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Eagles sign O.J. Atogwe

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The Eagles have picked up a safety with starting experience, signing free agent O.J. Atogwe.

Atogwe signed what was labeled as a five-year, $26 million contract with the Redskins last year and played 13 games, starting eight. He was released by the Redskins on March 12 of this year, and he drew interest from the Chiefs, Lions, Jets and Vikings before finally arriving in Philadelphia.

The signing of the Canadian Atogwe was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada.

Prior to playing last season for the Redskins, Atogwe played six years for the Rams and was a starter for all but his rookie year. The Eagles return both of their starting safeties from last season, Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen, so Atogwe may have a tough time earning a spot in the starting lineup in Philadelphia.

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19 Responses to “Eagles sign O.J. Atogwe”
  1. dmq13 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    Hard time earning a starting spot…really?! If Nate and Kurt play as inconsistently as they did last year he has a realistic shot at getting some playin time.

  2. angryamericancitizen says: Jun 19, 2012 2:14 PM

    Atogwe is done fellas. It’s not just occasional badly screwed up coverage, it’s that he is mediocre in the running game.

    He looks like he’s playing hurt when he isn’t hurt.

  3. leonbryte says: Jun 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    The Eagles return both of their starting safeties from last season, Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen, so Atogwe may have a tough time earning a spot in the starting lineup in Philadelphia.
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    Yeah, unseating either one of those two stalwarts is sure to be nearly impossible. LMFAO!

  4. khuxford says: Jun 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    Really thought the Jets should have signed him.

  5. chrisvegas says: Jun 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    Atogwe is done fellas. It’s not just occasional badly screwed up coverage, it’s that he is mediocre in the running game.

    He looks like he’s playing hurt when he isn’t hurt.
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    His problem has been injuries. He is only 31. If he is healthy he can return to his level of play from two years ago, which is better then any of the current S on the Eagles. This is a good signing by Philly. Atogwe has alot of upside and is young enough to have a bounce back year if he can stay healthy.

  6. eaglesw00t says: Jun 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    Atogwe is in the same boat as Bell, a little too old, and a little too slow.

    Its nice to have a little experience back there now, and an extra camp body…but Atogwe is the guy I wanted 5 years ago, not now.

  7. sj39 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:31 PM

    He was a ball hawk with the Rams but I think his skills have diminished quite a bit since those days.

  8. jacksaysfu says: Jun 19, 2012 2:49 PM

    Atogwe wasn’t that bad last year . Quarterback’s only had a 76 rating throwing against him , he had 3 INT’s & was still solid at tackling . Granted he wasn’t close to playing up to his contract & he’s been injury prone , but he provides real competition, depth & brings a veteran presence to the Safety position . At least we now know that Jaiquawn (sp?) Jarett is an absolute bust .

  9. vdaigglesfan says: Jun 19, 2012 2:51 PM

    Okay so NOW it’s okay to have safeties north of 30. Sigh… I still miss BDawk.

  10. goredskins11 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:59 PM

    khuxford says:
    Jun 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    Really thought the Jets should have signed him.
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    If the Jets had signed him after already getting Landry, they would have had the worst part of the Redskins defense from last year. :-0

  11. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:15 PM

    They should have signed Laron Landry too. That way the Brittle Brothers could be united once again to allow every pass over 15 yards to sail over their heads.

  12. distracted9 says: Jun 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    I like the signing, last year was a down year but he really came into it the last 3 or 4 games. I don’t think he solves our issues at safety but it can’t hurt to have a veteran back there.. Jarrett and Allen both have the physical skill set to be productive but Jarrett seems to lack knowledge and Allens nuts haven’t seemed to drop yet.. Coleman would be nasty if he was big enough to tackle DeSean.. Hopefully Atogwe pushes them along.

  13. harlemdom says: Jun 19, 2012 5:30 PM

    He might have a bounce back year because he is mad of how he played in the past. If he takes coleman spot I hope he learns how to tacle as a strong safety should. Hopefully the saefties don’t bite on the play action like last year. If the the front seven stops the run safteies will stay in their position.

  14. therealtrenches says: Jun 19, 2012 5:37 PM

    @ vdaiggles fan:

    B-dawk is 39 now. He was 36 when the Eagles let him walk for the insane money that Denver offered him. Otogwe is 31. Welcome to 2012.

    Anyone who thinks Otogwe is markedly better than Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman also needs to check the calendar and the game film on all three.

    Otogwe add’s depth, but nothing more.

  15. lbdpatch says: Jun 19, 2012 5:40 PM

    One the Eagles havent signed him yet and two he would be great working with are rookies and helping them. GO EAGLES!!!!

  16. oldbyrd says: Jun 19, 2012 6:46 PM

    Not a bad move=experienced. Nate Allen will have a break out year, this year. Look for Coleman to be more consistent. Remeber all the guys have a year under their belt with the new defense.Otogwe is perfect for this group and he doesn’t have to start. I think The Birds are now set at safety> Its Back up QB that really worries me. Love to see them get Colt McCoy

  17. realfootballfan says: Jun 19, 2012 8:53 PM

    Did you see their safeties last year. He was penciled in as a starter when he signed the dotted line.

  18. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 19, 2012 8:58 PM

    Not a bad pickup by the Eagles. Adds depth at a position that’s pretty thin for them. Eagles still suck though…

  19. profootballzap says: Jun 19, 2012 11:03 PM

    I don’t quite understand this move unless it is for some veteran insurance… I wonder what the contract looks like

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