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Strategic advice for Oshiomogho Atogwe

6/3/2010

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks Oshiomogho Atogwe would be better off taking a modest one-year deal elsewhere than he would be taking a similar deal or a modest multiyear contract to remain with the St. Louis Rams.

It's an interesting thought.

"The smart move would be to call Miami or Dallas or one of these contending teams, try a one-year deal, re-market yourself with a better defense, a better pass rush, win some games, maybe get a ring and then go from there," Williamson said during a phone conversation Wednesday.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said his team isn't in the market for Atogwe. The Dolphins haven't put it as strongly.

"Last year, Miami played with two strong safety types, and although they let go of Gibril Wilson, they still have a lot of questions at the free safety spot," Williamson said. "You look where they were weak -- nose tackle, inside linebacker, safety -- and he would sure help that."

Re-signing Atogwe would help the Rams, of course, but how much would it help Atogwe under the current circumstances? The Rams aren't a contending team and this is a horrible time for players to maximize their value in the market. Teams have pretty much set their rosters through the draft and free agency, and the Rams' budget appears to be an issue while the team awaits a pending ownership change.