Players reflect while cleaning out lockers.

Wheeler would like to return to Falcons

When the linebacker corps was beset with injuries, the Falcons signed Wheeler on Oct. 20.

The former Georgia Tech standout was originally drafted by the Colts. He spent time with the Raiders, Dolphins and 49ers. He was able to quickly pick up the defense and contribute.

“I would love to come back next year,” Wheeler said on Monday. “I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me to play here. We had some good times and some bad times. Some wins and some losses, but it was a great opportunity.”

Wheeler, who’s from Columbus, played in nine games and made two starts. He finished with 29 tackles.

“I think it’s definitely a good situation the way the defense improved since last year,” Wheeler said. “I think the sky is the limit for them.”

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.