Former Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is currently focused on the Arizona Cardinals and their impending NFC Championship appearance, but with free agency on the horizon, he's not ruling out a return to the team that drafted him.
Weatherspoon sighed a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Cardinals after the Falcons reportedly offered between $1.25 million and $1.75 million, Weatherspoon told ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Spoon's signing bonus with the Cardinals was $1.25 million. Weatherspoon said that the Falcons did work to add incentives and bonuses to bring the bottom line up, but at the end of the day, the Cardinals' prove-it deal was more appealing.
Injuries hindered Spoon's effectiveness in Atlanta, but when he was healthy, he was a solid contributor. He was Atlanta's first-round pick in the 2010 draft, and his best season came in 2011, when he started all 16 games and had 115 combined tackles, four sacks and eight passes defensed. Weatherspoon has played in 14 games for the Cardinals this season, but has been relegated to more of a rotational role.
Spoon told McClure that he can definitely see himself back in Atlanta after the season is over, but he's not ruling out any possibilities.
"I'm auditioning for all 32 teams. I'm just looking for an opportunity, wherever it is," Spoon told McClure. "I would love to come back to Arizona. And there are a lot of places in the league you look at and say, 'Man, that would be a fun place to play.'"
The Falcons need help at linebacker. Do you think they'll try to bring Spoon back this offseason?