St. Louis Rams free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe signed his one-year franchise tender, the team announced Wednesday, after the deadline to strike a long-term deal passed.
The Rams designated Atogwe as their franchise player in February, so they must pay him $6.34 million for the 2009 season. The sides had until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to work out a longer deal, but they couldn't do so.
Atogwe has been St. Louis' starting free safety since 2006. He broke out in 2007, when he led the NFC with eight interceptions, and followed that with a 2008 season in which he made a career-high 85 tackles. He also led the Rams with five interceptions and had career highs in forced fumbles (eight) and fumble recoveries (three).
Atogwe was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Rams' Oct. 12 game against the Washington Redskins. He made seven tackles, forced a fumble and returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis' 19-17 victory. It was only one of the Rams' two wins last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.