In the aftermath of losing starting linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the entirety of the 2014 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons have seemingly been reeling on the defensive side of the ball. On Tuesday, a report emerged that the team scheduled a workout with a potentially familiar face to fill Weatherspoon’s void in former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 18, 2014
The 32-year-old Vilma became a free agent after playing the last six years with the Saints, and to this point, the market for his services hasn’t been especially clear. Still, he would immediately bring the best “name recognition” in the linebacking corps for the Falcons if he were signed, and as a three-time Pro Bowl selection, there is certainly a pedigree for Vilma.
Vilma’s greatest hang-up seems to be some concern about his health at this stage, and if he doesn’t check out in that area, expect the Falcons to move on or simply go with the young guys (Paul Worrilow, Prince Shembo, Joplo Bartu) in Weatherspoon’s stead. Stay tuned for the latest, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that Jonathan Vilma has signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons in the near future.