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Washington Redskins Sign Oshiomogho Atogwe to 5-Year, $26 Million Deal

Atogwe is one of the leagues best safeties.
Atogwe is one of the leagues best safeties.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Matt JamesContributor IIMarch 3, 2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe, the venerable safety from the St. Louis Rams, has agreed to a five-year deal that will leave him firmly secured on the Washington Redskins’ roster. 

Atogwe’s addition is a welcomed one on a defensive squad that struggled all throughout the 2010-2011 season. In combination with existing safety LaRon Landry, the Redskins appear to have made a very solid, very necessary addition to their otherwise hurting personnel depth dilemma. 

One benefit that Atogwe has is his ability to play deep in the middle and to stealthily move around as a sleeper during evolving plays. Atogwe’s skill set in Cover 2, in addition to various blitz packages, make his arrival all the more savory for the 31st-ranked defense in the league. 

In consideration of everything already mentioned, Atogwe also signed a rather modest contract—something extremely rare for the Redskins' front office. His five-year, $26 million deal is rather good for Washington’s budget and comes as a pleasant surprise to fans, which are more acquainted with lavish, unbelievable free-agent signings.

Is this a sign that leveler heads are prevailing in the Washington front office? No matter what the reason, this deal was a good one and it brings hope that 2011 will be an efficient and productive year for the burgundy and gold. 

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