AtogweAtogwe re-signed Wednesday with the St. Louis Rams after three weeks of minimal interest on the free agent market. As we discussed last month, there were legitimate reasons to consider safety a position of need for all four of our teams. But the Detroit Lions were the only one among them to acknowledge any level of interest, and ultimately they appeared unwilling to offer the kind of financial security Atogwe was looking for.
There is some thought that Atogwe's reputation ballooned a bit when the Rams made him their franchise player in 2008. In reality, he has never been so much as named to a Pro Bowl. Given the unsettled safety situations in most NFC North locales, he was an option worth investigating. Ultimately, however, he proved nothing more than that.