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Report: O.J. Atogwe won't sign his tender

5/11/2010

The Cowboys are interested in safety O.J. Atogwe, but team officials deemed him too pricey to go after him.

According to NFL Network, Atogwe isn't planning on signing his tender deal. He was tendered at $1.226 million, which is far less than his franchise tag salary of 2009 ($6.3 million).

What does this mean?

If Atogwe doesn't sign his tender, the Rams continue to hold exclusive negotiating rights to sign him long-term. On June 1, the Rams can offer 110 percent of Atogwe's 2009 salary, close to $7 million, to retain his rights or release him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Should Atogwe become unrestricted, the Cowboys could make a play for him. However, Alan Ball is projected as the starting safety for the Cowboys in 2010 with Michael Hamlin getting a strong look in training camp.

However, maybe Dallas should revisit Atogwe's situation again.