According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, the Falcons intend to use the 2nd round tender on inside linebacker Paul Worrilow, in an effort to keep him on the team for the 2016 season.
The Falcons plan to extend the 2nd-round tender to restricted free agent LB Paul Worrilow, according to multiple... https://t.co/mhXSTHwZaj— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 7, 2016
If that's the case, it may be an indication the Falcons are hedging their bets where free agency and the draft are concerned. Even though recently released linebacker James Laurinaitis is visiting with the team, many fans feel the position is in need of a big upgrade. A free agent like Danny Trevathan is likely to have many suitors and the Falcons may not be able to pay enough to sign him. The draft has some intriguing prospects, but many will be off the board by 17 - potentially leaving the Falcons without a long-term solution going into the season.
While Worrilow has been a starter for three seasons in Atlanta, it's clear he's not a top-talent at the position. Ideally, he would serve as a backup to a more dynamic player - if one can even be found. Using the 2nd round designation all but guarantees that he'll be with the club in 2016, as it is highly unlikely that any team will want to offer a 2nd round pick for the un-drafted free agent out of Delaware.
What are your thoughts on the 2nd-round tender being used on Paul Worrilow?