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O.J. Atogwe is an intriguing option for the New York Jets to fill that free safety spot on the roster.
The Jets have already signed LaRon Landry, who played next to Atogwe last season as the two safeties on the Washington Redskins.
The fact that Landry and Atogwe know how to play alongside one another could make this the best option for the Jets' starting safety tandem.
Atogwe is not exactly a ball hawk, but he is a solid starter and when healthy can cover the middle of the field.
However, signing Atogwe would be a major risk for the Jets.
Atogwe is 30 years old and has a history of injuries. This is the same risk the Jets took by signing Landry, so what if both safeties end up on injured reserve?
That wouldn't bode well for the Jets.
Bringing in two guys with injury histories to secure both safety positions would put them in the same position as last season when Jim Leonhard went down.
The Jets still have Eric Smith but they let Brodney Pool walk away in free agency. If Landry and Atogwe were to get hurt, the Jets would be stuck with Smith as their starter and also without a true strong safety.
However, the New York Jets should take a shot at bringing in Atogwe if the price is right. It would be a solid move to solidify the core of defensive backs on the team. If Atogwe can produce as the Jets' free safety, it would be a low-risk/high-reward signing.