Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan won't have DE John Abraham or CB Dunta Robinson at his disposal in 2013, but a key figure in the secondary, SS William Moore, won't be following his former teammates out of Atlanta.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Moore and the Falcons have agreed to a five-year deal. The financial terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.
Drafted in the second round by the Falcons in 2009, Moore, 27, has been a mainstay in the Atlanta secondary over the past three seasons, racking up 11 INTs, 25 PDs and five forced fumbles while starting 38 of 40 games in which he appeared.
The way we see it
The Falcons were wise to lock up Moore, who, along with FS Thomas Decoud, comprises one of the more productive safety tandems in football. One of the Falcons more violent hitters, Moore also possesses strong ball skills and has been fairly durable throughout his impressive young career. With a sudden need to replace Abraham and Robinson, both released in cost-cutting moves last week, Moore's return helps keep at least some continuity in the Atlanta pass defense for 2013.
Moore's new deal takes one of the better free agents off the market. Teams looking for safety help will still have plenty of options in free agency, however, with All-Pro Dashon Goldson, Kenny Phillips, Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, as well as future Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Charles Woodson, all set to hit the market on Tuesday.