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Vikings had "serious interest" in Atogwe

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  • June 30, 2011 - 12:35 PM

When the St. Louis Rams released O.J. Atogwe in February, there were more than a few Vikings fans who wondered if the team might attempt to sign the safety.

Turns out the Vikings did pursue him.

Atogwe, who is taking part in workouts this week on the University of Minnesota campus that are organized by Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and strength and conditioning specialist Bill Welle, said Thursday that he spoke briefly with the Vikings before deciding to sign a reported five-year, $26 million deal with Washington.

“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, who will play free safety for the Redskins, has 22 interceptions in six seasons and had a career-high eight in 2007 while playing under former Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Haslett now holds the same job with the Redskins.

The Vikings free safety is Madieu Williams, who has three interceptions in three seasons with the Vikings since being signed as a free agent in 2008.

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