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Report: Colts have interest in Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow

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Free agency starts this Thursday in the NFL, and one of the areas the Colts could be looking to address is their inside linebacker position.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Colts are one of the teams to have expressed interest in Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow. Howe notes that the other teams interested are the Patriots, Lions, and Eagles.

Worrilow wouldn’t exactly be a move that excites the Colts fanbase if they were to sign him, as he’s coming off of a season in which he started just one game. He appeared in 12 games and started one, recording 21 tackles and two passes defensed as he was mainly a contributor on special teams. He was a starter in his first three years with the Falcons but was replaced in the starting lineup last year - a season that saw Atlanta’s defense improve and that saw the Falcons make the Super Bowl. In fact, during the Super Bowl, Worrliow didn’t play a single defensive snap (though he did play 25 on special teams).

Overall, Worrilow has played in 59 games since signing with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2013, starting 44 of them. He’s recorded 385 tackles, four sacks, ten passes defensed, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He finished as Atlanta’s leading tackler in 2013 (127), 2014 (142), and 2015 (95) before losing his starting spot the following year.

His contract is set to expire, and he likely won’t command a huge contract (though it does sound like multiple teams are interested). The Colts do need help at inside linebacker, but it’s uncretain whether Worrilow is the answer - or whether he’d even be signed to be the answer in the first place.