Additional reports cast doubt on Atogwe visit to Seattle

Perhaps the O.J. Atogwe movement to Seattle can best be described as a false start.

After spending the 14th pick in the draft on Texas’ Earl Thomas and then selecting Virginia Tech’s Kam Chancellor in the fifth round, the Seahawks are saying no visit is pending next week with Atogwe.

Atogwe, an unrestricted free agent since June 1, is trying to drum up some interest on a lukewarm open market. He’s a talented player who will turn 29 this season, but the majority of teams aren’t spending big money on free agents this offseason and those that did have pretty much spent their bankroll for the year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last night that Atogwe had a visit to Seattle coming up next week. That was contradicted by Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times and in a separate report by Mike Sando of ESPN.

Something could always change but the Seahawks are well invested at the position and have a pair of veterans in Jordan Babineaux and Lawyer Milloy.

One thing that won’t change if there is not another bidder for his services is the offer from the St. Louis Rams to bring Atogwe back. The Rams remain hopeful they can have Atogwe back in the fold this season but they will not be motivated to increase any offer if there isn’t more interest. Maybe Atogwe is trying to create the illusion of interest. He wouldn’t be the first player to try that tact.

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