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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