Sean Weatherspoon Signs 1-Year Deal with Falcons

Joe PantornoFeatured Columnist

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (55) during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon recorded just 11 tackles in 2015, his first season with the Arizona Cardinals, but it looks like he impressed his former team in the NFC South.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Weatherspoon has agreed to sign with the Atlanta Falcons, adding that it's a one-year deal. Weatherspoon confirmed the agreement to ESPN's Vaughn McClure via text message.

Weatherspoon spent the first five years of his career in Atlanta before heading to Arizona. He experienced the best years of his career in 2011 and 2012, as he recorded a combined 220 tackles and seven sacks in that span.

But injury problems stifled his development in the league. He appeared in just seven games in 2013 because of a sprained foot and missed the entire 2014 season with a torn Achilles.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn wanted to retain Weatherspoon as he hit free agency despite his injury issues, but the linebacker instead signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.

Weatherspoon battled hamstring issues in training camp but managed to make it back for the regular season. Once there, though, he struggled as the Cardinals went with Kevin Minter instead of Weatherspoon at linebacker.

He dressed but did not play during Weeks 4 and 5, and his limited use showed that the Cardinals didn't need him in their defense, as they held the fifth-best unit in the league.

When healthy, Weatherspoon has been solid. He posted a 4.68-second 40-yard dash time back in 2010, which was just 0.01 seconds slower than that of Green Bay Packers All-Pro Clay Matthews, per

If Weatherspoon is able to exhibit the kind of speed and ability that made him a solid fixture in Atlanta's defense for two years, then he could be a huge addition to the team in 2016.


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