The interwebs is a wonderful place, despite the best efforts of companies to make order out of the chaos, the chaos still slips through from time to time...and gives us the occasional sports rumor. Today, comes an "update" of sortsabout St. Louis Rams RFA safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. The info is passed along via one of those broadly labeled "sources" reported in those slums of information and discussion, the Post-Dispatch's online forums.
Anyway, the poster details, or claims to, the Rams contract talks with Atogwe.
The actual post is below, but let me sum it up for you:
- The Rams made Atogwe a contract offer prior to free agency that would have paid him less than SS James Butler. The former Giants S imported as a free agent last year had a 4 year, $14 million deal that paid him $1.95 million last year, $2.5 million this year and $3 and $3.5 million in the last two years, with another $3 million possible through incentives.
- Said contract offer infuriated Atogwe, sending him to CA and shutting down talks with the Rams.
- Atogwe's injured shoulder is fine, according to the post, having been worked on by unofficial team doctor James Andrews, and Togs would pass any physical.
- The Rams have told Atogwe that they will not sign him to the one-year, $6.9 million offer he's entitled to as a RFA, but they would like the chance to match any offer he receives as a free agent.
So my sources ( no I cant say who)have told me that last week Kevin Demoff flew out to Cali to meet with Atogwe face to face to make one last ditch effort to sign him...my sources also said that the Rams only made one contract offer to atogwe right before FA began the offer would have made atogwe the second highest paid safety on the Rams behind Butler...Atogwe was so insulted by the offer he cut off all talks with the Rams...about his injuried shoulder he had a slight tear in his labrum which Dr. James Andrews successfully repaired there was no reconstructive surgery to his shoulder it was scoped and at the time of the face to face with Demoff Atogwe was very close to 100% and would be able to pass any physical...I asked my source about the apparrent sports hernia surgery Atogwe had and he confirmed that Atogwe had this done back in Dec and is full recovered. Lastly my source said that Demoff has told Atogwe that the Rams will not sign him to the 1 year 6.9 million contract but would like the opportunity to match any offer Atogwe might get June 1....Thats all for now