Atlanta Falcons Offseason: Breaking Down the 2011 Free Agents: OLB Mike Peterson

2010 Stats: 13 games started, 16 games played, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 39 tackles

Summary: Mike Peterson is another player that will be in his mid-30s that the Falcons will have to make a decision on.

Peterson’s numbers fell off after his great 2009 season where he had more than double the tackles he made in 2010.

The defensive side of the ball is where the Falcons need to make improvements and linebacker is one of those positions.

If they don’t sign Peterson I don’t see it as that big of loss because the Falcons need to get a stud linebacker to improve their defense.

I see Peterson being the one to let go, because I think the potential of Curtis Lofton, Stephen Nicholas, and Sean Weatherspoon is greater than that of Peterson’s. So in the end, I think the Falcons part ways.

Verdict: Let Go

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