Following the recent thinning of their linebacking corps, the Atlanta Falcons are now turning to one of the most prolific veteran defenders in the NFL to help their current situation. According to A.J. Hawk's agent, the team has agreed to contractual terms with the long-serving linebacker to move to Atlanta.

With Sean Weatherspoon out for the entire season due to a torn Achilles -- and seeing that their three other linebackers (Paul Worrilow and rookies Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell have also recently suffered injuries -- the Falcons have been desperately searching for his long-term replacement and now they seem comfortable with Hawk.

On Sunday during Atlanta’s triumph over the Panthers, special teamer LaRoy Reynolds had to be called in to replace Weatherspoon when he went out after getting injured. Considering that Reynolds had previously been listed as 3rd-string on the Atlanta Falcons' depth chart, it is clear how desperate the team has become in a bid to replace their unavailable talent.

There is a lot to worry about in Atlanta; their trophy cupboard is currently bare and the team stands at position 30 in the league. In other words, the Falcons have the league's 3rd-worst defense. It remains to be seen how Hawk can help the situation.