Falcons Sign Former Pro Bowl Linebacker Lofa Tatupu‎

Falcons Sign Former Pro Bowl Linebacker Lofa Tatupu‎

March 12, 2012

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with former Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu. The team announced the deal Saturday. No terms were released.

Tatupu was a second-round pick by Seattle in 2005 and spent six seasons with the Seahawks. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team three straight years from 2005-07 and has started all 84 games he’s played in his career.

The 29-year-old was released last summer by Seattle after failing to reach agreement on a restructured deal. Tatupu sat out all of last season while recovering from double knee surgeries. Atlanta worked him out Friday morning and struck the deal Saturday afternoon.

New Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan coached against Tatupu for several years in the NFC West, when Tatupu was Seattle’s middle linebacker and Nolan was San Francisco’s head coach.

The Falcons have a void at inside linebacker with Curtis Lofton appearing poised to test the free agent waters. Tatupu could end up competing for that spot with 2011 third-round pick Akeem Dent.


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