Dolphins Thirsty for some O.J. a-la Atogwe?

By Matt Gullette

There’s no better way to start the morning than a cold glass of freshly squeezed Florida O.J. The question is: does Bill Parcells prefer apple juice?

I know I’ve already discussed this topic before, but what was once only speculation is now a full-blown, legitimate option. It deserves to be revisited.

Since the St. Louis Rams failed to place any sort of tender on O.J. Atogwe,  the veteran free safety is officially an unrestricted free agent as of June 1 and therefore is free to sign with whomever he wants.

Hmmm…are the Miami Dolphins among these potential suitors? It seems likely.

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s not forget about the young corp of talent the Dolphins already have at the free safety position. Many think Tyrone Culver has what it takes to start for the Dolphins this season, but with only two NFL starts under his belt, it’s like playing Secret Santa: you never know what you’re going to get (or was that a box of chocolates?).

On the other hand, there is the quick and versatile Chris Clemons, who also has only two NFL starts, and his lack of vocal leadership makes me question his ability to lead a defense that was ranked 24th in yards allowed last season. The same goes for Reshad Jones, who’s built more like a strong safety and the eventual replacement of Yeremiah Bell.

So that leaves us with the now possible, albeit expensive, option of O.J. Atogwe. The 28-year old is entering his sixth year in the NFL, all of which were previously with the Rams, and he’s racked up 15 interceptions in the past three seasons (Dolphin safeties have recorded only 12 picks during that same span).

I don’t know if Miami has the cash for it, but he seems to be a very viable option and a definite upgrade. Yes, it may be comparing apples to oranges, but some experience could really help in the backfield. How much would you pay for a glass of O.J. a-la Atogwe?

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