ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Los Angeles Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is set to visit with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday and Tuesday. Laurinaitis was recently released by the Rams in February, bringing an end to a seven-year run with the team that selected him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Laurinaitis, 29, had previously visited with NFC South divisional rival New Orleans Saints last week and was a productive and durable starter for the Rams. Laurinaitis hadn’t missed a start in seven years with the Rams at middle linebacker, collecting 854 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 10 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries during that span. His production dipped somewhat this past season, recording a career-low 109 tackles with one sack and interception each.
Laurinaitis was a highly decorated player at Ohio State, earning All-American honors three times and winning the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert Awards, given to college football’s top linebacker, as well as the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defender in college football.
The Falcons are looking for an upgrade at middle linebacker where Paul Worrilow has managed to start the past two years.