News about free agents has crept out of Valley Ranch about as quickly as toothpaste flows uphill. Not only have the Dallas Cowboys not signed anyone, it is believed that not a single player has even visited.
But it has been confirmed that one player the team is considering — and maybe coveting — is St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (5-11, 205).
The logic behind the team's interest is clear. Last year, Atogwe had a pair of interceptions, three forced fumbles and a sack, to go along with 58 tackles.
By contrast, starting Dallas free safety Ken Hamlin had no picks, forced fumbles or sacks, and collected 52 tackles. Starting strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh had a solid season, but even he had just a single interception to go with his 66 tackles — so Atogwe had his hands in five times as many turnovers as Sensabaugh and Hamlin … combined.
Atogwe will not come cheaply, of course.
The Rams gave him a "right of first refusal" tender, so they can match any offer sheet he signs with another team; word is their compensation request will start with a first-round draft choice, and could be higher. Then, of course, Atogwe would have to be signed, which also will not be cheap.
With that said, however, Dallas should be pursue him, or at least be in discussions with the Rams to see what it would take to pry Atogwe away. Sensabaugh is solid, and Hamlin does some things well, but the two do not create turnovers.
With the pressure the Dallas front seven generates — and especially if the Cowboys could adjust the compensation to a lower draft pick and Hamlin (thereby ridding themselves of his salary) — Atogwe could be a star in Dallas.
Perfect Fit in Dallas?
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