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Breaking News Rams Re-Sign Atogwe

This is great news for the Rams, Our secondary has improved with the resigning of OJ. Now lets just see how big of a contract he received.

I am happy we got OJ back now we have great depth at safety, and we have a great playmaker.

By Nick Wagoner
Senior Writer

Sitting before a crowded auditorium at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens on Wednesday morning, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was asked point blank whether safety Oshiomogho Atogwe would be re-signed.

Spagnuolo gave a knowing smile, nodded and told the fan the Rams were "getting close" and to keep his fingers crossed. Little did anyone know just how close the Rams and Atogwe were to completing a deal.

Only a few hours after Spagnuolo answered the question, the Rams and Atogwe came to terms on a long term contract that will keep the team’s starting free safety in St. Louis for the foreseeable future.

"We are excited to have O.J. back in the fold," Spagnuolo said. "We were always hopeful for this result. We look forward to having his leadership, character and talent back on our defense."

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

"I’m at peace," Atogwe said. "I am very excited to be coming back. It was a long drawn out process but I believe it was supposed to be that way just so that the right decision could be made. I believe and am thankful that the right decision was made."

[Note by VanRam, 06/23/10 2:09 PM EDT ] It's said to be a five year deal that pays Atogwe about $5 million per season. That's reasonable, in my opinion. If that's the case, then Atogwe got a deal very similar to Green Bay S Nick Collins, who inked a five-year, $27 million deal with $14 million guaranteed.