Apparently the Atlanta Falcons’ interest in a veteran linebacker was not satisfied with the recent signing of free agent Tim Dobbins, as a report from WHJG, an NBC affiliate in Panama City, Florida, indicates that free agent linebacker Will Witherspoon has been in talks with the Falcons as well as the St. Louis Rams about playing another year of football.
Witherspoon, who will turn 34 in August, is a 13-year NFL veteran that spent last season with the Rams. Originally drafted out of Georgia by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Witherspoon spent four years with the Panthers before his first stint with the Rams (2006-09). He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2009 season and then signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans the following spring. He spent three years with the Titans before re-joining the Rams again last summer.
Witherspoon has started 153 of 189 career appearances, and recorded 26 sacks and 14 interceptions over his 13-year career. Last season with the Rams, he began the season as their starting strongside linebacker while incumbent Jo-lonn Dunbar served out a four-game suspension. Witherspoon started three games with the Rams in 2013, recording 12 tackles and an interception.
It is unknown if the Falcons interest in Witherspoon remains or was concurrent with their interest in Dobbins and veterans Jonathan Vilma and Nick Barnett in June. The team was looking for depth to replace injured linebacker Sean Weatherspoon at the time, and opted to sign Dobbins.