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Atogwe considered Vikings before signing with Redskins

O.J. Atogwe might be readying for his first season with the Minnesota Vikings, rather than the Washington Redskins, had things gone differently.

The seventh-year free safety, who's participating in workouts this week at the University of Minnesota organized in part by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, told the *Star Tribune* on Thursday that he spoke to the Vikings after he was released by the St. Louis Rams in February and before he signed a five-year, $26 million pact with the Redskins.

"There were a lot of teams that showed interest, but maybe a handful of teams that had some serious interest," Atogwe said. "The Vikings were one of the teams, but the timing issue and just where I believe I was being led by God told me to go to the Redskins."

Atogwe intercepted 22 passes in six seasons with the Rams and had a career-eight picks in 2007 under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, whom he will rejoin in Washington.

The Vikings' free safety is Madieu Williams, who has made three interceptions in three seasons since signing a free-agent deal in 2008.

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