Weatherspoon has signed with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Weatherspoon played 14 games for Arizona in 2015 and made nine tackles. He spent four years in Atlanta, from 2010-2013, and recorded eight sacks and two interceptions in 31 starts over that span. His familiarity with the club was likely a factor in Atlanta's decision to bring him in.
Weatherspoon is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim extended a one-year prove-it deal to Weatherspoon last March, but the veteran inside linebacker was unable to gain much traction with Deone Bucannon and Kevin Minter manning those spots in the 3-4 defense run by defensive coordinator James Bettcher. By season's end, Weatherspoon earned just 12 percent of the defensive snaps, which translated to 11 tackles (nine solo) in 14 games. Although he's 28 years old, his injury history will likely result in a change of scenery in the upcoming campaign.
Cardinals linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is listed as inactive Sunday at Detroit. Active in the first four games of the season, Weatherspoon earned only 39 total snaps in the first three, before residing on the sideline for the entirety of last Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was signed by the Cardinals in free agency this offseason. He has high hopes that he'll rebound after rupturing his achilles tendon in 2014 while with the Falcons, according to the team's official website. "Once it happened, I figured I'd come back from this," Weatherspoon said. "That's what I told myself when I was sitting there down and out looking at everything that was happening. I was down, but I was ultimately thinking about the comeback." In addition to missing all of the 2014 season, the 27-year-old missed all but seven games in 2013. The linebacker is optimistic that the time off could benefit him on the field. "Mike Peterson played linebacker in the league for a long time, and he was a guy who took me under his wing in my rookie year in the league," Weatherspoon said. "He would come out and he would make some plays, and I'd be like, 'Man, how you still do that after so much time off and not even being the starter anymore, but you're still able to just go out there and make it happen?' He said, 'It's just like riding a bike.' "I just have to get back to practicing a little bit more and being on that steady routine, but I definitely think it saved my legs being off of them for the past two years. I'm just looking forward to going out there and trying to reestablish myself as being the player that I am." In four years with the Falcons, Weatherspoon recorded 290 total tackles, eight sacks, 15 passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
The Cardinals announced the signings of three key free agents: guard Mike Iupati (five years), defensive tackle Corey Peters (three years) and linebacker Sean Weatherpoon (one year). Iupati made the Pro Bowl the past three years with San Francisco. Peters and Weatherspoon come over from the Falcons. Weatherspoon recorded two seasons of 100-plus tackles in his first four years before spending last season on IR with an Achilles injury.
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