O.J. Atogwe Perhaps Not an Option for Dallas
Rams’ GM Bill Devaney recently stated that St. Louis is trying to sign free safety O.J. Atogwe to a long-term deal. This might upset some Dallas fans, as there were rumors of Atogwe possibly signing with the Cowboys after the April draft.
We viewed Atogwe, who has picked off 15 passes over the last three seasons, to be a more realistic option to replace Ken Hamlin in 2009 than a rookie free safety. We discussed this possibility in a recent Mailbag.
The Rams have until June 1 before Atogwe becomes an unrestricted free agent. Other teams actually have the opportunity to sign Atogwe to an offer sheet now, but St. Louis has the right to match any offer up until that June 1 deadline.
If the Rams do sign Atogwe to a long-term deal in the near future, perhaps the Cowboys will place a higher priority on finding their free safety of the future in the draft (assuming they don’t think that player is already on the squad).