Curtis Lofton was ready for change

March, 26, 2012
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As we’ve long suspected, Curtis Lofton said part of the reason he left Atlanta for the New Orleans Saints as a free agent was because the Falcons viewed him as a two-down linebacker.

Lofton told 790 (AM) The Zone in Atlanta he doesn’t like that label.

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“As much as you don’t want to put any personal and you want to put emotions aside, yeah, there is a little bit of that,’’ Lofton said. “A guy goes and lays his heart on the line and never missed a game, did everything you asked, this is what you do? It kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But, at the same time, this is a business. And a team is going to do what’s best for them and they thought it’s best that they go in another direction. And it’s best for me to go in another direction. Just happy to be in the situation I am.’’

Lofton said the Falcons did make an offer to re-sign him, but it apparently wasn’t to his liking. Lofton often came out on passing downs in his rookie season (2008), but played more than 90 percent of Atlanta’s defensive snaps the past three seasons. The Falcons hired Mike Nolan as their new defensive coordinator after last season and that’s when word started leaking out that the team no longer viewed Lofton as a middle linebacker.

Lofton said he’s excited about joining the Saints and isn’t worried about punishments for a bounty system having a negative impact on the team.

“[The Saints] are kind of using the mentality it’s us versus them,’’ Lofton said. “Everyone’s out to get them and let’s just all make this team strong. I’m happy to be a part of it and I’m going to bring my leadership to this team and help in the best way I can.’’

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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