Report: Atogwe could get low tender

When you win just six games in three years, it’s clear that you may have a talent problem.

When you win just one game in 16 tries, that problem becomes even more evident.

With all of the struggles the St. Louis Rams have had over the past few seasons, you would think that they would be aggressive in protecting the few quality players they currently have on their roster.

You would be mistaken.

Word out of St. Louis is that the Rams are “strongly considering” placing the lowest tender offer available—the right of first refusal—on free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

What that means is if the Rams choose not to match any offer Atogwe receives when free agency opens Friday, they would receive no draft picks as compensation.

It also means Atogwe would make $1.226 million in 2010—making the five-year veteran out of Stanford one of the most underpaid players in the league.

The main reason for a move like this is—you guessed it—money. Atogwe was the Rams’ franchise player in 2009, meaning if any of the other four tender options were used on him, the team would be on the hook for a salary of $6.976 million, or 110% of his 2009 contract.

At such a low tender, you’ve got to figure there are a few teams out there licking their chops at the chance to acquire the 28-year-old safety.

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