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Falcons sign safety William Moore to five-year extension

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Falcons safety William Moore agreed to a five-year extension (USA Today Sports Images)

The Atlanta Falcons have kept William Moore off the free agent market, agreeing to terms on an extension that will keep the Pro Bowl safety under contract for the next five seasons, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Financial terms of the extension were not disclosed.

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After missing most of his rookie season with a hamstring injury, Moore has started 38 of 40 games over the last three seasons, totaling 201 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 11 interceptions. Moore missed the final four games of the 2012 regular season with another hamstring injury, but hadn't missed a snap in the first 12 games, in which he posted four interceptions and was added to the Pro Bowl roster to replace San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner.

The Falcons ranked 23rd against the pass in 2012 and are undergoing a mini-renovation in the secondary. Veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson was released and has since signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Cornerback Brent Grimes, who played last season under the franchise tag before landing on injured reserve with an Achilles injury, is an unrestricted free agent who could move on when the new league year begins on March 12.

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However, extending Moore's contract keeps the promising safety tandem of Moore and Thomas Decoud under contract for the next four seasons. Decoud, who also earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2012, signed a five-year, $17.5 million extension with the Falcons last March.

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