“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.
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.
Weatherspoon, who was choosing between Arizona and the Saints, totaled 38 tackles and one interception in 2013 with the Falcons before missing the entire 2014 season with an Achilles injury. The deal is reportedly worth $4 million, according to FOXSports.com.
Weatherspoon is expected to hit the market and leave Atlanta. He's reportedly choosing between the Saints and the Cardinals. The Falcons have previously said they wanted to bring Weatherspoon back.
Weatherspoon suffered an Achilles tear last year and missed the entire 2014 season. When healthy, Weatherspoon was one of the Falcons' best defenders. from 2009-2013, Weathersponed has totaled 290 tackles and eight sacks.
Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 after suffering a ruptured Achilles in the offseason. He played just seven games in 2013 with the Falcons, totaling 38 tackles and one interception.
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