S Oshiomogho Atogwe and LB Tim Shaw set to visit Lions next week

Posted by ttwentyman on March 15, 2012 – 3:14 pm

The Lions will continue to look for ways to improve their football team by hosting free agent linebacker Tim Shaw and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe next week, according to league sources.

Atogwe, 30, spent his first six NFL seasons with the Rams (2005-10) where he earned the reputation of being a ball hawk. He led the NFC with eight interceptions in 2007 and was the Rams’ defensive MVP in 2008 after an 85-tackle, five-interception season.

Atogwe played in 13 games (eight starts) for the Redskins last season after signing a five-year, $26 million deal. He battled hamstring, knee and toe injuries that kept him in and out of the line-up all season.

The Redskins released him earlier this week. He’s also scheduled to visit the Vikings.

The Lions were devastated by injuries at the safety position last season and Atogwe would add veteran experience and starting experience to the unit.

Shaw has started only one game in his career, but is a special teams ace with 52 special teams tackles over the last three years, which ranks in the top three in the NFL.

He played running back and linebacker locally at Livonia Clarenceville and ended his high school career as the state’s leading rusher with 7,611 yards and 131 touchdowns.

Shaw played at Penn State and was a fifth-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2007 and would instantly improve the Lions’ special team’s unit.

Lions reserve linebackers Bobby Carpenter, Isaiah Ekejiuba and Ashlee Palmer are also unrestricted free agents.

The Lions placed a second-round tender offer on starting outside linebacker DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, the team’s starter on the other side, is under contract for 2012. Doug Hogue, the Lions’ fifth-round pick last season, is expected to contribute more in 2012.

The Lions are also talking to unrestricted free agent linebacker Stephen Tulloch about re-signing with the team.


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24 Responses to “S Oshiomogho Atogwe and LB Tim Shaw set to visit Lions next week”

  1. By hector on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    soy creo de los pocos aficionados de los leones en mexico desde siempre que chido que se alla acabado la maldicion este año vamos por el super bowl

  2. By dcleve126 on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Checking to see what the Lions are doing in free agency, nothing good sign i think not to rush out and grab players. Can you say redskins bust: stay steady Lions.

  3. By darren on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    why is the lions not trying to get laron landry? stephen tulloch can tackle but he cant run, lions we also need a cover linebacker, to many points we gave up and we made matt flynn look like a all star, that guy is bum, we need a cover linebacker, with some speed and who can tackle, now we need to replace eric wright who is under rated, and we want to reace him with who??? wtf??? are u all serious. wake up martin mayhew.

  4. By carol wadsworth on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I am consearned about the corner backs and someone being tough enough to defend stafford. im also glad about Calvin Johnson, hope he remembers to keep his hands from being hurt. and his legs, sure hope detroit can win alot this year, like beating the cheese heads, and the vikings, and the patriots, and the 49 ers..they have randy moss now, so they really expect him to do wonders, randy plays when he wants to play. other than that he dont care, i hope detroit can whoop up on them. cant stand aron rodgers, or greg jennings. i hope the lions can block, for stafford, or he will get hurt.he hardly runs with the ball and he should. he is no different than any other player on the team. i sure hope the boys can improve on blocking and running , and hope stafford dont throw interceptions. we cant afford that, and they need to do something on 3 RD DOWNS.get closer than 3rd and 20 or 3rd and 12, that dont get it.. i hold my breath when he throws long and the ball stays in the air to long.it,s anyone,s ball then.the boys are making big bucks now, so they have to exicute..im so excited to get back into foot ball. i want them to win a championship, they all deserve it. that is what barry sanders deserved to a championship, and a ring. love the barry boy. he,s a sweetheart.!!!!! Iwant to thank you tim for letting me vent. im a lions fan from way back. ENOUGH SAID.

  5. By Drew on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Definitely bring Stephen Tulloch back to a long term deal, hes worth it big time!

  6. By Drew on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    The last time we had a LB(s) that reliable was in the 90s with Chris Soielman(#54) & Stephen Boyd(#57). Its time we lock down a real quality MLB

  7. By Drew on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    The last time we had a LB(s) that reliable was in the 90s with Chris Spielman(#54) & Stephen Boyd(#57). Its time we lock down a real quality MLB

  8. By Drew on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Do whatever it takes to get Atogwe & Tulloch.give Lacey a nice piece of the pie(steal deal), at least we could count on a decent season between 6 to 10 wins and keep us in the top/middle of the league. repeat of 90s wouldn’t look so bad right now. Atogwe belongs in Mo-Town, sign him a 3 or 4 year deal if possible. kudos to Tulloch

  9. By Mondo on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Last year everyone was talking like this dude was big stuff.
    Hopefully we can get him for peanuts. If not, get him his crutches and let him walk.

  10. By Hogfish on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    This free agency has made quite the impact lately. The quality of talent, longivity, team aspects, and the dollar signs are all factors. Players that want to be a winner need to come knocking on the Lions door. The salary cap set for the teams this year is way to low.

  11. By ttwentyman on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’m certainly on the side of bringing Tulloch back. I think he fits the scheme very well and I disagree with Darren when he said Tulloch can’t run. I thought one of the biggest improvements to the unit last year was the speed Tulloch and Durant brought to the defense.
    Atogwe looks to be a pretty good coverage safety (8 interceptions in 2007) and paired with Delmas could make a nice little tandem back there. Just my opinion.

  12. By caleb on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Drew, the last time we had good linebackers was Spielman and Boyd, and boy have they been missed, detroits lbs are baby’s, we need an intimidating MLB that teams will be scared of for years to come, we need the next patrick willis or ray lewis, picking up this Shaw scrub will do no good and neither will Atogwe he is washed up

  13. By Eddie Hiller on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    I think those will be good visits but I would like to see us in DB Don Carey get a chance to start.

  14. By LionsFan in BC on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to CJ for the big contract. You’ve been a phenom til now, please don’t let up now that you have gotten paid! I think it was a mistake to franchise Avril. He doesn’t care about detroit. Same for Tulloch. all the great players don’t concern themselves about the money, because they know they will get paid in th end. what’s the difference between getting 10 mill versus 13 mill, other than ego.
    I think the O-line needs a slight tweak. I think the D-line needs a fire lit under them. Is Suh can cause more trouble in opposing teams backfields than he seems to get into off the field, it would be a great thing. The LB and CB situation seems a little wanting. Tulloch can sniff out plays well enough, and he can hit, but he lacks speed. I am looking forward to a healthy Leshore and Best (possibly Smith as well!).
    I love the direction we are going now and I hope that everyone can remains healthy for a full 16. Am I too optimistic to think that a division title is possible this year?

  15. By Nick Brindley on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sign Dan Connor at linebacker, either Laron Landry or Otogwe at safety, Geoff Schwartz or McNeil for a tackle, then draft a cornerback in the first round and draft the linebacker out of Arizona State in the second round.

  16. By Heffe on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    Atogwe is from Windsor, ON, a few minutes away from Detroit. The Lions could geta small hometown discount with this signing and get good value from this. Not sure who they would bench though or would they move Spevey (sp?) back to corner.

  17. By Brandon on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, I agree with you. We should call Zack Follet and get him back in here. He is a legitimate tough guy we need. The Lions are thin financially and need tough blue collar players to complete what Stafford, C.J. and Suh do on the field to win. KVB is getting up there and should take another pay cut or give LoJack more time at end with Willie Young.

  18. By russbell on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    well ttwentyman i disagree with you did you watch the new orleans game
    well i did tulloch got burned 4 times he should have drop back to cover
    the deep middle of the field but was to tired and slow he is a run
    stopping mlb not a cover linebacker i taped the game and watch it in slow motion
    3 times he kept putting his hands on his hips half way tru the 3 quater and all
    of the fourth jimmy graham burned him twice dont belive me just watch the game
    we need a player who can cover and stop the run name is curtis lofton
    but the lions wont get him the saints will. come on lions get busy bring us the
    players we need to win a super bowl

  19. By russbell on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    here is my point no ted ginn jr really really wtf come on lions you blew it again
    at least be honest and say sorry fans we let another good player slip away
    patinces my ass i am like a bussard in a tree just waiting for shit to happen

  20. By curtis on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    russbell i agree with you ted ginn jr would have really helped if they don’t get him then they fucked up he can really help with his speed come on martin don’t let him get away what did you get on special team last year and you know he wants to play here and get some damn db’s time is running you lost one of the best we had damn in eric wright now replace

  21. By Larue77 on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    What the Lions are doing is a great thing, all of you out there who think they are making mistakes by not signing certain players are ridiculous. They are on the right track and the whole management team should get a round of applause for turning this franchise back into a winning organization. Nice job fellas! I would love it if they signed Tulloch and a couple of starters in the backfield.

  22. By RiccoS on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    It wont matter who they sign if they cant run the ball consistantly,J.Best is basically a 3rd down back but is always hurt as is the case with K.Smith.I would of liked to seen what M.LeShoure could of done last season.

  23. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I really wanted Atogwe ih here, Speivey just doesn’t seem to be the answer at safety. I hope I’m wrong though.

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