Inside The Bills

Safety interest not a surprise

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2011 – 8:03 am

With a potential hole at safety due to impending free agents Donte Whitner and George Wilson it’s no surprise there’s reported interest in some of the more productive safeties available right now.

Bob Sanders and O.J. Atogwe have an unusual advantage having been released by their former clubs last week. Both are free agents free to sign with any club right now, and the Bills reportedly have interest in both with Sanders reportedly scheduled to visit Tuesday. As such NFL teams with a possible hole at safety feel they have the same advantage if they like what they see in Sanders or Atogwe. It’s a chance for them to fill a hole right now.

With the chances for a new labor deal completely up in the air there’s a real possibility that after March 4th there will be no free agency. That will prevent NFL clubs from addressing positional needs by signing free agents and will have to use the NFL draft as the first means of addressing team needs.

Sanders and Atogwe could prove to be one of the few ways to use a free agent to fill a need prior to the draft as they have until March 4th to sign with any NFL club. Of course if there is no new labor deal by March 4th, and they have yet to sign with any team, they too must wait until a new labor agreement is reached.

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