General manager Howie Roseman wants to create as much competition at Training Camp this year as possible and he has proven that he will not stop tweaking the roster in order to make that happen.
Roseman showed that once again Wednesday as the Eagles and veteran safety O.J. Atogwe agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The 5-11, 205-pound Atogwe will not step in as a starter for the Eagles, but provide quality insurance behind starters Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman. To make room on the roster, longsnapper Matt Camilli was waived.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old Atogwe has played in seven NFL seasons after being selected by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Stanford. In 101 career regular season games (82 starts), Atogwe has accumulated 25 interceptions, 5.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and scored two touchdowns.
"O.J. will bring us veteran, quality depth at the safety position," said Roseman. "We feel good about the young safeties we have on our roster, but our goal is to have the most competition possible at all of our positions as we head into training camp. O.J.'s presence will help to enhance that for the safety group. He is an accomplished player in this league and we're happy to have him."
Atogwe spent his first six seasons with the Rams and was their franchise player in 2009. Statistically, Atogwe's best season came in 2007 when he collected 75 tackles and a career-best eight interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He signed with the Redskins prior to the 2011 season and played in 13 games (eight starts). He finished the season with 66 tackles, three interceptions and a half-sack.
One of 16 current Canadian-born NFL players, according to TSN, Atogwe joins another Canadian-born Eagle in Danny Watkins. Atogwe is the son-in-law of former 49ers head coach and current Vikings special assistant/linebacker coach Mike Singletary.
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