As we all await a decision to the ongoing labor negotiations that will allow them to enter free agency, it's easy to forget about the one free agent that the Redskins did sign just before the lockout: Safety O.J. Atogwe.
Atogwe has been relatively silent since signing with Washington back in March for a reported five years and $26 million dollars. He was unable to make it to any of the workouts that the team organized this offseason, not giving him a chance to meet any of his new teammates.
But Atogwe was finally spotted this week at University of Minnesota participating in workouts alongside Larry Fitzgerald and others, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Atogwe mentioned after a workout his desire to be a Redskin and how he received serious interest from the Vikings just before signing with Washington:
"There were a lot of teams that showed interest, but maybe a handful of teams that had some serious interest," Atogwe said. "The Vikings were one of the teams, but the timing issue and just where I believe I was being led by God told me to go to the Redskins."
Atogwe's signing addressed a huge need in the secondary for the Redskins. The team is hoping that his familiarity with Jim Haslett's scheme will not only help out with securing the back end of the field, but will allow for Laron Landry to continue to wreak havok closer to the line of scrimmage as well.
Hopefully for Atogwe and the Redskins, the next time he practices will be with the rest of the team in Ashburn, Va.