Eagles Bring in Veteran Safety
The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have agreed to terms with safety O.J. Atogwe (ah-TOG-way) on a one-year contract. To make room on the 90-man roster, the team has released LS Matt Camilli. The Eagles have also named Greg Gabriel as a senior college scout and Roger Pollard as a NFS scout.
Atogwe (5-11, 205) has amassed 520 tackles, 25 interceptions, 5.5 sacks and 19 forced fumbles in his seven-year NFL career. Since entering the league as a 3rd round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2005, Atogwe’s interception total ranks eighth in the NFL and third among all safeties, including an NFC-best eight in 2007.
After spending his first six seasons as a member of the Rams (2005-10), Atogwe joined the Washington Redskins in 2011, and played in 13 games, recording 66 tackles and three interceptions. A native of Windsor, Ontario, the 30-year-old Atogwe played collegiately at Stanford and also ran track while majoring in biological sciences.
“O.J. will bring us veteran, quality depth at the safety position,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “We feel good about the young safeties we have on our roster, but our goal is to have the most competition possible at all of our positions as we head into training camp. O.J.’s presence will help to enhance that for the safety group. He is an accomplished player in this league and we’re happy to have him.”
Gabriel, a 29-year NFL scouting veteran, was most recently with the Chicago Bears as the team’s director of college scouting from 2001-2010. In his previous position, Gabriel played a key role in crafting the Bears draft plans as well as evaluating college players. Prior to his nine-year tenure with Chicago, Gabriel spent 16 years in the New York Giants scouting department, beginning in 1985. He contributed to teams that won two Super Bowls and three NFC Championship games with the Giants, where he worked his way up from an area scout to the club’s director of player development. Gabriel broke into scouting as a part-time scout with Buffalo in 1981. A three-year starting running back for Canisius College, the Buffalo, NY native contributed to the popular website National Football Post following his tenure with the Bears.
Pollard joins the Eagles personnel department after serving as a college scout for the Miami Dolphins from 2003-08. With Miami, Pollard evaluated talent in the Northeast area with BLESTO responsibilities. Prior to his work with the Dolphins, Pollard coached at the collegiate level in various roles. He was the head coach at Dean College from 1996-98 and was also an assistant coach for 12 seasons with stops at Columbia (2000-02), Jacksonville (1999-00), Brown (1991-94), and Hofstra (1989-91). Pollard worked on the set of ESPN’s “The NFL Matchup Show” before coming to Philadelphia. He also assisted in coordinating the operations of NFL Europe in 2003.