Atogwe not opposed to returning to St. Louis
The St. Louis Rams made the decision not to pay Oshiomogho Atogwe an $8 million roster bonus on Monday, but that doesn’t mean the veteran safety has ruled out a possible return.
Yes, he’s been down this path with the team before, and yes, he says it’s frustrating to not be set up for the long haul. But nonetheless, Atogwe is open to a return.
“My agent and myself have established a really good negotiating relationship with them, so were we to do something again (with the Rams), I don't believe it'd be a difficult task," Atogwe told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Because there's no bad blood there. We should be able to get something done.
"It's disappointing to be back in this situation, again. Not being able to actually be set at this point in time in my career — it's disappointing."
The Rams placed the franchise tag on Atogwe in 2008. He got caught in the jam many players found themselves in a year ago when he was a restricted free agent and the Rams tendered him. It’s also important to point out he’s had a shoulder issue over the last two years. He was due to earn $11.5 million in 2011, and knew that wasn’t realistic in this marketplace.
Now, he’s a free agent and he can sign with anyone before the deadline on March 3 when the CBA expires. He’s got a short window to get something done or otherwise he’ll be in limbo again. He’s not the only big name safety available, either, after Bob Sanders was cut loose by the Indianapolis Colts. Eugene Wilson was also released by the Houston Texans.
"I would say I'm just going to take this time to let God speak to me and go from there," Atogwe said. "I am going to wait till the market opens and then go from there."
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