The Philadelphia Eagles, looking to bolster a young safety corps, signed former Redskins starter O.J. Atogwe to a one-year deal according to various sources.
Atogwe, who will be 31 in a couple of days, played six years in Saint Louis before spending 2011 in Washington. In his seven-year career he’s amassed 453 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, 25 interceptions, and 48 pass deflections. He led the NFC in interceptions in 2007 before winning the Rams’ MVP award in 2008.
In addition to bringing a knack for causing turnovers to the free safety position, Atogwe will be a great mentor for young starter Nate Allen. Reports from OTAs and the minicamp were that Allen and strong safety Kurt Coleman have developing great chemistry and could take the next step as a safety duo in 2012. While Atogwe won’t threaten Allen’s job immediately—the Eagles hope he’s their free safety of the future—he will be an above-average replacement in the case of horrific play or injury.
The exact terms of the deal have yet to be released, but whatever they are this was the right move by the front office. Not only does it put more pressure on second-year player Jaiquawn Jarrett to perform when Colt Anderson returns, but it also gives the Eagles a mentor as well as a serviceable backup in the secondary.