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Falcons agree to contract with Thomas DeCoud

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The Falcons used their franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes and they’re moving right along to the rest of the defense.

The team announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement on a new contract with free safety Thomas DeCoud, who was set to become a free agent on March 13th. There are no details on the financial terms or length of the deal as yet.

DeCoud drew some criticism for his play against the run in 2011, although he did finish the year with 86 tackles and four interceptions. He’s been a starter for the last three years and played well against the pass toward the end of the regular season. With safeties like Tyvon Branch, Dashon Goldson and Michael Griffin taken off the market via franchise tags, there aren’t too many free agent choices hitting the market that look like an upgrade over DeCoud.

The Falcons are also thought to be close to reupping with defensive end Kroy Biermann as they work to keep their defensive pieces in place for new coordinator Mike Nolan. The big question left for the Falcons is whether or not they will retain defensive end John Abraham and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. Abraham looks likely to leave while the outlook for Lofton is murkier.

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12 Responses to “Falcons agree to contract with Thomas DeCoud”
  1. nineroutsider says: Mar 6, 2012 11:50 AM

    Lots of Cal guys floating around the league…congrats and DeCoud will kill it next year.

  2. nygsbchamps4 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:59 AM

    There’s just something about this team that’s just uninspiring and boring.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 6, 2012 12:05 PM

    We’ll all miss Abraham but for what he’s looking for financially, they have to let him walk. Lofton is a must keep however. Make it happen Dimitroff!

  4. kane337 says: Mar 6, 2012 12:24 PM

    WHY, WHY, WHY???????

    The guy is a below average safety with no ball skills and take horrible angles on tackling in the back end.

    UGH!!! :(

  5. dudicle says: Mar 6, 2012 1:02 PM

    @ngysbchaps4 – I can see your point, we’ve been pretty vanilla for the past several years, even while winning a lot of games. I’m thinking that we’re turning the corner, though. We’ve got some guys that are starting to turn heads (Weatherspoon, Grimes, and Julio Jones in particular). There is nothing about this team that jumps out as “dominant,” but that could change really fast with the changes in coaching we’re undergoing right now. Hopefully we will change your opinion soon!

  6. dudicle says: Mar 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    @nygsbchaps4 – One more thing. Our guys tend to keep a low profile (except for Roddy White). Personally, I prefer that over loud mouth talkers and media darlings.

  7. rawgator06 says: Mar 6, 2012 1:24 PM

    Well, with the weakness of the Bucs and demise of the Saints, either the Falcons or the Newton’s are going to take over the division

  8. TeamBalco says: Mar 6, 2012 1:59 PM

    Congrats to my dude! I’ve known him since the 90’s.

  9. txbearmeat says: Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM

    Raw – It’s going to be Cam’s time. Yes, the Panthers have holes on D, but honestly, so do the Falcons. With the entire load of picks the Falcons stupidly gave up for Julio (who will be great for sure) the Panthers will make up that ground faster.

    NFCS – worst to first pattern continues.

  10. musicman495 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:08 PM

    Any truth to the story that the Falcons ran a secret program to pay defenders not to hit opponents?

  11. dgrowe213 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:27 PM

    txbearmeat says:
    Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM

    NFCS – worst to first pattern continues.

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    That pattern ended a couple of years ago.
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    musicman495 says:
    Mar 6, 2012 3:08 PM
    Any truth to the story that the Falcons ran a secret program to pay defenders not to hit opponents?

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    lol.

  12. nygsbchamps4 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:47 AM

    @dudicle you made some great points, I think because of his explosiveness, Julio Jones will bring some much needed excitement/explosive plays to atlanta. And to your other point, I’m arguing that an emotional leader can galvanize a team to great things. Guys like Ray Lewis and Drew Brees during the saints Superbowl winning season comes to mind, and lastly Mike Strahan during his last season.

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