When Oshiomogho Atogwe Watch first commenced, it was believed a handful of teams could be interested in the newly unrestricted free agent. Soon thereafter, the Cowboys were the first of those teams to deny interest. Next up: the Vikings.
Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the Vikings also won’t pursue the veteran safety, according to NFL sources. The Vikings have made recent investments in their starting safeties, signing Madieu Williams to a six-year deal worth approximately $34 million in 2008 and investing a second-round draft pick in Tyrell Johnson the same offseason.
Zulgad does add teams to the watch list, however, noting that the 49ers and Lions — joining the Rams and Dolphins — are believed to be interested in Atogwe. We learned Tuesday, however, why the 49ers and Eagles might not be fits.
While we know it’s entirely possible that an interested team would deny interest, the number of uninterested teams shows the Rams — who will continue to pursue Atogwe — might have correctly judged the market for him. That’s the latest.