As especially impatient Atlanta Falcons fans demand to know when the team will sign 1993-vintage Reggie White in free agency, the team is taking care of the center of its defense. Thursday morning, veteran linebacker Mike Peterson exclaimed on Twitter that he'd agreed to terms with the team. No details on what those terms are as of yet.
Update: One-year deal, the team announced. No financials.
Stephen Nicholas agreed to a five-year deal the day before, so anything more than a year or two for Peterson would be kind of surprising. In Curtis Lofton, Sean Weatherspoon, Nicholas and perhaps Akeem Dent and others, the team has a number of skilled young linebackers. Not to mention important secondary and offensive line players to re-sign.
But Peterson played well in 2010 after a shaky 2009, and knows Mike Smith's scheme well enough to function as a player-coach. Spoon and Lofton immediately took him on as a mentor upon joining the roster, and you'd expect Dent to do the same. Though we don't have any sense of the terms yet, we can say this deal seems like a solid move.