Falcons retain safety William Moore with five-year deal

The Falcons have a pile of their own free agents hitting the market this offseason, but they've retained at least one critical player in safety William Moore.

The team announced on Saturday they agreed to terms with Moore on a five-year deal that will keep the safety in Atlanta through 2016. According to the Associated Press, the deal is worth a maximum of $32 million, with $14 million guaranteed. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the deal.

Moore, our 26th-ranked free agent, was a guy the Falcons simply had to re-sign provided the dollar amount was right. As I noted in the Falcons free-agency preview, bringing back one or two of their own guys was critical for the Falcons this offseason.

Atlanta's previously stout secondary is suddenly thin, with Dunta Robinson getting cut (and now having agreed to a deal with Kansas City) and Brent Grimes headed into free agency as well.

Moore had four interceptions in 2012 and is a safety on the rise; he's not one of the top guys in the game or anything, but he's certainly a better-than-average option for Atlanta in the defensive backfield.

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