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Mike Peterson | Linebacker | #53

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/17/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 226
College: Florida
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (36) / IND
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Free agent LB Mike Peterson will work as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Florida this season.
Peterson, 37, played his college ball at Florida, and he's returning to finish his sociology degree while also getting his feet wet in coaching. He appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons last season, notching 14 tackles. Peterson isn't retiring, but is keeping himself busy in case the phone doesn't ring. Wed, Aug 14, 2013 08:16:00 PM

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Falcons re-signed LB Mike Peterson.

One month removed from his 36th birthday, Peterson is a depth signing after ending 2011 on injured reserve with a torn triceps. He appeared in 15 games last season, but started only four, the fewest of his 13-year career. He'll be a strict backup if he cracks the Falcons' 53-man roster.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 04:47:00 PM

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas confirms that the Falcons "aren't likely" to re-sign free agent LB Mike Peterson.

Peterson, 36 in June, ended last season on injured reserve with a torn triceps. His career may be over. The Falcons are known to be looking at "street free agent" Channing Crowder, who has experience starting at all three linebacker positions and could replace Peterson as Atlanta's utility backup.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Feb 6, 2012 01:07:00 PM

The injury that landed veteran Falcons LB Mike Peterson on injured reserve Wednesday is a torn triceps.

The 35-year-old reserve needs surgery. Limited to just four starts in 15 games this season, Peterson should be healthy by next summer, but could have a hard time cracking a 53-man roster.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 03:14:00 PM

Falcons placed LB Mike Peterson on injured reserve, ending his season.

The Falcons have not disclosed Peterson's injury. The 35-year-old veteran served as a strict backup this season, compiling just 24 tackles while playing behind Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon. Peterson will be an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to attract much interest on the open market as an aging two-down run stuffer.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 11:37:00 AM

Falcons coach Mike Smith said that Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas are battling for one starting spot.

Curtis Lofton will start in the middle as Sean Weatherspoon mans the weak side. That leaves the incumbent strong-side starter Nicholas and the 35-year-old Peterson. At the very least, Peterson will sub out on passing downs. It's more likely that Peterson serves as a fourth linebacker this season.
Wed, Aug 10, 2011 10:20:00 AM

Falcons agreed to terms with LB Mike Peterson.

The Falcons will have continuity in their linebacker corps with Peterson and Stephen Nicholas returning. Though Peterson was Atlanta's weak-side starter for much of last season, 2010 first-round pick Sean Weatherspoon is going to get the job in short order. Peterson is only a two-down run stuffer at age 35.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 10:24:00 AM

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution both believe the Falcons will still re-sign free agent LB Mike Peterson.

Peterson's status is in doubt after the Falcons agreed to a five-year deal with super sub Stephen Nicholas. But Yasinskas sees Peterson back as a starter on the outside and Nicholas providing his usual excellent depth. We'll see if the Falcons have enough money as they are still expected to re-sign RT Tyson Clabo and go after a pass rusher.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 10:37:00 AM

Free agent LB Mike Peterson confirmed that the Falcons have expressed interest in re-signing him this year.

Peterson is helping Matt Ryan lead informal workouts this spring, and he's counting on a return to Atlanta as the early-down weakside linebacker. Peterson was slightly above average against the run and slightly below average in coverage last season, according to Pro Football Focus' player ratings.
Wed, May 18, 2011 09:04:00 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is projecting Mike Peterson back as the weak-side linebacker on early downs.

Peterson will give way to Coy Wire on passing downs. Free agent Stephen Nicholas is expected to have suitors in free agency, and it looks Atlanta may let him walk.
Fri, May 6, 2011 08:17:00 AM

The Falcons want to bring back impending free agent WLB Mike Peterson, according to USA Today.

While the Falcons drafted Sean Weatherspoon last season and are likely in the market for another linebacker in this year's draft, Peterson is still in the plans. Coach Mike Smith referred to Peterson as his "base defender against the run," hinting at a specialist's role. At this point in the 34-year-old Peterson's career, it's the best he can hope for.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 09:49:00 AM

Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon revealed that during his recent visit to the Falcons, position coach Joe Vitt said the team envisions him "playing the weak side in their system."

This shouldn't sit well with incumbent WLB Mike Peterson, who started all 16 games and racked up 108 tackles to go with two forced fumbles last year. Peterson, though, turns 34 before the season and was part of one of the NFL's weakest run defenses. Weatherspoon is on Atlanta's radar at No. 19.
Thu, Apr 8, 2010 12:59:00 AM

Weak-side linebacker Mike Peterson was impressive in his Falcons debut.

Peterson, 33, had seven tackles to go along with a forced fumble and a interception against the Dolphins. The Falcons forced four turnovers after getting just 18 takeaways all of last season.
Mon, Sep 14, 2009 12:40:00 PM

Mike Peterson will get the first shot at replacing Keith Brooking as the Falcons' starting weak-side linebacker.

In an ideal world the Falcons will find a better option in the draft. Peterson, 33, would be best utilized as a versatile fourth LB at this stage.
Fri, Mar 27, 2009 07:10:00 PM

Falcons agreed to terms with LB Mike Peterson on a two-year contract.

Peterson played for Mike Smith in Jacksonville and knows the scheme, but the 33-year-old has declined badly the past two seasons and would probably fit best in a versatile backup role. For now, Peterson figures to be penciled in on the weak side, with Stephen Nicholas and Coy Wire competing opposite him. Outside linebacker remains a major need area in Atlanta.
Mon, Mar 9, 2009 11:05:00 PM

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