The St. Louis Rams have released veteran safety O.J. Atogwe, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Atogwe signed a five-year, $32.1 million contract last June that included a $2.1 million base salary and $10 million in roster bonuses.
The first bonus, which was due on July 1, was worth $2 million and was paid. An $8 million roster bonus was due if Atogwe was on the club's 80-man roster on February 21.
According to a league source, Atogwe was also able to void the deal via a "Valentine's Day Massacre" clause, which required Atogwe to notify the Rams of his intention to void the contract by February 14.
For obvious reasons, $8 million of them, that did not happen, and now the Rams have terminated the deal before that payment was due.
A third-round pick out of Stanford in 2005, Atogwe has started 75 games for the Rams over the last six seasons, totaling 390 tackles, 5 quarterback sacks, and 22 interceptions.