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Redskins dump Atogwe and Sellers, save $4.5 million

Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles outruns Oshiomogho Atogwe #20 of the Washington Redskins for a touchdown after catching a pass during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Hours after the NFL took $36 million in salary cap space away from the Redskins, the team announced a couple of moves that will add up to getting one-eighth of that space back.

Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe and fullback Mike Sellers have both been released. Atogwe was due a base salary of $3.4 million this season while Sellers was due $1.05 million.

Atogwe was a good player for six years in St. Louis but didn’t quite fit in the Redskins’ defense in his first season in Washington, in 2011. He opened the season as a starter but became a backup late in the year.

The 36-year-old Sellers has spent 11 seasons with the Redskins in two different stints, in addition to having spent time with the Browns and with the Canadian Football League. This move could signal the end of his career.