They are looking at backup plans. They worked out Lofa Tatupu on Friday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The former Seattle linebacker spent last year out of the NFL and has had some injury problems.
But Tatupu is intent on returning to the league this season. He’s already worked out for the New Orleans Saints.
Lofton has been Atlanta’s starting middle linebacker since he was drafted in 2008 and has been a solid performer. But Lofton does not excel in pass coverage and there’s some speculation new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan may view him as a two-down player.
If that’s the case, then the Falcons aren’t likely to pay big money to keep Lofton. That’s probably why they already are looking at alternatives.