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Atogwe Visits Redskins Park

Veteran safety Oshiomogho Atogwe visited Redskins Park and met with team officials on Tuesday.

Atogwe is an unrestricted free agent. He was released by the St. Louis Rams on Feb. 18.

Even though free agency is not scheduled to begin until March 4, Atogwe is free to sign with another team because he was released by his former team.

Atogwe, 5-11 and 205 pounds, is a 6-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Rams. He has played primarily free safety.

A starter in the Rams secondary since 2006, Atogwe has compiled 390 tackles, five sacks, 22 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles.

Last year, he logged 73 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles for the Rams.

From 2006-08, Atogwe played for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in St. Louis. (Haslett was named interim head coach midseason in 2008.) Haslett is now the Redskins' defensive coordinator.

Atogwe had his best statistical season in 2007 when he logged 75 tackles and a career-high eight interceptions, one of which he returned 52 yards for a touchdown.

Redskins fans may remember Atogwe from a 2008 contest at FedExField in which he recovered a fumble and raced 75 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. The Rams would go on to win that game 19-17.

Atogwe, who is of Nigerian descent, entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick by the Rams. He played college football at Stanford.

With LaRon Landry seemingly set at strong safety once he's healthy, the Redskins may consider an upgrade at free safety this offseason.

Third-year player Kareem Moore struggled through an injury-plagued season and Reed Doughty is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

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