Wednesday, June 2, 2010
BBAO: Oshiomogho Atogwe a free agent
By Kevin Seifert
It's official. St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is now a free agent. My NFC West colleague Mike Sando notes the Rams could still sign him to a long-term contract, but Tuesday was an important milestone nonetheless. If any NFC North team is interested, Atogwe can be signed with no compensation going the Rams' way.
ESPN's John Clayton has suggested the Detroit Lions as a possible landing spot, while ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Minnesota Vikings could be interested. The Chicago Bears have likely reached the limit of their cash expenditures, writes Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com, while the Green Bay Packers rarely sign veteran free agents and drafted Morgan Burnett for depth at the position.
As always, we'll keep an eye on the situation for you.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- A number of Vikings players and coaches rode on a National Guard helicopter after Tuesday's OTA and apparently participated in military activities. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe documented most of it on his Twitter account, and also posted this picture of a home-made shooting target. In case you can't view it, it's a picture of Osama bin Laden with the No. 42 written on his chest and "I'm Darren Sharper" next to him. No lie.
- The Vikings re-issued their restricted free-agent tender to defensive end Ray Edwards, a clerical move that doesn't change his status with the team, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- The same thing occurred in Green Bay, where the Packers re-tendered defensive end Johnny Jolly, cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Atari Bigby. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, all three players continue to skip voluntary organized team activities.
- Jolly's felony drug trial in Houston was postponed again until Friday, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One bit of news: Jolly failed a polygraph test that asked, among other things, if he had recently consumed alcoholic beverages.
- Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com writes that linebacker Zack Follett has been winning over Detroit Lions coaches as he attempts to secure the starting weakside linebacker job.
- Quarterback Matthew Stafford was among a few Lions players who sought out some golf lessons recently, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- ESPNChicago.com offers six items of interest at the Bears' continuing OTAs.