The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent linebacker Mike Peterson on Monday night, reuniting him with his former defensive coordinator, current Falcons coach Mike Smith.
Peterson likely will start at the strongside linebacker spot vacated by the free-agency departure of Michael Boley to the New York Giants, although he could play weakside linebacker, which also is available because Keith Brooking signed with the Dallas Cowboys via free agency.
Peterson played the first four years of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, but he joined the Jaguars in 2003, when Smith started his tenure as Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator. Peterson fell out of favor with Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio last season. Peterson was suspended for one game and was demoted upon his return.