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Report: Falcons set to release safety Thomas DeCoud

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The Atlanta Falcons appear set to move on from one of their most consistent defenders over the last several seasons.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, the Falcons are expected to release safety Thomas DeCoud prior to March 15, which is the fourth day of the new league year.

DeCoud has played in all but one game for the Falcons over the last five seasons. DeCoud earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2012 with 76 tackles and six interceptions. However, last season was statistically his worst in the league since assuming a starting role in 2009. DeCoud failed to record an interception and posted just 65 tackles, his fewest as a starter.

The move will free up $3 million in cap space for the Falcons. The move would leave William Moore as the only safety with significant experience on Atlanta’s roster. DeCoud’s release will likely force the Falcons to look for a replacement in free agency or the draft.

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15 Responses to “Report: Falcons set to release safety Thomas DeCoud”
  1. jacobslatter says: Feb 25, 2014 11:04 PM

    Farewell, Thomas DeCant. I’m shocked he wasn’t released along with Asante Samuel & Stephen Nicholas.

  2. bryco9 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:09 AM

    Vikings could use this guy, better jump on him quick. Harrison Smith, DeCoud, Rhodes, draft a top CB, and sign a vet like D. Robinson or Samuel. Could be a top 5 group.

  3. I'm Judgemental says: Feb 26, 2014 3:58 AM

    Entertaining guy, could see him making a successful career as a broadcaster. But as a football player, my god. He should be the first player listed under the definition of “taking a bad angle.”

  4. railcarcowboy says: Feb 26, 2014 4:11 AM

    Welcome to New Orleans DeCoud!

  5. campcouch says: Feb 26, 2014 5:13 AM

    Who?

  6. chicagosports2014 says: Feb 26, 2014 5:27 AM

    Da Bears!

  7. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 26, 2014 5:28 AM

    Meow that is a shame.

  8. manilarizzo says: Feb 26, 2014 6:12 AM

    Skins should pounce at this bargain.

  9. kane337 says: Feb 26, 2014 6:52 AM

    Epic fail

  10. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 26, 2014 8:08 AM

    Sad to see him go. He’s a solid player who had a down year. Whoever gets him will be happy with what he provides I think.

  11. abanig says: Feb 26, 2014 10:09 AM

    He’d be welcome on the Redskins is imagine

  12. stoptrippn says: Feb 26, 2014 1:42 PM

    Here come MichaelJohnson and Taylor Mays

  13. ps3988 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:35 PM

    Based on last years stats alone he should have been wearing a Packer jersey.

  14. rwhite84 says: Feb 26, 2014 7:14 PM

    Hopefully to be replaced by Jairus Byrd.

  15. robrocker1959 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:26 PM

    2012 was a fluke. The other years he has always been a liability in coverage and now in the pass D as well. Good riddance

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