Earlier in the fall, free agent linebacker Will Compton indicated that he had interest from the Atlanta Falcons, a report subsequently confirmed by NFL insider Field Yates. Now, in the wake of some major injuries hitting the roster hard this past Sunday, it appears Compton is signing.
That report comes to us from...well, Will Compton. That seems pretty reliable, but it’s not clear if he’s joining the active roster or the practice squad. We’ll likely get a team announcement in the next couple of days.
BREAKING NEWS— Will Compton (@_willcompton) November 22, 2022
I am signing with the @AtlantaFalcons
Year 10 is officially underway pic.twitter.com/ZbknECugHx
Or maybe not. Compton shared a pair of updates on social media on Tuesday, the first indicating that there was some work to do on a contract and off-the-field work (read: his podcast, I’d guess) and an indication that he’d be joining the practice squad.
I passed the physical this morning.— Will Compton (@_willcompton) November 22, 2022
We’ve been waiting on all of the contracting to get sorted out.
There are several moving parts with my work off the field that has to get squared away.
More to come on the most unique practice squad signing in NFL history.
The second update, much more vague, made the signing sound a lot less certain than it did 24 hours ago.
Year 10 might be in danger— Will Compton (@_willcompton) November 23, 2022
Compton, who will indeed be playing in his 10th NFL season if he ultimately joins Atlanta, knows Arthur Smith from their shared time in Tennessee in both 2018 and 2020. A full-time starter in his early-to-mid 20s for Washington, Compton in recent years has been a part-time starter, part-time reserve, and frequent contributor on special teams for the Titans and Raiders. In 2021, he played in a pair of games in Las Vegas, chipping in 32 special teams snaps and a special teams tackle. His best season was back in 2015 against Washington, the team Atlanta is lining up to play, when he had 96 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Compton is also the co-host of the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast, which he co-hosts with Tennessee Titans tackle Taylor Lewan.
If they do sign him, the Falcons will hope that Compton provides help as a defensive reserve and special teamer at linebacker, with Smith likely valuing the energy he can bring to the team as well. As Locked On Falcons host and Falcoholic writer Aaron Freeman notes, this is likely a sign that core special teamer Nick Kwiatkoski’s injury is significant enough for him to potentially miss time, meaning Compton would likely be asked to step in and take on the veteran linebacker’s snaps. Undrafted free agent Nate Landman would also likely be in the mix there.
If it's true the #Falcons are adding Will Compton, I guess Nick Kwiatkoski's injury was more serious than initially thought. #specialteamsmatter— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) November 22, 2022
We’ll have to see if we get an update on Kwiatkoski and Compton now or not. Stay tuned for a team announcement or more updates from Compton.