What would you do?
What would you do?
Well, in an uncapped season, pay him the money. But I'm a homer for this guy, with no business sense.
If, that is IF, DeSpags sees him as significantly better than the other options, sign him for the one year deal. Yes, it's overpaying, but it's a one year deal, and they're under budget now anyway.
However, if DeSpags feels the dropoff isn't that steep, then let him test the waters. He's not going to get that money anywhere else.
I have to say, this was a tough one for me.
I think that the Rams would likely be better off in 2010 in Atogwe is still here (assuming he's healthy). That stated, I don't think that the dropoff to Craig Dahl is as great as some seem to think it is. While Dahl is not the ballhawk that Atogwe is, I'd say he's a better tackler. Plus, he's only 24, so he may not have reached his full potential yet.
My biggest concern is that we sign him for $7M, his play diminishes due to the injuries, and then we're looking at a 30 year old FA next year.
So, in the end, I think I'd just let him go.
Later Atogwe, guy made plays, and i loved it about him but he's not getting any younger. His stats declined, his body is declining, and he's becoming a mini headache with the cash grab he's going after when he knows we're weak. Its good business for him, but its not good for us. If he's not a Ram in 2010...on to the next one~
He needs to pass that physical before you can consider him. I don't know ow much money we have in reserve for Atogwe however. 7mil for one year with a sports hernia, lets ignore the shoulder for now. What if he gets injured or misses time again?? God I wish this guy would realize what he's worth at this point and not judge based off of two seasons ago when he was 27 and coming off a career year...
I think this is him being pissed off that he didn't get the cash back then...
I don't necessarily disagree with or fault Atogwe for his apparent stance.
While the Rams don't have a big incentive to overpay him to secure him for the next year or two, a contending team might view it differently. I think that Dallas, for example, might offer him big money.
I'm with HUbison. Pay him if you think he's a significant increase over Dahl. If he isn't, let him walk. It's a one year contract - not the end of the world. I'm not sure at this point that OJ is a significant upgrade over Dahl. The injuries have seemed to pile up recently. Is that an indication of what we are looking at this season? When will he be ready to practice? I'd let him walk if he's 3 months from even getting onto the field.
Short and not so sweet. Let him walk!
let him walk If you pay him 7million this season we will end up in the same position next year
I am just scared that its not about the money anymore, but he is making it about the money with the Rams. What I mean is that he just wants an above average contract and he is going to get it from the ***** after June 1st and haunt us for years to come because of the Singeltery connection.
I say pay him for this year (heh....of course it's not my money is it!?) Some have mentioned Atogwe's injuries as a possible factor, but let's not forget that Mr. Dahl has a long and relatively extensive history of injury also.
It may well turn out that NEITHER will stay healthy and we'll end up needing both of them to fill one safety position.
Another concern for me is that Dahl does not appear to have much in the way of coverage skills. It's great that he's a willing and able tackler but the good safetys can play the ball and make an impact in pass defense.
O.J. can do both and at this point in time is our best option at the position going forward.
WHAT SAY YE?
pay him. dahl is horrible.
It's too much money for one player, he's gotta go.
He is closing in on 30 and has some injury questions. We have 3 younger safeties with starting experience I wouldn't pay him 7 mil.
I don't think the one year cost is the issue. OJ will get that in salary and signing bonus from either The Rams or some other team. The question,imo, is whether he wants to stay or go to a team that is more likely to be a playoff contender in the next couple of seasons.
If he doesn't want to be in STL, then he isn't worth a buck fifty. So much of his game is based on hustle; if that isn't there, he is useless.
Until these conspiracy theories started growing in the vacuum of any concrete info about what OJ really wants, everything about his attitude suggests to me that he would want to stay & that this is just a typically complex negotiation. He didn't balk at the tag last year. He hasn't grumbled in the press. He hasn't visited other teams. Let's not panic just yet.