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    The St. Louis Rams and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe continue to work on a contract for the restricted free agent, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

    The Rams are still trying to sign Atogwe to a long-term deal, and risk losing him after he didn't sign his restricted tender offer. The team maintained discussions with his representatives through the Memorial Day weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, with one source calling the talks "positive," but adding, "what (Tuesday) holds is unknown."

    Tuesday is decision day in this instance. If the sides don't reach a multi-year deal, then they have until midnight on June 1 to decide whether or not to place a high tender on Atogwe to keep him; otherwise he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

    The Rams have yet to make that decision, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, though other executives don't anticipate St. Louis putting a high tender on Atogwe, which would require a one-year, fully-guaranteed $7-million contract.

    The Rams also remained in contact with free agent running back Brian Westbrook over the weekend, according to a source. He's expected to decide between the Rams, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins this week.

  • #2
    Re: Rams working on long-term deal with Atogwe as deadline nears

    Great news, even though I trust spags and devaney's decisions I would still like to see OJ comeback next year. He brings a really positive attitude and leadership quality to the locker room.


    • #3
      Re: Rams working on long-term deal with Atogwe as deadline nears

      I agree,,,,Sign this killer


      • #4
        Re: Rams working on long-term deal with Atogwe as deadline nears

        Sign them both!

        That is all.


        • #5
          Re: Rams working on long-term deal with Atogwe as deadline nears

          I hope Atogwe gets a long term deal but I’m skeptical of Westbrook he have other choices and probably looking for a team that can win now.


          • #6
            Re: Rams working on long-term deal with Atogwe as deadline nears

            OJ is 29 and coming off shoulder surgery. After watching his play go down from 2008 even before the injury, I'm not to worried if he doesn't come back.

            Not sure on Westbrook either. It seems once a RB of his age gets his bell rung that hard over an extended period, he isn't the same.


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            • MauiRam
              Atogwe will remain with Rams
              by MauiRam
              Atogwe will remain with Rams
              By Jim Thomas

              NOVEMBER 11, 2007--Oshiomogho Atogwe #21 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled after making an interception by David Patten #81 of the New Orleans Saints.
              (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

              Apparently, the first-round tender offer placed on Rams safety Oshiomogho "O.J." Atogwe by the team was steep enough to scare off any potential suitors.

              Friday was the deadline for restricted free agents to receive contract offers from other NFL teams. And by late Friday afternoon, the Rams had received no such offer sheet on Atogwe. The exact deadline was 11 p.m. Friday, but league sources told the Post-Dispatch earlier in the day that none would be forthcoming.

              Had Atogwe gotten a contract offer, the Rams would have had the option to match the contract. Had they decided not to match, they would have received a first-round draft pick as compensation from the team that signed Atogwe.

              Atogwe is expected to sign his one-year tender offer of $2.017 million with the Rams in the near future. Even while in limbo, he has been a regular at the team's offseason conditioning program this spring. Eventually, the Rams want to sign Atogowe to a long-term contract, but they have had only preliminary talks with Atogwe's agent on a new deal.

              Atogwe, 26, led the NFC and was second in the NFL with eight interceptions last season. The third-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2005 finished third on the team in tackles (94) last season and also forced two fumbles
              -04-19-2008, 02:45 AM
            • schut39
              Wyche: Atogwe won’t sign tender with Rams
              by schut39
              Oshiomogho Atogwe is one of the more interesting names among restricted free agents. He was extended the low tender offer by the Rams, giving the team only the right of first refusal on its starting strong safety. From the outset, it was a situation we knew would reach a conclusion about now.

     senior writer Steve Wyche told “NFL Total Access” on Monday that Atogwe will not sign his tender. That decision increases the likelihood that Atogwe will be someone else’s starting strong safety next season.

              The key date in the whole scenario is June 1. The Rams continue to hold exclusive negotiating rights with Atogwe and can try to sign him to a long-term deal. On June 1, because the Rams tendered Atogwe at $1.226 million (significantly less than his 2009 salary), they hold the option of extending an offer at 110 percent of his salary (nearly $7 million) to retain his rights or releasing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

              Atogwe, who played under a $6.3 million franchise tag in 2009, ended the season by missing the final four games with a shoulder injury. Time is running out, and we’ll soon find out if the Rams — who acquired Kevin Payne from the Bears last month — have completely closed the door on Atogwe.

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              -05-10-2010, 05:54 PM
            • larams1980
              Atogwe to sign 1 yr contract..
              by larams1980
              Atogwe will sign franchise tender

              Posted by Mike Florio on July 15, 2009 12:35 PM
              Today is the deadline for signing franchise players to long-term deals. According to Albert Breer of Sporting News, it's also the day on which one of the franchise players will sign his one-year contract.

              Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, per Breer, will accept his one-year contract today, triggering a one-year guaranteed salary of $6.342 million.

              Though it might be a coincidence, there's a chance that signing the tender is a precursor to a multi-year deal, possibly with a new team to which Atogwe would be traded.

              If that's the case, the next domino needs to fall within the next few hours. As of 4:00 p.m. EDT, Atogwe and the Rams will be stuck with a one-year relationship.

              It's unclear whether a trade after July 15 would permit Atogwe to sign a long-term deal with his new team. We've recently learned that the July 15 deadline does not apply to players traded before the last day for signing franchise players to long-term deals. But when the Bears were talking to the ***** a few years ago regarding a possible in-season trade of franchised linebacker Lance Briggs, the Niners determined that Briggs could not be signed to a multi-year contract.
              -07-15-2009, 09:57 AM
            • MauiRam
              Balzar today on Atogwe ..
              by MauiRam
              Rams must make decision on Atogwe's status on Tuesday
              Team has to sign him, make a new tender offer or let him become a free agent

              By Howard Balzer
              Tuesday, June 1, 2010

              The day everyone expected has arrived. Tuesday is the day the Rams have to make a decision on restricted free-agent free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

              At the beginning of the league year in early March, the Rams elected to tender Atogwe at the lowest level of $1.226 million, rather than give him a 110 percent increase over his 2009 salary of $6.342 million. The lower tender meant the Rams retained right of first refusal, but there would have been no draft-choice compensation had Atogwe received an offer from another team prior to the April 15 deadline.

              Once that date passed without an offer, June 1 became the next important day on the calendar. The Rams have insisted they want to sign Atogwe to a long-term contract and negotiations have occurred since before he was made the franchise player in 2009. The Rams remained in contact with Atogwe’s agent, Ken Landphere, during the holiday weekend.

              However, it has been clear the two sides are in disagreement over the value of a good, but not great, safety, and one who is coming off shoulder surgery and will turn 29 on June 23.

              If there is no agreement on a new deal Tuesday, the Rams have until 11 p.m. St. Louis time to increase his one-year tender to $6.976 million, a salary that would be guaranteed as soon as Atogwe signs it. If the Rams decide not to tender him at that level, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

              Several teams have been rumored as having interest in Atogwe, including Miami, Detroit, Dallas and San Francisco. It remains to be seen what value other teams place on Atogwe, but the Rams are hoping that value will be in line with theirs and that Atogwe will give them the opportunity to match the best offer he gets.

              The Rams’ in-limbo ownership situation does not appear to be a factor in the efforts to re-sign Atogwe because a contract for him was part of the overall budget set heading into the new league year. Of course, the value of that contract is in line with what the team believes he is worth.
              OTAs continue

              The Rams enter their third week of OTAs this week, with practices scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Wednesday and Friday sessions will be open to the media.
              -06-01-2010, 11:50 AM
            • TekeRam
              Rams say adios to Atogwe
              by TekeRam
              Posted by Mike Florio on June 2, 2010 6:48 AM ET via

              When the clock struck 12 in St. Louis (technically, 11:00 p.m. local time), Rams safety O.J. Atogwe became a restricted free agent with no restrictions.

              Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports the change in Atogwe's status, which occurred due to a provision of the labor deal requiring teams to re-issue RFA tenders on June 1, and which would have required the Rams to offer Atogwe nearly $7 million in order to keep him.

              The move comes as no surprise. When the Rams opted to tender Atogwe at the lowest possible level -- the only level that did not allow the $1.226 million offer to be trumped by 110 percent of his 2009 franchise-player salary -- it became obvious that the Rams wouldn't be re-issuing the tender three months later, when the rules require the team to offer at least 110 percent of the prior year's salary, regardless of the level that previously was tendered.

              Per Balzer, the Rams tried throughout the day to work out a new deal with Atogwe. It's possible that Atogwe simply wanted to hit the open market. It's more likely that his agent had gauged the market in March and/or April, and that Atogwe knows what other teams are willing to pay.

              Unless Atogwe wants much more than any team will offer, he shouldn't be on the market for long. Indeed, by now his agent should know exactly who's interested, and exactly what they'll pay.

              Balzer points out that potentially interested teams include the Cowboys, *****, Vikings, and Dolphins. The Eagles reportedly will not be pursuing Atogwe.

              Of course, it's also possible that Atogwe will find that no one else is willing to pay him as much as the Rams would pay, and that he'll decide to stay put.

              Another issue that Atogwe will face is his ability to pass a physical. He finished the 2009 season with a potentially serious shoulder injury.

              Because Atogwe did not become an unrestricted free agent as currently defined by the CBA (i.e., a player with six or more years of service whose contract expired), the "Final Eight Plan" does not apply, allowing the Cowboys and the Vikings (and the Jets and the Saints) to pursue him without limitations.
              -06-02-2010, 04:24 AM