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Dallas Cowboys 2011 Free Agency: Safety Watch

OJ Atogwe is visiting a team that happens to be one in our division.
OJ Atogwe is visiting a team that happens to be one in our division.

Granted the 2011 season of free agency is in limbo right now, the CBA talks have a lot to do with what is going to happen on that front. But, we've had a handful of big-name players released recently, and those players are free to sign anywhere.

Of some interest to the Dallas Cowboys fanbase has been two safeties on the market, Bob Sanders and  OJ Atogwe. The Cowboys certainly need help at the position, and the draft class of 2011 isn't too promising at safety. According to the Ranch Report, those two players are of some interest to the Cowboys organization, but in the article they say that the player's names have been discussed inside Valley Ranch, which has probably happened with every team across the league. So it's not too strong of an endorsement of the idea from the the Cowboys. They also say that the Cowboys are planning to add a veteran safety, possibly two.

But, as with everything at this time of year, you have to be a little circumspect. Organizations are looking at all kinds of possibilities, and are determining where they can get help at specific positions. With the labor uncertainty, it's an even more daunting task this year. So any "name player" that is released will instantly be associated with a handful of teams, or even dozens of teams.

As of now, we've had no word on any players visiting Dallas.

So, what are Sanders and Atogwe up to?

They're visiting teams.

Sanders has active.

Former Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, according to a league source.

Sanders spent Tuesday morning traveling to Buffalo, where he will meet with Bills officials later in the day, according to a league source

I'm sure the Colts fanbase would hate the idea of playing against Sanders a couple of times a year if he ended up in Jacksonville, as long as he can stay healthy, that is.

As for Atogwe, I don't like the sound of this.

A league source said that free agent free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe will meet with Washington Redskins officials and coaches Tuesday. There were reports that Atogwe was going to be at Redskins Park on Monday. But many Redskins coaches were out of town for the holiday weekend, and Atogwe didn't arrive in the D.C. area until the evening, according to two sources familiar with the situation. The meeting will take place Tuesday, and the Redskins are said to be very interested in the six-year pro, who played three seasons under Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in St. Louis (2006 to 2008).

I would be interested in the Cowboys talking to Atogwe even without this latest news. But I would be even more interested now, instead of lining up against him twice a year.

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