Monday, February 21, 2011
Atogwe headed to Washington?
By Matt Mosley
The Washington Redskins will host safety Oshiomogho Atogwe today, according to Howard Balzer of St. Louis' ESPN 101. Atogwe was released by the Rams because they didn't want to pay him an $8 million bonus. For now, he's exploring his options. And you'd have to think the Cowboys would also be interested in taking a look at Atogwe.
"This is an opportunity for me to explore other options," Atogwe told Balzer. "It doesn't mean the Rams aren't still an option. A door has been opened so I can really see if this is where I'm supposed to continue to be, or if I am supposed to go elsewhere. It gives me and my family more options to make a decision."
Atogwe, 29, had the best season of his career while playing for Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett while he was with the Rams in 2007. The safety had eight of his 22 career interceptions that season. It's also worth noting that Atogwe is engaged to the daughter of Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary. And the Vikings are in desperate need of help at the safety position.
Players such as Atogwe and Shaun Rogers are getting their own version of a free agency period. And given all the uncertainty surrounding the labor negotiations, they'd probably be wise to strike a deal before March 4.