Mike Peterson agrees to terms with the Falcons

Mike Peterson (53) chases down a play. (Phil Skinner / pskinner@ajc.com)

Mike Peterson (53) chases down a play. (Phil Skinner / pskinner@ajc.com)

Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson, in his quest for a Super Bowl ring, agreed to terms with the team on Thursday.

 “Time to take care unfinished business ..just agreed to terms w/ FALCONS…let’s get it!!!,” Peterson wrote in a tweet.

We talked to Peterson during the lockout at one of the player-led practices at Buford High. 

The new practice rules should help more veterans like Peterson, who turned 35 this summer, stay in the league. This will be the 13th season in the league for the former Florida Gator.

Last season, he started at weakside linebacker and helped the Falcons’ run defense rank 10th in the league (105.9 yards per game.) Peterson made 79 tackles, had one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and five passes defense.

During the season, he said coming to the Falcons and the way they practice might have added two years on to his career. Coach Mike Smith gives the over 30 club practices off and carefully records their practice reps.

Here’s the chat with Peterson from Lockout Land. CLICK HERE.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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NagoyaFalcon

July 28th, 2011
10:31 am

Great news!! Thanks DOL!

MLH

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

MLH

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Are we just going to keep the same defense as last year and hope for the best?

Gritz Blitz

July 28th, 2011
10:34 am

Peterson provides good leadership. We are glad to have him back.

FalconzzAllday

July 28th, 2011
10:41 am

I guess it’s good to keep Peterson for leadership reasons, but where is the DE we so desperately need!!!! If only there were two John Abrahams.

Larry

July 28th, 2011
10:48 am

Yawn!

Another 50 yeard old LB that can’t cover Grady Jackson!

honest_abe

July 28th, 2011
10:48 am

is lawrence sidbury about to bust out this year? because i just don’t see how we’re going to get any pressure on the qb.

bvg’s bend don’t break scheme is ok for the regular season when the offense can play keep away. but the falcons run game is in decline and so this defense has a great chance to be the worst in the league.

Joey

July 28th, 2011
10:54 am

Great news about Peterson, and about Norwood.

Dan

July 28th, 2011
10:56 am

Falcons will probably end up with Edwards with the Eagles signing Babin and New England picking up Haynesworth who were the competition for Edwards. I just dont see the Eagles signing 2 DE Free Agents and New England getting 2 new free agents on their Defense Line is why I see Edwards with Atl

honest_abe

July 28th, 2011
11:01 am

ray edwards is as overrated as they come.

Jimmy Crack

July 28th, 2011
11:01 am

Peterson is a good mentor to the young LBs and Akeem Dent will benefit from Mike being in the mix. As a player Peterson is a human missile who will give up his body for a big stop. Attitude, physicality and desire are some of Mike’s best traits.

PMC

July 28th, 2011
11:02 am

Good to have Peterson back for his 35th season.

A Galen Hall era Gator still in the league is a big deal.

In all seriousness though, I like the guy, he plays hard and wants to be here.

Jimmy Crack

July 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Good luck to you, Jerious. I hope you catch a lot of fish no matter what happens with football.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Let me get off Twitter (you can follow @AJCFalcons) and answer some questions here. THANKS for dropping by and leaving some thoughtful comments.

Matt the Brave

July 28th, 2011
11:04 am

I like it as long as Peterson’s the backup starter (i.e.: only if someone gets hurt for a game or two). When he is rested then he is a really good player.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2011
11:08 am

MLH — That is a possibility. We have to let the dust settle first.

Larry –That’s why he plays in the base and not the nickel. He can still hit folks in the run game. TD loves his energy and swagger.

honest_abe — Sidbury may be up. Let’s see what he can do.

Jimmy Crack — Maybe he’ll go to Cleveland and be the change of pace guy behind Peyton Hillis. He can fish in Lake Erie.

DawgFalcon

July 28th, 2011
11:12 am

DOL, is it possible that the Falcons are more actively pursuing the trade route rather than FA to answer their defensive questions? Or are we going to see a flurry here in the 24 hours starting here with the cutting of Norwood and resigning of Peterson this morning?

Ra'mon

July 28th, 2011
11:14 am

DOL, are the Falcons making any plans to add to the nickel backs? And are they happy with their safeties going forward?

Fan

July 28th, 2011
11:18 am

I feel bad for Norwood.. I finished my two degrees from Miss State Univ. and Norwood was our hero and we loved him as a person.. Good Luck man and try too stay healthy. Too be honest guys, I do not think he will be productive in this league and he probably will retire early in his career.

Tdawg

July 28th, 2011
11:25 am

I see that the Falcons are standing pat with that pathetic defense. Why is it that every year the Jets and the New Englands and many other teams are actually trying to improve their teams and the Falcons are content to play with the same old pathetic bunch of defenseive players. I predict that this year it will catch up with them and we will be lucky to even make the playoffs. The Packers exposed the Falcons for what they were. Over rated and getting no better.

Karl

July 28th, 2011
11:28 am

I sure hope TD knows what he is doing. I have faith, but man our D needs some help!

Ra'mon

July 28th, 2011
11:33 am

TDawg, how do you see that after only 2-3 days of free agency? Last year the Falcons stayed pack when they broke the bank for Dunta? Not many free agents have signed their contracts yet. And most teams haven’t even released their cap casualties yet. Everything will work out.

ROD

July 28th, 2011
11:38 am

I can’t believe they are signing this old guy. Do the Falcons know what they are doing? We heard all this stuff about Ray Edwards, and they haven’t done anything but resign these sorry players who didn’t do anything against Green Bay. What about another cornerback? What about another receiver? What about a younger, faster linebacker. What about another pass rusher on the outside. What about another quarterback to compete, hopefully it will make Matt think before throwing those costly interceptions. Do we want to win, or go home again!!!! You are not going to win anything with those two cornerbacks, and no pass rush. Are the Smith running this organization again? Cmon guys, look at what the Packers did to our sorry defense? Also, please go after another receiver. Roddy needs some help, and a rookie will not do it. We need another veteran on the other side. Mr. Blanks, u are better than this!!!

really groovy 50

July 28th, 2011
11:45 am

the falcone need randy moss, and the cb from oakland, and a de, or they will not make the playoffs this year.

Matt Ryan's Brain

July 28th, 2011
11:47 am

D-Led, I refuse to believe that Falcons can “stand pat” on there non-existant pass rush against the great passing teams like Green Bay and New Orleans. After the Packer beat-down at home, the pass rush needs a serious upgrade – Dimitroff has to know this, right?

All I'm Saying Is....

July 28th, 2011
11:48 am

Putting pressure on the QB and wrapping him up when we get there was the key failing against Green Bay in our playoff loss for our otherwise surprisingly effective defense last season. I was very worried about our defense coming out of pre-season last year and things turned out much better than all of us expected despite our shortcomings. That typed, Grimes, despite his athleticism and pro bowl, is not the answer as a starting CB but is a perfect nickel guy. We can get by with him if we can consistently get pressure on the QB. Since the best DE re-upped with Carolina, I say either sign DEs Ray Edwards (26 yrs old and a rush specialist) or Matt Roth (28 yrs old and a rush specialist) or make a bold move and sign the best CB in the league Nnamdi as he can be had from Oakland.

LET’S GO FALCONS!

Derrick The Great

July 28th, 2011
11:50 am

S.O.S. from the Falcons. Same Ole “Mess”. Geez. I should have known we Blank, Smith and Dimitroff was feeding us a bunch of B.S. with their speeches after we got destroyed by the Packers! They have yet to address our biggest problems…UPGRADING OUR DEFENSE!.

How the heck can New England and possibly New York Jets improve their defense considerably and the Falcons seem content to go with the same crap! I’m totally disgusted.

I can careless about who they tried to sign (Johnson from the Panthers) than I am about who they actually signed. Peterson and Nicholas sure do SCARE opposing offenses! Did a lot of good against Green Bay.

This year we’d be luch with 8-8 season.

chc4

July 28th, 2011
11:52 am

Ray Edwards is a pass rush specialist? His #s sure don’t reflect that. I’d stand pat with our current DEs than overpay Edwards. Biggest concern is the OL right now.

J.J.M.

July 28th, 2011
11:54 am

can we get some new faces please

chc4

July 28th, 2011
11:54 am

Derrick the Great — if you “can care less” about who they tried to sign then that mean you actually care. You sure that’s what you mean?

TJ

July 28th, 2011
12:01 pm

DOL, any word on who the Falcons might target on the D Line now that Babin and CJ are gone? I’m hearing Ray Edwards to cleveland.

Bartkowski

July 28th, 2011
12:02 pm

PEOPLE! they’ve only been allowed to contact the players for a couple days now. they’re working behind the scenes. CHILL OUT

Head Hunters USA!!!!

July 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

We need a ferocious defense that will put the fear in QB’s/WR’s/RB’s and TE’s. We need a beast on the opposite side of J.A. and we need to unleash Spoon to blitz the heck out these pass friendly teams!!

Come on Falcons!!!

Seen (SeenThisB4) This (go AWOL) B4

July 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

Seen, where are you? Kinda feels like the day of the Cleveland loss…or the humiliating Seattle loss…hmmm…aren’t you on record bragging about Reggie Bush and how he would have turned that Seattle game around ? Where is Bush these days? Oh, right, going to Miami….oh well…I bet Chris Ivory does just fine–he’s probably better. GEAUX PAINKILLERS!

Head Hunters USA!!!!

July 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

We need to get the sorry Commish’s attention like those boys in Pittsburgh!!!

Lets put some of these guys on the sidelines that is how you play D for real!!!

Derrick The Great

July 28th, 2011
12:09 pm

I actually meant, I care more about who we actually SIGN than who we “went after”. Far too often, its reported here and elsewhere about who the Falcons “pursued”, but for whatever the reason, didn’t sign. To me, its just P.R. by the Falcons to show us (the fans) they are active, blah, blah, blah. As far as I’m concern, its about the results of those efforts, more so than the effort itself. Bottom line…What did you do to improve? So far, I’ve seen ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to the contrary.

Is it an IMPROVEMENT to the team so far that we re-sign Peterson? No. Is it an improvement that the Patriots sign (or about to sign Hanesworth?). Yes. That’s my point.

I know its early, but I’ve Seen This Before.

Go Falcons – MAKE SOME REAL MOVES THAT COUNT ! ! Please.

seattle falcons fan

July 28th, 2011
12:12 pm

Whats up with our O-Line? I hear Claybo was being wooed by the Bills but any word?

seattle falcons fan

July 28th, 2011
12:13 pm

I hope we don’t loose our O-line and not get a DE…

seattle falcons fan

July 28th, 2011
12:15 pm

Also it sounds if Snelling might go to ST Louis… if so whats our backup plan? Whos going to be our number two? Turner can’t keep running every down…

PMC

July 28th, 2011
12:16 pm

Guise, this move makes them more “explosive”

seattle falcons fan

July 28th, 2011
12:19 pm

I would love to hear today that we resign two OL, sign Edwards, Sign a number 2 RB, sign a backup safety, and a nickle CB…

panic fan

July 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

the domino effect has not started yet, when cap cuts come we will be there to fill in the missing players thats when we get value, not having to overpay for best avail they have no leverage once they are cut loose remember yall THE PROCESS WORKS 13-3 MIN COST

Seen (The Aints) This (get obliterated) B4 (by the only sub-.500 playoff team in the history of pro football)

July 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

If there’s no big splash after all this waiting, I’ll headbutt TD and DOL. Seems reasonable.

chickenman

July 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

ok so we are bringing back peterson.. hes a leader i get that… what i DONT get is why we made no move at d/e or in the secondary… you trade the world for julio and then drop the ball in f/a while your biggest issue nxt year the eagles are making big moves.. they are not afraid to sign a d/e… this better lead to a shocker this weekend or alot of ppl will be questioning the UNquestionable TD

Fan

July 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

What I think they are doing is waiting too Friday… Teams are cutting and releasing big name players. I think TD and them I playing the waiting game here. It is like chess watching the pieces fall here and there and wait.. Now, Blank was in disgrace leaving that game aganist GB and I know they will sign the right players. Also, I do not believe Snelling or two of the OL will be back. They will get these positions in the open market.. Atlanta will have a new OL and Defensive Line People… Blank will not be disgrace again and you can bet your asses on this fact…NOT MR.BLANK.. Calm Down GA

chris

July 28th, 2011
12:30 pm

Some of you all on here please learn football and what teams have to work with. We have young players that are fully healthy that can play and rush the quarterback like Sean Weatherspoon. Its true that we need a db and a de and we will get them we might can’t afford Nnamdi but Jonathan Joesph from the bengals could be a player to look at. And I don’t think falcons are fully sold on ray edwards. I know TD is working hard he knows football. Rise Up with the Falcons, or find another team to talk about. FAKE FANS

FalconsFan284

July 28th, 2011
12:31 pm

I think the Falcons front office is playing it right. They are waiting for the market to be set before they jump in and over pay for a player they covet; I’m thinking about a certain player signing with the Kitty Cats. Thomas Dimitroff has been the best GM at getting inexpensive players that come in and produce without going too far out on a limb. We can argue the merits of Dunta all you want but the fact is that teams targeted Grimes a lot more than Robinson which mean Dunta was doing his job. Plus what the Falcons are paying him looks like a bargain compared to what some of these other cornwers are going to be getting this season.
Let’s lock up Grimes and do our best to get either Cullen Jenkins or Ray Edwards but not have they make it impossible for us to get Clabo, Blalock and/or Dahl back.

old qb

July 28th, 2011
12:34 pm

The Falcons will be a better team if they get a running back with speed to spell Turner. Oh yeah, they stole Jacquizz Rogers in the draft (considered by many to be the third best back in the draft–and ahead of Mark Ingram).
The Falcons will be a better team if they get a top quality wide receiver to take the heat off Roddy. Oh yeah, they got 6′4″ Julio Jones who has run a 4.2 forty.
They were NFC champs last year. They got blasted by the Packers, but I recall they beat them during the season. Get over the Packers–that was one game.
Give Thomasso and Smitty a chance to assemble this team before they’ve even met on the field this season. They’ve shown they know what they’re doing by their record over the past three years. So, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.

Gatorzone

July 28th, 2011
12:35 pm

Everyone needs to take it easy… There are tons of moves yet to be made via trades, released players and unaquired FA (diamond in the rough type). This is trademark Dimitroff… He doesn’t jump in right away, and we don’t get burned overpaying.. How much do they have to spend? DOL?

Bryant

July 28th, 2011
12:37 pm

Glad to see Dogra is just an agent today and not a super agent.