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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Falcons keep guard Justin Blalock

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- A quick bit of news as I sit on a plane at Tampa International Airport, waiting for takeoff.

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a six-year contract to keep guard Justin Blalock, according to a league source. That comes after the Falcons re-signed right tackle Tyson Clabo, but let guard Harvey Dahl escape to St. Louis through free agency.

That means Atlanta has four of five starting offensive linemen from last year. The Falcons prepared for this situation by drafting Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley last year. Those two are likely to compete for the starting spot.