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Rams working on long-term deal with Atogwe as deadline nears

The St. Louis Rams and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe continue to work on a contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

The Rams are still trying to sign Atogwe to a long-term deal and risk losing him after he didn't sign his restricted free agent tender offer. The team maintained discussions with Atogwe's representatives through the Memorial Day weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, with one source calling the talks "positive," but adding, "What (Tuesday) holds is unknown."

Tuesday is decision day in this instance. If the sides don't reach a multi-year deal, the Rams have until midnight June 1 to decide whether or not to place a high tender on Atogwe to keep him. Otherwise, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Rams have yet to make that decision, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, though other executives don't anticipate the team putting a high tender on Atogwe, which would require a one-year, fully guaranteed $7 million contract.

The Rams also remained in contact with free-agent running back Brian Westbrook over the weekend, according to a source. He's expected to decide between the Rams, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins this week.

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