Veteran safety O.J. Atogwe finally landed with a team for the 2012 season, agreeing to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal. The Eagles have been seeking to add a veteran safety this offseason, working out Yeremiah Bell earlier this Spring.
Atogwe is heading into his eighth season in the league and is joing his third team in three seasons. The Stanford product entered the season with the St. Louis Rams in 2005 and joined the Washington Redskins last season. Known as a hard hitting defender with a nose for the football, Atogwe struggled with injuries last season and by many accounts, appeared to lose some speed on the field.
Atogwe ‘s signing is a move to provide depth in the Eagles defensive backfield. He should not crack the starting lineup but he should find his way onto the field in limited situations. The signing adds a veteran presence in the locker room. On the current Eagles 90-man roster, Atogwe becomes just the fourth player over the age of 31, as he turns 31 on Saturday. Jason Babin, 32, Nnamdi Asomugha, 30, and Joselio Hanson, 30, are the other three defenders 30 or over on the Philadelphia roster.