The Florida Times-Union reports that the Falcons are one of two teams interested in former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson. Read what JagNation.com Publisher Charlie Bernstein says about the veteran defender…
had been a great leader and great player for the Jaguars ever since his arrival in 2003, but age seemed to catch up with Peterson in 2008, which would be a microcosm for the entire Jaguars defense. Peterson began the year playing the "Mike" position and was simply not the old Mike Peterson. The 10-year vet took bad angles, missed numerous tackles, and generally was more bark than bite. It was very obvious that Peterson needed to find the bench, and following a week 9 loss to the then-winless Cincinnati Bengals
, Peterson spoke out in a team meeting and head coach Jack Del Rio took exception to the outburst and dismissed him from the team. Peterson was inactive for the next week, and didn't start again until week 16 when new starting middle linebacker Daryl Smith
was placed on the IR.
Peterson was inserted into the lineup after his initial benching and played the "Sam" linebacker position, and played much better. As for how much Peterson has left, it really remains to be seen. Peterson benefitted greatly during his time in Jacksonville from the dominant play of Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, and when their play suffered, so did Peterson's. Mike Peterson isn't anywhere near the same dominant tackling machine he was from 2003-2005, but he can still be a solid fill-in either in the middle or on the outside. Peterson had his best years with Coach Smith and if anyone can resurrect his career it would be him.
Peterson had missed 17 games during the 2006-2007 season with a torn pectoral and broken arm, both injuries which have since healed.