Football is a physical game. It's no secret to anybody, especially the players, that there becomes an age where staying healthy is less common.
At 31 years old, O.J. Atogwe may have experienced the beginning of that last season. Philadelphia has to be cautious about how they handle him.
They have a player that has seven years of experience and has been a very productive NFL safety, but he only started eight games for the Redskins last year after signing a five-year, $26 million contract the summer before.
The Redskins released Atogwe because of how his injuries limited his availability in 2011.
Atogwe has the skills to play either safety position—something that the Eagles should look into. Having Atogwe as a reserve would allow Allen and Coleman to grow as a tandem while gaining veteran leadership from the sidelines.
Atogwe starting would only bring a sense of uncertainty as to whether the whole secondary will be healthy enough to start the next week. It would also delay Coleman's growth.