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Dolphins not into O.J. Atogwe, but Bills are

2/24/2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- League sources at the NFL scouting combine tell me the Miami Dolphins aren't particularly interested in unattached safety O.J. Atogwe, but the Buffalo Bills probably will check him out.

AtogweAtogweAtogwe, released by the St. Louis Rams last week because he was due an $8 million roster bonus, could visit One Bills Drive right after the NFL scouting combine. The Bills hosted free-agent strong safety Bob Sanders on Tuesday night.

Atogwe already has visited the Washington Redskins, where former Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett works now. The six-year veteran started 15 games and was a captain for the Rams last season. He recorded three interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

He made a career-high eight interceptions in 2007. His best all-around campaign was 2008, when he had five interceptions, six forced fumbles and three recoveries.

Buffalo needs safety help because Donte Whitner and top backup George Wilson are about to become free agents.

Miami boasts a solid defensive unit, but its biggest weakness might be free safety. Strong safety Yeremiah Bell has been a asset. But for the past few years the Dolphins have been susceptible to deep plays up the middle. Last season was no different with Chris Clemons.