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Falcons add Lofa Tatupu after year away from the game

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have reached a contract agreement with free agent linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

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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22 Responses to “Falcons add Lofa Tatupu after year away from the game”
  1. minormillikin says: Mar 10, 2012 4:09 PM

    Even past his prime, he’s a great guy to have on your team. Good move, Falcons.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    Nice pickup, Atlanta. You will not find a player who plays harder. He may occasionally get out-quicked or out-muscled, but he will not get out-worked. His instincts are off the charts. A true warrior.

  3. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Mar 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    Hopefully he can remain healthy and might help the Falcons reach the next level.

  4. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 10, 2012 4:12 PM

    Tatupu spent his time on a small Polynesian island, where he would stand on the beach, point to the sky, and shout “Ze plen, boss! Ze plen!”.

  5. elchapoguzman82 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:14 PM

    As a PROUD HAWK FAN wish you nothing but the best Lofa.

  6. mrnickles says: Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    Don’t drink and drive, Lofa.

  7. billybone says: Mar 10, 2012 4:58 PM

    Lofa is a stud! It sucked to see him leave the Hawks, but glad he is back in the league and I wish him nothing but the best except when he plays Seattle.

  8. cliffordc05 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:08 PM

    It was a shame to see his play deteriorate from the injuries. I hope he sticks with Atlanta and can play up to the high standard he set in Seattle.

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    I see his head is back to normal size again.

  10. jus10jonez says: Mar 10, 2012 5:32 PM

    As a falcon fan, I’m a little worried since he’s missed the last season with injuries/recovering. I hope he plays like he did in Sea, cuz if so, I believe he would be an upgrade over lofton.

  11. jonsey2028 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:39 PM

    He is the Difference maker we’ve been looking for.

  12. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 10, 2012 5:41 PM

    For the size, was one of the best. I hope he plays well. Go Trojans.

  13. illad3lph1a says: Mar 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    Was screaming for the eagles to pick him up last season….we need lbs and he’s good

  14. drumnw says: Mar 10, 2012 5:54 PM

    depending on the terms of the contract, id say it is a solid move for the falcons

  15. zampft says: Mar 10, 2012 5:56 PM

    “Wow signing a player AFTER you work him out… we can do that?” – Denver, Miami and KC

    I expect big things for Atlanta… Mike Nolan is a heckuva DC.

  16. cup0pizza says: Mar 10, 2012 6:02 PM

    Not a very inspiring acquisition. The proof is that the Seahacks homers/morons here like trollhammer who know nothing about football will proclaim his greatness.

  17. cluelessdufus says: Mar 10, 2012 6:30 PM

    this may mean Curtis Lofton is done but I wouldn’t sign a player a year later from the time he was released

  18. staffordsyear says: Mar 10, 2012 7:09 PM

    Is this gonna help stop atlanta getting smothered in the first round of the playoffs?

  19. rajbais says: Mar 10, 2012 7:33 PM

    If he plays well in 2012 he better win the Comeback Player of the Year!!!!

  20. mikgaes says: Mar 10, 2012 8:08 PM

    If he goes back on steroids anything is possible. Even more injuries.

  21. oklahomaseahawk says: Mar 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    Hopefully he fixed that whole getting drove back issue, goodluck Lofa I’m rooting for ya!!!

  22. bbk1000 says: Mar 11, 2012 7:39 AM

    Isn’t signing with the Falcons more or less saying ‘I don’t want to win the Super Bowl’?

    Matty ice has regressed, and their coach stinks. Too early to be signing with a team like Atlanta, this team is more like a late July desperation signing.

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