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The linebacker corps has been one of the most transitional positions on the entire team since the Dimitroff/Smith era began, especially the outside linebackers. In 2007, the Falcons boasted Keith Brooking at MLB Michael Boley and Demorrio Williams at the outside linebacker spots. When Dimitroff took over as General Manager, he immediately snagged Curtis Lofton from Oklahoma in the second round to be the old-school tackling machine in the middle for some time to come. That’s about where the continuity stops. In an effort to get younger, 2008 saw Brooking’s last year in a Falcons uniform and evidently Michael Boley didn’t mesh well with the new coaching staff because he was allowed to walk into free agency after having a Pro Bowl worthy year in 2007.
They signed Mike Peterson in the 2009 off-season as a free agent linebacker from the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played for then defensive coordinator Mike Smith for most of his