One of the bigger names to hit the market after final roster cuts on Friday was safety O.J. Atogwe, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Atogwe was attempting to make the Eagles’ roster after he was cut just a year into a five-year deal with the Washington Redskins. A hamstring injury he sustained in the preseason finale didn’t really help his case.
Now a free agent, Atogwe could be an intriguing option for the Chicago Bears, if they choose to look for some help for the secondary. The defensive backs, and the depth back there, have been something of a concern for this team, even going back to last season. The safeties are especially troubling.
The team is set to roll with Major Wright and Chris Conte as the starting safeties this season, with likes of Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters, and undrafted rookie Jeremy Jones serving as the depth. Third round pick Brandon Hardin is on injured reserve.
The Bears have reportedly looked at former Green Bay Packers safety Charlie Peprah, so they’re at least exploring the potential to upgrade at safety. Atogwe could be a player worth taking a chance on for this team.
Atogwe had a very solid career with the St. Louis Rams before spending just one year with the Redskins and failing to make the team out of camp with the Eagles. His best years are likely behind him, but he’d at least be a nice veteran presence to have around the young guys currently starting.
It’s unlikely that the Bears will seriously pursue Atogwe, if at all, especially since his injury would like him prevent him from contributing right away. Nonetheless, it’s something to consider.