Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports that the Falcons signed free agent linebacker Mike Peterson on Monday night, after he visited the team earlier that day. Wyche reports that Peterson agreed to a three-year deal, while the AJC and ESPN report that it was a two-year deal.
Peterson is expected to play one of the outside linebacker spots. Earlier in his career with the Indianapolis Colts he played on the weakside. For the past six seasons in Jacksonville with the Jaguars he manned the middle linebacker position, although the Falcons already have promising second-year player Curtis Lofton there. Peterson was benched last year due to some conflicts with the coaching staff. When he returned the lineup later in the year, he did play some on the strongside. Peterson’s experience, versatility, and his experience with many of the Falcons coaching staff is likely what attracted the two parties.