Rams release S Atogwe

Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 5:35 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Rams released S O.J. Atogwe on Friday instead of paying him a reported $8 million roster bonus, according to PFW correspondent and St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas.

This season, Atogwe recorded 73 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions. Atogwe has started 75 games during his six seasons, all with St. Louis.

Atogwe joins Bob Sanders and Eugene Wilson as safeties who hit the open market on Friday.

The way we see it

This is not real surprising. Although he is considered an accomplished playmaker, Atogwe's numbers and performance this past season really didn't justify such a huge payoff. That said, while Craig Dahl shapes up as a pretty serviceable replacement, safety immediately becomes a much more pressing need for the Rams, with the depth at the position already not that great. It will be curious to see how much of a market develops for Atogwe.