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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Falcons keep Thomas DeCoud

By Pat Yasinskas

Atlanta safety Thomas DeCoud will not be testing free agency.

The Falcons announced Tuesday morning that the four-year veteran has agreed to a new contract. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.

But the signing shows the Falcons still have high hopes for their third-round draft pick from 2008. DeCoud has started 47 of 58 career games.

In 2011, he hit a brief slump that landed him on the bench. But DeCoud later reclaimed his starting job and appeared to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Ideally, the Falcons would like DeCoud and William Moore to be their safeties for the long term.

The hope in the organization is that DeCoud and Moore, who both have good physical skills, can become more consistent under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

DeCoud did have a career-high four interceptions last season, and ranked third on the team in tackles.