Source: Eagles haven't signed Atogwe yet
The Eagles are in talks with veteran safety O.J. Atogwe, according to a league source, but a deal is not yet in place despite a report that the Birds had reached an agreement with the 30-year-old free agent.
Earlier on Tuesday, Arash Madani of Sportsnet Canada
reported that the two sides had reached a deal. Not long after, Chris Russel of ESPNRadio980 tweeted
that Atogwe had confirmed the signing via a text message, reportedly saying, "It is true."
Should the Eagles sign him, they'll be forced to release another player because their roster is currently at the maximum of 90.
Why add Atogwe? He would give the Eagles insurance behind their three young safeties, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett. Allen's starting spot appears safe. Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett, second-round pick last year's draft, will compete for the other starting spot.
Atogwe spent six seasons with the St. Louis Rams before signing a five-year, $26 million deal with the Washington Redskins last off-season.
The Redskins released Atogwe on March 12 because of salary cap reasons. He started eight games for the 'Skins in 2011 and compiled 60 tackles and three interceptions.