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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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Report: Bills interest in Atogwe?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2011 – 7:58 am

According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report the Bills are interested in Rams free agent safety O.J. Atogwe.

The report says that Atogwe will visit with the Washington Redskins Tuesday with his former defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jim Haslett now the Redskins defensive coordinator.

But the report indicates that the Bills are believed to have interest as well with both George Wilson and Donte Whitner scheduled to become free agents.

Atogwe was released last week due to an $8 million roster bonus that was due on Monday. So Atogwe can sign with any team, any time up until March 4th. If there’s no new CBA he could not sign until there is a new labor agreement reached. Atogwe has been a productive safety in his career with 22 interceptions in his 88-game NFL career.

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