Random Ramsdom, 1/18: East-West Shrine Game prep

Will the St. Louis Rams and Oshiomogho Atogwe work out a new deal before the season?

Nothing new on the Josh McDaniels front. Stay tuned because we might have more information trickling out today about the St. Louis Rams' search for an offensive coordinator. In the meantime...

Spagnuolo wins an award
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo won a local, uh, award for one of his early offseason moves.

Atogwe's future and the East-West Shrine low down after the jump...

Atogwe's future with the Rams

The Rams and FS Oshiomogho Atogwe have some decisions to make next month. Atogwe can choose to void his contract after the Super Bowl, or the Rams can choose not to pay him an $8 million bonus which would make him a free agent. Based on Atogwe's comments, it sounds as though a restructured contract is the most likely path forward. Let's hope. Atogwe has been a pillar of the Rams defense since 2006, and has become a more complete player under Spagnuolo. This article also points out that it could be the end for James Butler and the Rams. Butler is due a $3 million salary this year, and Darian Stewart saw more snaps than Butler did late in the season.

East-West Shrine Game is Saturday

Practices for the East-West Shrine game, one showcase for prospects headed to the NFL, started yesterday. It just became the most depressing all-star game with practices moved to a HOTEL BALLROOM because of the weather. Anyway, the player to watch here is North Carolina DT Marvin Austin. Included is a list of NFL Draft people on Twitter, and since you're on Twitter, follow TST for even more gratuitous draft talk.

Kiper's 2011 Big Board

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is number one on the hair's big board. He's followed by Da'Quan Bowers, A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson and Marcell Dareus. It's locked behind the ESPN In$ider wall.

Auburn's Darvin Adams declares for draft

In a draft devoid of first round worthy wide receivers, the diamonds in the rough are the guys you'll want to keep an eye on, the guys that have the chance to develop into starters in the NFL with a little seasoning. Or, in the case of Darvin Adams, a little heft to his 6'3" 185 lbs frame. 

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