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    Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    Atogwe hopes to be back after release from Rams

    BY JIM THOMAS
    Saturday, February 19, 2011

    Even with his release Friday by the Rams, safety Oshiomogho Atogwe says he hasn't closed the door on a possible return to the team.

    "My agent and myself have established a really good negotiating relationship with them, so were we to do something again (with the Rams), I don't believe it'd be a difficult task," Atogwe told the Post-Dispatch. "Because there's no bad blood there. We should be able to get something done."

    The only problem — for several years — has been agreeing on Atogwe's value in terms of a multi-year deal. Rather than pay an $8 million roster bonus that was due Atogwe on Monday, the Rams released the six-year veteran.

    "It's disappointing to be back in this situation, again," Atogwe said. "Not being able to actually be set at this point in time in my career — it's disappointing."

    The relative security of a long-term contract has proven frustratingly elusive for Atogwe, a third-round round pick out of Stanford in 2005.

    "I'd say it's frustrating along the lines that I haven't been able to feel at home since my rookie contract," Atogwe said. "Where you say, OK this team wants me for the long haul, for the long term."

    Atogwe was franchised following the 2008 season, then in a wrinkle of the uncapped year, reverted back to restricted free agency following the 2009 season. As for this offseason, there's no doubt that the current labor impasse between players and owners, and pending lockout, have caused teams to be more conservative financially.

    "Yeah, it has been difficult," Atogwe said. "I think that's why it's very important for us to really get a CBA done, in place and secure, so that other guys won't have to go through a similar situation as myself. And that the teams can really move on in paying their bills and grow for the long term. But for me it's definitely frustrating. I'm thankful that I still have peace throughout this, knowing that it's going to work out the way it's supposed to."

    Because he is a released player, Atogwe is free to sign with any team immediately. However, if there is no collective bargaining agreement by March 4, no veteran players — even released players such as Atogwe — can sign new contracts at that time.

    So Atogwe has a 13-day window to shop the market, but he plans to wait until there's a new labor agreement before doing so.

    "I would say I'm just going to take this time to let God speak to me and go from there," Atogwe said. "I am going to wait till the market opens and then go from there."

    Besides the $8 million roster bonus, Atogwe was due a $3.5 million base salary with the Rams in 2011, meaning he would have been due $11.5 million total.

    Atogwe, 29, has been a starter the past five seasons for the Rams and was the team's defensive captain in 2010 in voting done by his teammates. He was used more in the box in 2010, limiting his opportunities for interceptions but blitzing more than he had in the past.

    "I believe that in the positions they put me in I continued to make plays, continued to help the defense be successful," Atogwe said. "And continued to do all the things that I believe are necessary to be a good player in this league and be a good teammate."

    Atogwe had three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2010. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2006, Atogwe has 43 combined forced fumbles and interceptions, the most in the NFL over that span.

    Rams officials and coaches declined to comment on Atogwe's release, but general manager Billy Devaney said in a statement: "This is a decision we have made at this time with O.J. We will continue to explore all of our options at the safety position like we will with every other position on our football team."

    For now, Atogwe plans to keep working out while hoping that a labor agreement comes sooner rather than later. He has one other item on his offseason agenda: a spring wedding. He's marrying Jill Singletary, the daughter of former San Francisco ***** head coach Mike Singletary.

    "I was hoping all this would be settled before then and I could focus on that," Atogwe said. "But that's life. You deal with it."


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    Re: Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    Common Rams, the team is finally starting to come together and things are looking up... we NEED to keep O.J. around.

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    Re: Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    I for one never question any move done by Billy D. and Spags, but this one has me scratching my head.

    O.J. Atogwe is not only one of my favorite players on this team, but he is also an elite player. They have got to bring him back. After reading this article it gives me hope that they will bring him back.

    I will say O.J is a better man than me, cause from the outside this looks really bad. It looks to me like they just did not want to pay him his bonus. If it was me I would be furious, and would go on to play somewhere else. This also does not look good for other players on this team. I just dissagree with this move 100%.

    I dont understand why it was made, and I think their are other reasons at play here that we are not aware of. Well heres to keeping my fingers crossed that he comes back.

    Go Rams 2011

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    Re: Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    If I were the rams in this situation I would have done the same thing to avoid paying a roster bonus.. People should realize what running a business is like, I don't know anything about business but I'm being realistic about it.

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    Re: Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    The Rams and Atogwe both knew that he wasn't going to get that bonus this year. In my opinion the more ethical move would have been re-constructing his contract rather than releasing him.

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    Re: Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    its obvious the reason it was made is because of the huge roster bonus he as due, on top of his regular salary. Atogwe is good and a value to the team but he was deemed not worthy of the financial commitment it would take to keep him. Atogwe is not irreplaceable even though I do hope he is resigned.

    Releasing Atogwe is simply a business move and Atogwe actually understands this is a part of the NFL, thats why hes not upset about the move.

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    Re: Atogwe Hopes To Be Back After Release From Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by Bralidore(RAMMODE) View Post
    its obvious the reason it was made is because of the huge roster bonus he as due, on top of his regular salary. Atogwe is good and a value to the team but he was deemed not worthy of the financial commitment it would take to keep him. Atogwe is not irreplaceable even though I do hope he is resigned.

    Releasing Atogwe is simply a business move and Atogwe actually understands this is a part of the NFL, thats why hes not upset about the move.
    Please identify the free agent safety who is in the list of "players QBs will never throw at if they can at all help it because only bad things will happen" who we can sign. Because Atogwe is most certainly on that list.

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