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  • O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

    He's one of the leagues top defensive players, PERIOD. Enough said. He's adapted to this system, and now you see his true value ...

    He does it all period, for all angles ...

    He is clearly Spags right hand man, he's always talking to O.J. ....

    Most impressive, O.J. is always tutoring this team's OFFENSIVE players ....

    Incredible man, incredible player ....

    We are blessed!

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    Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

    Now all we can hope for is that the Rams either DON'T cut* him this offseason, or at the most, restructure his deal. The last thing we need is to try to replace a great safety as we continue our upward climb.

    * For those who don't know, the deal that OJ signed last spring was structured so that it was very much a one year deal which could be voided by the team after this season. Personally, I feel he's very much worth $6 million a year, so they absolutely should either keep the deal or restructure it to be more favorable if they deem it necessary. At least we won't have a HUGE rookie contract to pay out this year!!!!!
    I believe!:ram:

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    • #3
      Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

      Originally posted by TekeRam View Post
      Now all we can hope for is that the Rams either DON'T cut* him this offseason, or at the most, restructure his deal. The last thing we need is to try to replace a great safety as we continue our upward climb.

      * For those who don't know, the deal that OJ signed last spring was structured so that it was very much a one year deal which could be voided by the team after this season. Personally, I feel he's very much worth $6 million a year, so they absolutely should either keep the deal or restructure it to be more favorable if they deem it necessary. At least we won't have a HUGE rookie contract to pay out this year!!!!!
      I don't see it happening. O.J. seems like a player coach out there ...

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      • #4
        Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

        Phew, for a second there I thought I was going to have to question your football IQ ;)

        OJ has been a great player for us for several years, proud to have him as a Ram.

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        • #5
          Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

          This year he has become something special. I remember years past, all he did was create turnovers. You can see now that he has become a great all around player, improving all aspects of his game, especially the big one, tackling. This guy is the heart and soul of the defense and I expect to see him back there for a long time.

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          • #6
            Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

            WOW, I about blew a gasket there. If you all remember I was one of the ones singing this guys praise in preseason and lobbying for him to get top dollar in the league. I was happier than heck when we retained him and even happier when he shinned on the field. Atogwe for pro bowl!

            P.S. that ball was not catchable period!

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            • #7
              Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

              Originally posted by sosa39rams View Post
              This year he has become something special. I remember years past, all he did was create turnovers. You can see now that he has become a great all around player, improving all aspects of his game, especially the big one, tackling. This guy is the heart and soul of the defense and I expect to see him back there for a long time.
              i totally agree with this...he was one of the few success stories of the Linehan/Haslett era..becoming a turnover machine. but his play against the run left a lot to be desired..under Spags/Flajole/Curtis he has become a complete safety and definately one of the top Safeties in the game now. where as before it was debatable, now it is not.

              although i loved him before..i thought due to him being 28 when Spags got his hands on him, that the player we saw prior to that was as good as he could be..too old etc.. to be re-shaped into the complete Safety..but delighted to be proved wrong.
              Last edited by Ramblin` Ram; -12-05-2010, 10:19 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                Spags takes defensive clay and turns it into artful masterpieces.
                "I've been saving the Universe for over a thousand years. I figure it owes me just this once."

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                • #9
                  Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                  I agree he has emerged as one of the top safeties and we cannot afford to loose him.Why would we not sign a player that knows our defense,has the confidence respect of our team.For what to take a chance with someone else??Why mess with what works sign him this offseason to a long term deal and continue building this D.OJ 4 PRO BOWL!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                    Atogwe is just awesome. It seems like every good Rams defensive play involves him. He ballhawks, he blitzes, he forces fumbles, he tackles well... He's just a great overall player. Glad to have him back there.

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                    • #11
                      Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                      He needed to play at a Pro Bowl level to justify his contract after this season, so far I think he has done that. I'm hoping he stays with the Rams for the rest of his career, he's a top NFL safety.

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                      • #12
                        Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                        I too was thrown off by your caption! Glad to see it was a ruse.....Atogwe has been a joy to watch. He is an elite player in this league and we are lucky to have him. I am counting on his presence with Rams for quite sometime.....

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                        • #13
                          Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                          Originally posted by lordwhttgr View Post
                          WOW, I about blew a gasket there. If you all remember I was one of the ones singing this guys praise in preseason and lobbying for him to get top dollar in the league. I was happier than heck when we retained him and even happier when he shinned on the field. Atogwe for pro bowl!

                          P.S. that ball was not catchable period!
                          Yeah RI got me too .. Ruffled my feathers did he ...

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                          • #14
                            Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                            I think he has been worthy of a pro bowl in the past but he was on a terrible team. OJ may be our most affective blitzer and he is blitzing alot. He is making the lost last line of defense tackles he missed in the past. Interceptions are down, but impact is up.

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                            • #15
                              Re: O.J. Atogwe is just not one of the league's top safeties ...

                              without a doubt OJ was and is one of the top safties in the NFL! He should be one of our top priorites in the offseason period!!!

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                              • Milan
                                OJ Atogwe
                                by Milan
                                We'd better re-sign this guy when the time comes (Is it this offseason?) He's been my favorite player for over a year now. This guy is top 10 in almost every D category for a FS.
                                -12-02-2007, 02:20 PM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                Atogwe: How did we get here?
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                O.J. Atogwe has never come out and publicly complained about his contract. That does not, however, mean he has been reasonable in his demands.

                                Let's review...

                                Atogwe's first contract was a three-year deal signed after he was drafted in Round 3 of the 2005.

                                In 2007, his rookie contract expired. At that point, Atogwe had become a very productive starter, having finished 2007 with 75 tackles and 8 interceptions. The Rams retained him with an RFA tender of about $2M. They likely did not push too had for a long term deal, given that they were negotiating with Steven Jackson at that time (signed just before the 2008 season).

                                Last year, Atogwe became a UFA. Again, Atogwe was coming off a fine seaso (85 tackles, 5 interceptions,6 forced fumbles). The Rams tried to sign him to a long-term deal, even before the season ended. Ultimately, the Rams retained him with the franchise tag and paid Atogwe nearly $7M.

                                I think its fair to say that, at that point, both sides were gambling. Had Atogwe accumulated similar stats in 2009 to those he had in 2007 and 2008, he might have made the Pro Bowl, and he'd clearly command elite FS money.

                                Instead, Atogwe had a somewhat down season, and finished the year on injured reserve. He is now coming off two offseason surgeries.

                                Given these circumstances, the Rams did no wish to tender Atogwe a sum that would lock him in, as doing so could result in paying $7M to a player who might not even be 100% healthy. Instead, the Rams made a low tender and retained a right of first refusal, hoping to sign Atogwe to a long term deal.

                                Those efforts have, at this point, failed, and Atogwe is now a UFA.

                                So... who's to blame?

                                I'd say, nobody is. Both sides have behaved in a rational manner, applying varying degrees of risk aversion.

                                In hindsight, I think one could argue that Atogwe waited too long. He should have signed a long-term deal in 2009 when his value was at its highest. Now, if he is seeking the kind of money he would have received then, he might not only be pricing himself out of the Rams' market, he might also be eliminating several other teams.

                                I do think there is a reasnable middle ground that makes sense for both sides, but I don't know if they'll meet there. If not, I'm not going to blame anyone. I'll just wish Atogwe luck and hope the Rams find their answer at FS on the current roster or among the remaining FAs.
                                -06-02-2010, 09:25 AM
                              • Keenum
                                Props to O.J. Atogwe
                                by Keenum
                                O.J. has been one of our bright spots this year, and his great season continues with 2 INTs today against Brett Favre. O.J. now has 7 INTs for the year, leaving him tied for second, behind Antonio Cromartie (10) and with Marcus Trufant. This is all after he had his breakout year last year. Hopefully he can continue to develop into a stud.

                                So this is to send congrats to someone on this team who has really earned it during this season. Congrats O.J., and keep up the great work!
                                -12-16-2007, 10:32 PM
                              • thermobee
                                OJ Atogwe
                                by thermobee
                                Any news about OJ? I still hope we resign him at a decent rate per year or get something significant in return.
                                -04-18-2010, 10:05 AM
                              • Lesson
                                Your gut feeling about O.J. Atogwe
                                by Lesson
                                I think the Rams either increase his salary by 110% or sign him to a long term deal, what do you think?
                                -06-01-2010, 08:40 PM
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