Deadline on Atogwe nears for Rams

By all indications, we’re now less than a week away from likely finding out the conclusion to the curious case of Oshiomogho Atogwe.

The key date in the scenario is June 1. The Rams hold exclusive negotiating rights with Atogwe, a restricted free agent who didn’t sign his tender offer, until that date. On June 1, the Rams hold the option of extending an offer at 110 percent of his 2009 salary ($6.3 million as a franchise player) to retain his rights or releasing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

As Steve Wyche explained a couple of weeks back, the Rams’ options to avoid letting Atogwe leave without compensation are to work out a long-term deal, extend his free-agent tender at nearly $7 million (which they haven’t shown any willingness to do) or work out a trade, which also would require him to sign the tender.

If Atogwe does hit the open market, one team that could be after him is the Dolphins. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel offered that speculation based on the team’s interest in Atogwe in 2009.

The Bears, Cowboys and Eagles also have been linked to Atogwe, with varying degrees of certainty, throughout the offseason.

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