Atogwe has spent the past few months rehabilitating his injured shoulder among some other health complications. He says he’s working toward being back to full speed and expects to be ready when the time comes though it’s not yet clear if he’ll be fully cleared for the start of training camp.
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"I'm at peace," Atogwe said minutes after signing the deal. "I am very excited to be coming back. It was a long drawn out process but I believe it was supposed to be that way just so that the right decision could be made. I believe and am thankful that the right decision was made."
"We are excited to have O.J. back in the fold," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "We were always hopeful for this result. We look forward to having his leadership, character and talent back on our defense."
SB Nation's Rams blog, Turf Show Times, lauds the hard-line approach the Rams took in re-signing Atogwe:
The man mostly to thank for this is Kevin Demoff. I had a hypothesis that players who are less active in their contract negotiations are more likely to try and re-negotiate midway through, mostly because they have no idea that the raw numbers they receive aren't the best way to analyze a contract, especially in this day and age of massive-bonus-lower-salary type deals. Or they could just be greedy, sleazy people, but that debate is for another time.