Miami since they just made Brandon Marshall the highest paid WR and Karlos Dansby the highest paid LB. Cowboys say they’re satisfied with their options at S. Why would he want to go back to the Rams???I doubt he goes back, and the Eagles just spent a 2nd round pick on a S in this draft. Not sure why the Vikes didn’t try to get this guy, would of easily made our secondary 2 times better. Disappointed that Spielman wasnt interested in him, you cannot be satisfied with Tyrell Johnson and Madieu Williams next year, they played pathetically. Can’t tackle, can’t cover, can’t make any plays on the ball, they’re both useless.

  26. jallen69 says: Jun 2, 2010 10:52 PM

    # whodaywhodat says: June 2, 2010 9:50 PM
    “Its simple really. He does not want to go to Minny, Atogwe wants NOTHING to do with Drew Brees. How can you really blame him???”
    I’m sure that’s the reason, God I hate dumb people!

  27. TheVerve says: Jun 2, 2010 11:22 PM

    Sumeria, EIGHT YEAR DROUGHT? How about the Vikings DESTROYING the Packers at Lambeau in the Playoffs in 2005?
    Randy Moss mooning every Cheese Dick in Wisconsin. Classic.

  28. Contra says: Jun 2, 2010 11:28 PM

    Sumeria says:
    June 2, 2010 9:44 PM
    Vikes pass on Atogwe?
    Funny, that’s what the rest of the league does on the Vikings. (with ease)
    Great non-move…
    Oh, for the guy who thinks Green Bay fans want Minnesota out of the division… You seem to have forgotten your EIGHT YEAR DROUGHT this decade.
    Viking fans are unbelievable.

    packers fans are unbelievable.

  29. Kay Bee says: Jun 3, 2010 3:17 AM

    The Vikings are a joke. I’ll say this…Aaron Rodgers will win a Super Bowl before the Vikings even play in another one.
    No…I’m not a Packers fan.

  30. Tompadre says: Jun 3, 2010 6:55 AM

    Bob Nelson says:
    June 2, 2010 8:30 PM
    More foolishness on the part of the pre-move vikings.
    Last season their porous pass defense was:
    20th Opponents Yards/Completion
    19th Opponents Passing Yards/Game
    25th in completion % against
    27th Opp QB rating
    28th INT’s (tie)
    19th 1st downs given up
    They can’t afford to stand pat.
    But when the team is 31st in revenue they cannot afford to get free agents either. Not unless the owner keeps trying to keep the franchise afloat by pumping money into it.
    They will regret this lack of action even after the move.
    —————————————————
    While I do wish the Vikings would add a quality safety, and this surely looks like a golden oppurtunity, Bobber here overlooks some pertinent facts connected to the stats he posted. (Remember, stats can be manipulated to indicate what you want)
    First, the Vikings have had one of the best run defenses (again!) in the league, thus teams pass more often; inflating passing statistics. Second, the Vikings had some significant leads in which they played soft zones (often with backups throughout the layers of the defense) allowing yardage, but chewing up time and preventing the quick score (including against GB). Third, their best corner (Winfield) missed significant time, and the nickleback also dealt with injury.
    Finally, take a look at the two playoff games against the 1st & 2nd ranked offenses in the league last year (4th & 6th in passing offense) and check out the stats. The Vikings gave up a total, I repeat, a total of 505 yards in the two games combined, only 345 of which was passing yards! Green Bay by comparison, gave up 531 total yards (including 375 passing yards) in one playoff game against the 12th ranked passing offense.
    Bobber, I’ll let you struggle to figure out which of these set of statistics are better.

  31. Tompadre says: Jun 3, 2010 7:11 AM

    mike says:
    June 2, 2010 8:41 PM
    The Vikings just dont want another free agent to turn down their offer.
    ————————————————-
    Sort of like the Pro Bowlers the Vikings have signed (Favre, Hutchinson, Winfield, Pat Williams & Sharper) or even the very good ones (Shiancoe, C Taylor, Longwell, Berrian & Leber)? You can continue to go back and find numerous solid contributors as well. Heck, even Pro Bowler Jared Allen had to agree to a contract extension with the Vikings before they would complete a trade for him.
    I sure hope this was stated in jest mike, anything else just makes you look foolish and completely uninformed.

  32. PurpleRaid12 says: Jun 3, 2010 3:10 PM

    I think that Tyrell Johnson can be better, you got to remember, he is entering his third season and last season was the first time he’s started. Williams on the other hand needs to restructure his contract. I think his play has been mediocre at best, he’s a solid backup and gives us depth, but I see Atogwe as a much better option as a starter. That being said… Obviously Spielman doesn’t see it that way, so they’ll have to both step up their game (like they did in the playoffs).

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