Tag:St. Louis Rams
Posted on: March 4, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: March 4, 2011 9:52 am

Redskins sign Atogwe, give him $12 mil guaranteed

O. Atogwe signed a five-year deal with Washington that will give him $12 million guaranteed (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the past few years, FS O.J. Atogwe has hungered for a long-term contract. In 2009, the Rams had made him their franchise player, giving him only a one-year deal and disappointing a former third-round pick who had turned himself into one of the best defensive back playmakers in the league.

True, last year, the Rams gave him a five-year deal worth about $5 million per year, but those good times didn’t last long.

On Feb. 21, he was due an $8 million roster bonus (and $3.5 million in base salary for 2011), but (surprise, surprise) St. Louis released him, though he had accumulated 17 interceptions and 31 passes defended in the past four seasons.

Now, it appears Atogwe finally is going to make good guaranteed money.

On Thursday, the Redskins announced they’d signed Atogwe, and according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, he inked a five-year, $26 million deal in which $12 million is guaranteed.

Apparently, the Rams were in talks to re-sign Atogwe after they had released him, but considering his old defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett, is the defensive coordinator in Washington and considering Haslett’s system would be a better fit for a safety who’s much better in open space, he chose to leave St. Louis.

With the Redskins, Atogwe will take over the position once manned by Kareem Moore, who will now become Atogwe’s backup. And finally, Atogwe has his long-term secured contract.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:31 pm

Julio Jones to have surgery on foot fracture

Posted by Will Brinson

Julio Jones, CBSSports.com's second-ranked wide receiver, impressed a lot of people with his blazing speed at the combine. Well, it just got even better: he did what he did with a fracture in his foot.

That's according to Charley Casserly, who reports that Jones went through the entire combine with a fracture in his foot and will now surgery, which will require a screw to be inserted in his foot and which will result an eight-week recovery.

Casserly said he expects Jones to be ready for the start of the season and therefore shouldn't fall too much in the draft.

In fact, there's also a good argument that Jones' value should go up after his impressive performance with such a tough injury.

It had previously been reported that the Rams would "sprint to the podium" if Jones was sitting there when they were on the clock with the 14th overall pick -- the likelihood of that happening should be pretty heavily impacted by how he recovers from his surgery.

Rob Rang has him going to the Rams at 14, while Chad Reuter's spots Jones to the Redskins at 11th overall; considering just how much his stock is rising, the former might not even be an option once the draft rolls around.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:37 am

Rams scout charged with public nudity

Driscoll Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams scout Luke Driscoll – better known as the guy who allegedly urinated on a downtown Indianapolis building before apparently exposing himself to a female police officer – has been charged with public nudity only and not public intoxication.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which spoke with Kendale Adams, the public information officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the misdemeanor public nudity charge is punishable by no more than 60 days in jail* and a fine up to $500.

*Again, if you have to take a leak on a building, it’s best not to get caught doing it by an officer of the law.

Driscoll, 33, was arrested at 3:20 a.m. Friday morning and spent the rest of the night in jail. He was released Saturday and went back to work at the NFL combine.

St. Louis GM Billy Devaney said the team is investigating the matter. As is, I’m sure, the NFL, which very well could apply the rules for violating its personal conduct policy to this case.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:07 am

Julio Jones burns up the combine 40 track

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Green is by far and away the consensus top wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft, but Julio Jones' scorching (albeit unofficial) 4.39 40 time on Sunday will have people talking about a possible swap.

Green wasn't so shabby himself, running a 4.48 and then a 4.51.

Jones also posted a 4.41 on his other run, and probably vaulted himself into the top-10 of the draft in April with his blazing times -- Rob Rang and Chad Rueter had him going 14th and 10th, respectively, but any hope by the Rams that Jones could slip to them at that 14th spot has probably disappear.

Jones' speed probably isn't enough to warrant pushing him ahead of Green on a lot of draft boards, but it's certainly going to make things interesting in a draft class that's got some talent at wide receiver.

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:05 am

Rams scout arrested for public nudity

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Driscoll If you’re going to drink in Indianapolis during the NFL combine’s after hours, don’t get too drunk. If you get too drunk, though, it’s advisable not to urinate on any of the buildings downtown. And if you have to urinate on a public structure, make sure you don’t get picked up by the cops. And if you get picked up by the cops, make sure not to show the female officer your genitals.

Unfortunately for Rams scout Luke Driscoll, he didn’t heed any of the aforementioned guidelines.

According to Fox 59, the 33-year-old Driscoll was arrested early Friday morning for urinating on a downtown Indianapolis building and then exposing himself to a female officer.

Driscoll – who’s been with St. Louis for 11 years, the past six as a scout – has been charged with public nudity and public intoxication.

Mug shot photo courtesy of Fox 59.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:46 pm

Spags a big fan of McDaniels

From Eye on Football staff report

INDIANAPOLIS – When Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was looking to replace departed offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur – who, as you know, landed the head coaching job in Cleveland – he wanted to find a replacement who he would hate to face off against on the opposite sideline.

That’s why, he told reporters during his NFL combine news conference today, he went after recently-fired Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.

“In the Rolodex in my head, I tried to think of the guys who were toughest to defend, guys I’ve gone against,” Spagnuolo said. “Josh jumped right out there.”

Spagnuolo respected the work done by McDaniels in regard to Patriots QB Tom Brady and Chiefs QB Matt Cassel – McDaniels worked with both as the offensive coordinator in New England – and Spagnuolo admitted McDaniels’ success with that duo is a major reason he wanted to hire him.

The fact McDaniels was unimpressive as a head coach obviously didn’t sway Spagnuolo’s mind. And why should it? McDaniels, thus far in his career, is a much better coordinator than a head coach.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:48 am

Rams want to get Mark Clayton signed

Posted by Andy Benoit

Anyone who watched the Rams-Seahawks Week 17 do-or-die finale could see that had the Rams had any sort of talent at the wide receiver position, they likely would have won the NFC West.

Injuries, however, doomed St. Louis' receiving corps. While the loss of Donnie Avery (ACL) hurt, perhaps no injury was more significant than Mark Clayton’s patellar tendon snafu on October 10. Clayton, who had been acquired from the Ravens in September, had 22 catches for 300 yards through the Rams' first four games.

The former first-round pick is now a free agent. The Rams say they would love to re-sign Clayton, preferably before the CBA expires March 4.

"We've had some conversations, and it's just taking a natural course," Clayton's St. Louis-based agent, Jim Steiner, told the Post Dispatch. "There doesn't seem to be any urgency on either side, but we have started the process."

Regarding his client’s rehab, Steiner said, "He's doing extremely well. He'll be 100 percent, and be fine. I don't know exactly when he'll be at full, full, full, speed. I don't want to speak out of turn, but I think it's somewhere at the end of March, something like that, or in April."

This, of course, means that if a deal is to get done in the desired timeframe, the Rams will have to roll the dice and sign Clayton before he’s fully recovered.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:41 am

Report: Atogwe to visit Washington

Atogwe Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While Oshiomogho Atogwe has said he wouldn’t mind return to play for the Rams – who happened to release him last week, a scant few days before they would have owed him an $8 million roster bonus – he’s taking a look at the rest of the league.

One of those places is Washington, according to 101 ESPN in St. Louis.

"This is an opportunity for me to explore other options," Atogwe told Howard Balzar. "It doesn't mean the Rams aren't still an option. A door has been opened so I can really see if this is where I'm supposed to continue to be or if I am supposed to go elsewhere. It gives me and my family more options to make a decision.

"At the end of the day, I'll make the decision that I believe I'm led to make and be in the place where I'm supposed to be. That doesn't count the Rams out and it doesn't count any team out. It gives me an opportunity to evaluate my current situation while giving me the option to go where I believe I'm supposed to go."

As we’ve recounted before, this is the first time the six-year veteran (who happens to be one of the more solid free safeties in the NFC) will get to test his market worth. The Rams franchise-tagged before the 2009 season, and last year, because of the uncapped season, he reverted back to being a restricted free agent.

Apparently, he believes he’s worth about $7 million a season, which is twice as much as the Rams were going to pay him for 2011.

Atogwe, if he lands with the Redskins, would make that secondary even more dangerous. With the ever-improving LaRon Landry at strong safety and DeAngelo Hall at cornerback, Atogwe could make a big impact on Washington’s defense.

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