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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