Linebacker O’Brien Schofield is lobbying hard to return to the Falcons. However, it’s not clear if the interest is being reciprocated at this point in the offseason.
“You know I’ll bring 100 percent to that locker room and to the field,” Schofield told ESPN.com. “And you know, without a shadow of a doubt, I would help that ballclub. I’m looking for a more dominant role as a nickel pass-rusher. I would have to be able to compete as the nickel rusher.”
The veteran, who signed a one-year, $1.7MM deal with Atlanta last year, finished out the year with 28 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks, 13 quarterback hits, and one forced fumble. The Falcons did make Schofield an offer this spring, but it was not to the veteran’s liking. As of this writing, it appears that there is no longer an offer on the table from the Falcons. In last week’s draft, the Falcons added LSU linebacker Deion Jones in the second round and Minnesota linebacker De’Vondre Campbell in the fourth round, so they’re not exactly desperate for help in that area.
The advanced metrics at Pro Football Focus (subscription required) weren’t necessarily enamored with Schofield’s play last season. Schofield earned a 69.0 overall grade, placing him as the No. 71 edge defender in the NFL last season. Fellow veteran linebackers Kroy Biermann, Calvin Pace, and Darryl Tapp finished out with similar grades and they are also presently without NFL employment.
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