The Redskins snuck in a last-minute signing before a likely NFL lockout takes place, signing former St. Louis Rams free safety O.J. Atogwe to a five-year contract. The deal is worth $26 million, which is a few million less than a contract Atogwe signed with the Rams last offseason before being released in January, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter of television.
If so, that is pretty fair market value for one of the better safeties in the league. Atogwe has fallen off since a breakout 2007 season, but is still a ball-hawking safety that is fairly paid at just over $5 million a season. He is also significantly better than incumbent Kareem Moore, and no draft picks were sacrificed to get him.
Atogwe is also very familiar with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who coached him in 2007 when he had his best season. He should combine with LaRon Landry to form one of the stronger safety combinations in the NFC.