Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that Falcons free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon is expected to eventually sign with the Saints or the Cardinals.
The Cardinals have a clear need to address at inside linebacker and Weatherspoon could be a good value signing given that he’s coming off of a season-ending injury.
As for the Saints, they have reportedly been fielding trade offers for LB Curtis Lofton, so this news appears to be a good indication that they’re prepared to release him if no deal can be found.
We’ll have more updates regarding Weatherspoon as the news is available.
According to Rapoport, it’s unlikely that Weatherspoon will be back in Atlanta next year.
Vaughn McClure of ESPN mentioned earlier in the week that the Falcons and Weatherspoon could have an agreement in place on a new contract extension “very soon.”
Last month, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff make it clear on Tuesday that they plan to re-sign Weaatherspoon this offseason.
“Sean Weatherspoon is going to be an important part of building this defense and building this team,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, via Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has that side of him and that leadership that we need across the board.”
Weatherspoon unfortunately went down with a torn Achilles before the start of the 2014 season. He has reportedly been working hard to get back on the field in what is expected to be an 8-to-10 month rehab.
Weatherspoon, 27, will be an unrestricted free agent next week, but his market is likely to be impacted by the serious injury he sustained last summer.
In 2013, Weatherspoon appeared in just seven games and recorded 38 tackles, one interception, two pass defenses and a defensive touchdown.