Thursday, March 4, 2010
Rams exec explains Atogwe tender
By Mike Sando
Rams vice president Kevin Demoff used a chat on NFL.com to explain the team's thinking on offering free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe the lowest restricted free-agent tender:
Demoff: We have tendered Oshiomogho Atogwe at the Right of First Refusal level, which allows us the chance to match any offer sheet he signs between now and the week before the Draft. Should OJ not sign an offer sheet, his rights would revert back to the Rams. On June 1st, we have the option to either increase his salary to nearly $7m or to release him and let him be an unrestricted free agent. We could not have asked for OJ to handle his situation better than he did last year. I remain optimistic that we will be able to work out a long-term deal with OJ, and this is the first step in that process.
That is the explanation I was hoping to receive. Nice of him to explain it so clearly.