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Atogwe’s Contract Details

Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat got a closer look at the supposed 5 year contract that OJ Atogwe signed with the Rams two weeks ago and exposed some very interesting details.

The deal is a 5 year contract, but it is also simply a 1 year/$4 million contract.  There is an out in the contract after the 2010 season.  The out was probably put in the contract to protect both the Rams and Atogwe in case of a lockout before the 2011 season.  Additionally, it gives both sides flexibility based on how Atogwe plays this season.

There are a lot more details that will need to surface about the contract as it is still unclear who holds the ability to void the contract after one year or if there is a specific number of games played (or other trigger) that activates the rest of the contract.

Balzer also speculates that the Rams would be able to franchise Atogwe again in 2011 if his contract is voided.  That would lock in Atogwe with the Rams and pay him more than the $6 million he made in 2009.

Looks like Atogwe and the Rams will get more experience sitting across the negotiating table from each other after the 2010 season.

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