Monday, March 12, 2012

Redskins Release Sellers, Atogwe

Mike Sellers, 45, was a staple of the Redskins offense. (Photo: tbd.com)
CSN Washington reported today that the Washington Redskins have released full back Mike Sellers and safety OJ Atogwe.

Just hours after the NFL handed down a crippling financial sanction to the Redskins, the team released the long time full back and short term safety.

Mike Sellers had been with Washington for 11 of his 12 years in the NFL. Sellers was a go-to lead blocker for the Redskins ever since he joined the team in 1998 and again in 2004. Last season, he appeared in just 12 games and had one reception.

OJ Atogwe was also released today. He joined the Redskins this past season as a free agent from St. Louis. He was expected to be the missing link at the safety spot to play opposite of LaRon Landry. Atogwe appeared in 13 games and totaled 60 tackles with 3 interceptions.

The move saves the Redskins $3.4 million in cap space. While that may not seem like much, the Redskins need every little bit to try to recover from this sanction. They do have the option to split the sanction between this year and next year.