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Will Witherspoon | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 242
College: Georgia
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Former NFL LB Will Witherspoon has taken a job as the Rams' sideline reporter.
Witherspoon, 34, recently told his hometown radio station he'd been discussing a contract with the Falcons and Rams. He's calling it quits instead at the end of a 12-year career in which Witherspoon collected 100-plus tackles in three seasons. He added 14 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles. 'Spoon played weak-side linebacker in Carolina, and middle linebacker with the Rams. Aug 1 - 4:50 PM

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Free agent LB Will Witherspoon claims he's discussed a contract with the Falcons and Rams.

Witherspoon, who will be 34 this season, has played for Rams coach Jeff Fisher for most of his career. Atlanta has question marks at linebacker after losing Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') for the season. Witherspoon appeared in seven games with St. Louis last season. PFF have him solid marks against the run.
Jul 4 - 11:48 AM

Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Will Witherspoon will start at weak-side linebacker until Jo-Lonn Dunbar returns from suspension.

Dunbar will miss the first four games. Fisher left open the door for Witherspoon to remain the starter upon Dunbar's return. Witherspoon got pushed around in run defense with the 2012 Titans, so we'd expect Dunbar to reclaim the job. The Rams won't be a fearsome matchup for running backs early in the year.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Rams signed LB Will Witherspoon to a one-year contract.

The 11-year veteran spent 2006-09 in St. Louis. He was traded to the Eagles midway through the 2009 season. Witherspoon started all 16 games for Jeff Fisher's Titans in 2010. Coming off a bend-but-don't-break type of season in Tennessee, Witherspoon will serve as veteran insurance behind Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar. There's no guarantee he'll make the roster, but he should be given every opportunity to do so.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 08:54:00 AM

Free agent LB Will Witherspoon is expected to sign with the Rams before training camp starts next week.

The Rams have been on the hunt for veteran depth behind their starting linebacking corps of Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Witherspoon is on the decline at age 32, but started 16 games for Jeff Fisher in 2010 and spent three-plus seasons with the Rams from 2006-2009.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Free agent LB Will Witherspoon is visiting the Rams on Thursday.

Blast from the past. Witherspoon starred with the Rams from 2006-09, but the tank is running on "E" at 33 years of age. The 12-year veteran started all 16 games under coach Jeff Fisher in 2010 with the Titans. He recorded 47 tackles as a backup in 2012. His visit to St. Louis is his first known trip of free agency.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 02:47:00 PM

Free agent LB Will Witherspoon plans to keep playing.

Witherspoon, 32, is an 11-year veteran, and he said his next goal is to get to 15 years in the league. He hasn't heard anything from the Titans, but he says he'd like to re-sign. Tennessee is likely to move on, though, and Witherspoon might have a tough go of it on the market.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 04:25:00 PM

Titans LB Will Witherspoon (hamstring) is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Witherspoon's hammy is ready, but his role is in doubt. Zach Brown, Akeem Ayers and Colin McCarthy are all healthy and in need of snaps. Witherspoon doesn't project as an IDP asset.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 08:41:00 AM

Titans LB Will Witherspoon sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bills.

The Titans are really thin at linebacker. Colin McCarthy's ankle woes continue to linger, Patrick Bailey has a broken rib and Zac Diles broke his right leg on Sunday. Look for them to add a linebacker shortly.
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 08:50:00 AM

Titans LB Will Witherspoon didn't play a single defensive snap in Week 5 against the Vikings.

Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy has returned from his high ankle sprain, and second-round rookie Zach Brown has replaced Witherspoon at weak-side linebacker. Witherspoon can be safely dropped in IDP leagues. McCarthy has resumed his every-down role, playing 60-of-69 snaps in the loss to Minnesota.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 05:40:00 PM

Will Witherspoon opened camp as the Titans' starting weak-side linebacker.

Colin McCarthy is locked in as the three-down middle linebacker and Akeem Ayers is on the strong side. Witherspoon will have to hold off second-round rookie Zach Brown to keep his job. He had 56 tackles and two sacks in that role last year.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 09:48:00 AM

The Nashville Tennessean believes OLB Will Witherspoon would keep his starting job if the Titans signed restricted free agent LB Jonathan Casillas.

Witherspoon is due a pricey $3.5 million and has been replacement level at best as a starter the past two seasons, but Casillas doesn't project as more than a reserve and special teamer. Witherspoon could end up facing competition in the form of a draft pick.
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 12:34:00 PM

Fox Sports' Adam Caplan thinks Will Witherspoon could get a chance to be the Titans' starting middle linebacker this season if free agent Stephen Tulloch departs.

Caplan believes fourth-round pick Colin McCarthy would likely get the first crack at the job should Tulloch leave, however. A middle linebacker earlier in his career, Witherspoon started on the outside for the Titans in 2010.
Source: Fox Sports
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 08:29:00 PM

Offseason bargain acquisitions LB Will Witherspoon and DE Jason Babin have been key contributors to the Titans early season success.

The Eagles failed to match the Titans' one-year, $1 million offer sheet for Babin, and Witherspoon signed a three-year, $11 million contract with $5 million guaranteed. Said coach Jeff Fisher, "You talk about Jason Babin, Will Witherspoon and Derrick Morgan and all the new pieces to our defense and the production we got out of them … They've done a great job." Both have proven worthwhile investments.
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 11:29:00 AM

OLB Will Witherspoon left Sunday's contest with an apparent leg injury.

Witherspoon was having an impressive game before he got hurt. His status is unknown.
Sun, Sep 19, 2010 03:54:00 PM

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