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Redskins, Atogwe do five-year, $26 million deal

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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Redskins have agreed to terms with safety O.J. Atogwe, formerly of the Rams, on a five-year contract.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed the deal, and reports that it’s worth $26 million.

For once, it appears the Redskins did not brutally overpay. Also garnering offseason interest from the Broncos, Bills, and Cowboys, Atogwe’s annual average of $5.2 million sounds reasonable for a safety who has accounted for the third most turnovers among NFL defensive backs over the past five seasons. (Only Charles Woodson and Ed Reed have more.)

In Washington, Atogwe will play free safety alongside “in-the-box” thumper LaRon Landry. Atogwe is familiar with Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s schemes, having played for Haslett from 2006 through 2008.

The Redskins still have holes at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end, nose tackle, and linebacker.  And arguably running back and several spots on the offensive line.

But their defensive secondary, at least, is shaping up nicely on paper.

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47 Responses to “Redskins, Atogwe do five-year, $26 million deal”
  1. brs027 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:29 PM

    This is why the Redskins will never be good….try building from the draft and not out of free agency.

  2. mmskin says: Mar 3, 2011 5:34 PM

    im pumped

  3. docredskin says: Mar 3, 2011 5:37 PM

    Finally, an intelligent signing. He’s the type of ball hawking safety we really need in this defense. FS was one of roughly nine holes on the defense last season and hopefully this addresses one of them.

  4. xcountrytrevor says: Mar 3, 2011 5:38 PM

    HECK YEAH! This is a solid, solid signing.

  5. damnskins703 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:39 PM

    Thank God we did something right

  6. chrismatthewsucks says: Mar 3, 2011 5:40 PM

    LOL at the Rams..

    They couldn’t keep if Nelly depended on it.

  7. JackLeone says: Mar 3, 2011 5:42 PM

    Two words: ching, ching!

  8. geeeeemen says: Mar 3, 2011 5:44 PM

    adam archuleta x2

  9. kevo126 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:44 PM

    “The Redskins still have holes at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end, nose tackle, and linebacker. And arguably running back and several spots on the offensive line.”

    hahah nice

    “But their defensive secondary, at least, is shaping up nicely on paper.”

    their secondary was 31st in pass d last year. atogwe is not going to completely change that by any means. they need to face the facts that landry needs to move to lb and then get another safety.

  10. trbowman says: Mar 3, 2011 5:45 PM

    No, running back isn’t even close to a need for the Redskins

  11. medtxpack says: Mar 3, 2011 5:47 PM

    dont the cowboys have interest in EVERYONE?
    good to see the skins made a resonable common sense type o move…

  12. beastofeden says: Mar 3, 2011 5:50 PM

    For those who don’t follow Redskin football, Laron Landry is more bust then beast. Atogwe should be a nice improvement from Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore. I’m excited.

  13. geeeeemen says: Mar 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    the redskins were not gonna let the possibility of no free agency stop them!

  14. zar21 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:52 PM

    Good now they might lose by 10 points instead of 17. When and if the skins don’t draft cam newton or any overrated QB and get rid of al buttersworth I will believe Shanahan is not a complete idiot. Better off draft a O or D lineman in the 1st round, one of those QB’s will drop to the 2nd round and keep McNabb for another year or two while he develops.

  15. umbskinsfan says: Mar 3, 2011 5:58 PM

    finally….players coming to the skins because they want to play for the skins, not earn big contracts

  16. skins23 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:59 PM

    Get used to it Skins haters…..no more overpaying now that Bruce and Mike are in house.

  17. iced107 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:00 PM

    As a Ram fan, its always a bummer to see a player go..

    but i’m not upset either – washington overpaid and they will soon realize that.

  18. wallabear63 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:00 PM

    I just don’t get the Redskins Organization at all. They give $100M to a player who, for all intents and purposes, should have been banned-for-life from the league; and now they give all this money to a player who is all-but-insignificant when, regardless of an up-and-down season, the “face” of the Redskins, Mike Shanahan-igan, has repeated shown no respect for a player who too his former team to FIVE NFC Conference Finals and a Super Bowl appearance. I hope your teams improves upon its 2010 record and goes 5-10 in 2011.

  19. donterrelli says: Mar 3, 2011 6:06 PM

    But will they give him Sean Taylor’s old number 21?

  20. gassiusclay says: Mar 3, 2011 6:11 PM

    I like it, now lets hope there is football next year

  21. calzone21411 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    Can’t believe we are going to be off-season Super Bowl Champs again!! Woohoo!!

  22. devinmr711 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:22 PM

    Good move Redskins!!! now lets draft Von Miller since they gotta play a 3-4 D. Trade Cooley (Its Fred Davis time now) for a 2nd Rounder and draft a receiver and QB there.

  23. Kave Krew says: Mar 3, 2011 6:22 PM

    Jan 2012…….and the Redskin end another disappointing year and another crop of free agents failed to deliver……….

  24. schmitty2 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    I hope the Rams are happy with themselves for this. They could have taken a lesson from the Packers on how they handled A.J Hawk

  25. rpm0591 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:40 PM

    Hail Yea!!!! Good Pick up to our secondary this should help make us better! Future is looking a little better each day. Im not talking Superbowl anytime soon but we are rebuilding rite. But i do not wana see him in a 21 Jersey (R.I.P.). I like Atogwe alot but Sean will always be 21 in a Skins fan’s heart.

  26. prior0knowledge says: Mar 3, 2011 6:48 PM

    Another f/a signing… same-o, same-o. At least we did not overpay or pay in draft choices. However, yet again, Redskins are trying to build by taking other teams older players rather than building from within.

  27. docredskin says: Mar 3, 2011 6:53 PM

    Again, as I’ve said before, there is nothing fresh with the “off-season champs” rhetoric. It’s all there, we all know about it. But how about waiting to see how the move pans out rather than assuming it’s another Adam Archuleta. Isn’t there a statute of limitations on lines like that?

    How about we hammer the Bills for drafting the ghost of Aaron Maybin? Or the Chargers for self-destructing and not having the good sense to fire Norville? Or any of the literally hundreds of bad personnel moves in the las handful of seasons?

    Or we could just make another Bruce Smith joke. It’s all the same.

  28. moochzilla says: Mar 3, 2011 6:57 PM

    So the Rams overpay for a FA safety.

    I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

  29. mad55555 says: Mar 3, 2011 7:10 PM

    Hey racist skins, charlie sheen thinks you guys are WINNING!!! while the rest of the actual winning franchises of the nfc east are laughing because you just signed a guy to a long term deal that will support his great grand kids, while he will underpreform for 2 straight years and then get released and retire at 29. The funny part is all the clueless fans that think this is exactly what they need to start the ball rolling. Then those nitwits wonder why they are not WINNING when they overpay these FA. BWAAAAA. High five Charlie Sheen!!! WINNING!!!

  30. ppdoc13 says: Mar 3, 2011 7:21 PM

    I can’t decide who deserves the 10 year SB trophy for winning in free agency. The Foreskins or the Clowns. Every time a player is picked up by these teams their fans start frothing at the mouth about how this is the season or this is the player that is really going to help turn the ship around.

    The problem with the ship is that the Captain is a FREAKING MORON. For the foreskins it is the Danny, who on a daily basis makes himself an even bigger freak show than the day before. For the Clowns it is Randy Lerner, who cares much more about soccer than football.

    I understand that the passion of the Cleveland and Washington fans is better than the majority of the NFL. But I just don’t see either team having long term success until their respective owners die or sell the team.

    At least the Clowns look like they have a plan with Holmgren, but his track record at running a team is not so good. The Foreskins have Shanahan who is becoming more like Al Davis (freaking crazy) as time goes on. But the piece de resistance is the Danny, who might be the biggest a$$hole in the NFL. Which is a hell of a distinction considering Jerrah Jonz is an NFL owner as well.

  31. skinsfan45 says: Mar 3, 2011 7:31 PM

    Most all of you guys are ignorant rednecks, college bros or yuppies trying to feel good about themselves because you know the same three obvious things about football that everybody else in the world knows. i;m sure most of you don’t even cheer for your team until december when they are winning anyway. We all know the skins have made terribble signings in the past, but honestly why don’t you guys analyze a situation yourself or just be like every other idiot and only repeat what you heard on espn or read in the paper. The Redskins signed a great player at a fair deal, i would love somebody to explain to me how or why this is a bad signing. HTTR!

  32. boysroll says: Mar 3, 2011 7:37 PM

    great post mad555555…..i agree. same old same old…SB in the offseason and last place when the season ends. They will never get it as you dont build a WINNER with has beens.

    Signing a player nobody wants…ghee..that sounds familar. Archuleta, mcnabb, haynesworth…the list goes on and on…HAIL SUCKAS!!!!

  33. docredskin says: Mar 3, 2011 7:44 PM

    mad55555 says:
    Mar 3, 2011 7:10 PM
    Hey racist skins, charlie sheen thinks you guys are WINNING!!! while the rest of the actual winning franchises of the nfc east are laughing because you just signed a guy to a long term deal that will support his great grand kids, while he will underpreform for 2 straight years and then get released and retire at 29. The funny part is all the clueless fans that think this is exactly what they need to start the ball rolling. Then those nitwits wonder why they are not WINNING when they overpay these FA. BWAAAAA. High five Charlie Sheen!!! WINNING!!!

    How poignant. No way to argue with this rock-solid logic. Congratulations on adding to intelligent discourse.

  34. rbhttr says: Mar 3, 2011 7:53 PM

    beastofeden says: Mar 3, 2011 5:50 PM

    For those who don’t follow Redskin football, Laron Landry is more bust then beast. Atogwe should be a nice improvement from Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore. I’m excited.

    I’m assuming your one that doesn’t follow the skins. Before LL got hurt he was leading in everything. I’m assuming b/c youd didn’t see him on espn after week 5 you think he’s a bust.

    For the rest of the people who only leave comments about “skins and FA here we go again blah blah blah….”

    Have you seen a big FA since Shanny and co came in town?

    That’s about as tired as Obama blaming Bush for the bad weather this week.

    For what he skins paid with one of the worst d’s last year it was a good move. It was not even a huge contract. All the fist day numbers are always blown up. Even if there close its a good deal for a great player.

    mad55555 says: Mar 3, 2011 7:10 PM

    we all know it’s you boysroll. I’m just glad you could leave a post with out using typical oudated chatt acronyms.

  35. smootysmoot says: Mar 3, 2011 8:04 PM

    @kevo126

    Wow….. U now have officially submitted the most ignorant post on here in a while.

  36. smootysmoot says: Mar 3, 2011 8:11 PM

    @mad55555

    Sorry to kevo126, I was wrong about u having the most ignorant post in a while, it goes to u, u TOOL! Dude, know wtf u r talking about.

  37. searchingandsuffering says: Mar 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    New regime, new day. Shanahan would not sign someone of low character. My bet is this move will pan out. Remember, Shanny didn’t choose Al Haynesworth, he’s smarter than that.

  38. connorchew says: Mar 3, 2011 8:34 PM

    i applaud the skins on a great pickup. now if only he could throw the ball..and catch the ball…and run the ball..and block…

  39. iced107 says: Mar 3, 2011 10:08 PM

    I hope the Rams are happy with themselves for this. They could have taken a lesson from the Packers on how they handled A.J Hawk

    ————————————————

    I imagine they are. They know what Atogwe’s value really is.. he’s incredibbly over hyped and is much better in madden then he is in real life.

    I think its hilarious he’s following Jim Haslett. Only Haslett can take what was once a good defense and make it terrible. Atogwe does not fix your issue…

    get used to watching Atogwe get beat deep being over agressive and get carried down the field while trying to strip the ball…. seen it all too many times over the years,and his play last season is not worth what he wanted.

    Good Move Devaney – I’d rather see Bartell or our younger up and coming corners move to safety..especially johnson, man can lay the wood.

  40. mashoaf says: Mar 3, 2011 10:25 PM

    Sounds like Adam Archuleta part deux.

  41. mad55555 says: Mar 3, 2011 11:13 PM

    Just know when you see me post WINNING in the racist skins posts, when in reality they will be losing and failing and losing some more, you will remember this great signing of ATOGWE “THE GAME CHANGER”. Truthfully, If anyone, and I mean ANY OTHER TEAM ACTUALLY offered this guy the same amount of $ as the fail skins, which team do you think he would go to??? Well, since this team only knows Charlie Sheen WINNING!!! I guess that answers the question.
    “Hey Charlie, what are you doing?”
    Charlie: “The only thing I know how to do… WINNING….like the racistskins”
    FAIL!

  42. skinsdiehard says: Mar 4, 2011 12:49 AM

    Amazingly stupid NFL fans on this post if you think that the Redskins should not participate in free agency. Shanahan and Allen cannot avoid free agency just because Cerratto did not use it effectively. All teams use free agency…not just the Skins idiots. It can be done judiciously, and this is one of those times. People need to get over the days of drafting players and having them stay with a team for 10 years. Teams have to manage their rosters more like colleges. Locking up players for 4 or years is reasonable nowadays. Skins will have Atogwe for at least 3 seasons. That is pretty good.

  43. skinsdiehard says: Mar 4, 2011 12:51 AM

    Defensive end is not a position of need. Skins have Carriker and Jarmon as legit starters. Golston and Daniels are decent backups.

  44. ramcountry says: Mar 4, 2011 7:09 AM

    @ iced

    You’d rather see Bartell or Johnson at safety? That’s stupid.

  45. boysrolll says: Mar 4, 2011 7:13 AM

    great post mad555555…..i wanna give u a reacharound wile gettin sum of ur back……………..i know u agree.
    Signing a player nobody wants…except the cowfukrs………….who have invisible men playing SS on thier home SB winning 6-10 most points allowed in team history losers…….ghee..that sounds familar. I SUCKASS!!!!
    I’M 7′ 12″ 437 1/2 LBS! LMFAO.

  46. ramcountry says: Mar 4, 2011 7:16 AM

    And not just because Johnson was waived by the Rams 18 months ago.

  47. rbhttr says: Mar 4, 2011 11:50 AM

    Did boysroll just complement on of his other log in names? Truly amazing.
    The search for significance on pft is really funny man. How come you never comment on any of the cowboy post?
    Just say’n.

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