Falcons Interested In Linebacker Will Witherspoon?

Dilip Vishwanat

Gotta have the Spoon.

The Atlanta Falcons apparently aren't done shopping for veteran linebacker help, seeing as how they've reportedly reached out to former St. Louis Ram Will Witherspoon.

Will Witherspoon, who played 16 games for St. Louis a season ago, has had contact with the Rams and Falcons, according to NBC affiliate WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida. According to a story posted on the station’s website Wednesday, Witherspoon has discussed a deal with both teams, he indicated last week.

Witherspoon, who will be 34 when the season begins, has been reduced to a reserve role in recent years after starting 14 games for the Tennessee Titans back in 2011. The man was once a fearsome linebacker, putting up 110 tackles and 7 sacks for the Rams back in 2007, but he's clearly in the decline phase of his career. The Falcons would be looking at him as yet more veteran depth, potentially at inside linebacker.

The reputed interest in Witherspoon would seem to indicate the team isn't thrilled with its linebacker depth. There's little question that Witherspoon could just be a camp body for a team in need of them—you'll recall the Falcons still have more than one roster spot open heading into training camp—but it could mean the team isn't pleased with the progress of players like Marquis Spruill, Prince Shembo and Yawin Smallwood thus far. We won't know until a little later on.

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