Found June 19, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Last year Lofa Tatupu was only 28 years old and four years removed from an All-Pro season as a middle linebacker. Yet after undergoing surgery on the lateral meniscus in both knees following the 2010 season, he ended up having no takers when Seattle cut him a few days into training camp. He received a couple of invitations to work out. One, he said, appeared simply to be a ploy by a team to cow its own player into signing. (It worked.) Tatupu said he was a victim of circumstance. Not only did the lockout hurt him, but when he received offers, they were for outside linebacker, which he had never played. He wasn't sure he could do it. As a result, he sat out the entire season and contemplated retirement. "I thought it was over," he said, "so I was ready to send those papers in." But after having signed with the Atlanta Falcons in March, gone through offseason team activities and now the first day of mini-camp on Tuesday, the 6-foot, 250...
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