The deal was initially reported Tuesday by Sportsnet's Arash Madani. Atogwe later confirmed the report via a text message sent to Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., the flagship station of the Washington Redskins, with whom Atogwe spent the 2011 season.
Signed to a five-year, $26 million contract by the Redskins last March, Atogwe appeared in 13 games, including eight starts, totaling 60 tackles and three interceptions. Atogwe, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the St. Louis Rams, has 450 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 25 interceptions in his career.
This move is not a major surprise; secondary coach Mike Zordich had previously anticipated the team adding a veteran to a group that is projected to start Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman in 2012. Atgowe has the versatility to play either strong or free safety and adds veteran depth behind Allen, Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett, a second-round pick in 2011.