ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 22: Oshiomogho Atogwe #21 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on November 22, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Rams 21-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Free agent safety Oshiomogho Atogwe re-signed with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, ending any talk of the Dallas Cowboys landing the veteran as insurance in the defensive backfield. And, according to reports, Dallas was never a part of the Atogwe sweepstakes in the first place.
Per Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, "The Cowboys were never in the hunt for [Atogwe]. They were pleased with what they saw from Alan Ball and didn't want to spend big money on a safety again after not seeing the benefits of signing OU's Roy Williams and Ken Hamlin to megadeals."
This confidence in youth is becoming something of a theme this offseason.
Despite some questioning on the part of the public, Dallas has been unflinching in their belief in Ball, new left tackle Doug Free and kicker David Buehler--all of whom will take over key roles in 2010.
Buehler will attempt to convert from a kickoff specialist to a place kicker, Free will replace Flozell Adams at left tackle and Ball will take over at free safety after the April release of Ken Hamlin.