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Falcons keep William Moore

March 9th, 2013

Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted this morning that the Falcons have come to an agreement on a five-year deal with safety William Moore. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Moore was an impending unrestricted free agent as free agency doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday afternoon. But the league instituted a new three-day window that began this morning at midnight that would allow teams to begin talking to impending free agents on other teams.

Moore was widely considered to be the team’s highest priority when it comes to retaining among their free agents. Moore was a second round pick by the Falcons in 2009, and missed most of his rookie season with a hamstring injury. He would replace an injured Erik Coleman in the starting lineup in Week 2 of the following season, and would not relinquish it back to Coleman on his way to a 71-tackle and 5-interception season. His production dipped a bit in 2011 to 54 tackles and only 2 interceptions, after missing four games due to injury. He would miss 4 games again in 2012 but would see his production rebound under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, recording 75 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 interceptions. He would be voted to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement.

UPDATE: D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the deal is worth $30 million over five years with $14 million guaranteed. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the max value of the contract is worth $32 million, presumably due to incentives and escalators. Schefter also reports that Moore is due $18 million over the first three years of the deal.

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