The Philadelphia Eagles are close to announcing the signing of free agent safety O.J. Atogwe, who spent 2011 with the NFC East rival Washington Redskins, according to reports.
Atogwe may not be the safety in shining armor that some had hoped for, but he will be an important addition for the Birds who need veteran experience at safety.
The player texted ESPN radio’s Chris Russell to say that he had signed with Philadelphia on Tuesday, Russell stated on Twitter.
The team reached its maximum foster size of 90 on Monday with the claim of DE Monte Taylor. Accordingly, Atogwe’s signing must be accompanied by a corresponding cut to keep its size to 90.
Head coach Andy Reid has said that Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are his starters at safety. The position was a known area of need that team did not fill during the draft or previously in free agency, though they made other attempts to bring in veteran help with LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, both of whom ended up signing with the Jets.