Falcons re-sign William Moore to five-year contract
“It’s a relief,” said William Moore, who had $14 million of the deal in the form of guaranteed. “That was my ultimate goal, to continue to be here in Atlanta and try to get the Super Bowl. I’m very pleased with the negotiations.”
The Atlanta Falcons re-signed William Moore to a $32 million contract that reportedly includes a $30 million base salary and 8.25 million signing bonus. William Moore will be making $18 million in the first three, with $10.5 million alone in 2013.
The 25-year-old William Moore, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent by the Tuesday deadline, was already expected to receive a contract among the top free agents to hit the open market since he was high on the team’s priority list of their own restricted free agents. The previously solid secondary had recently become depleted after Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson was cut (and signed by the Kansas City Chiefs) while Brent Grimes faced free agency.
“It’s a good problem to have, but at the same time, it’s a process that you hate to go through because you don’t know where the next chapter in your life will end up at,” William Moore said of his previously existing possibility of entering free agency. “But I was hoping that I would stay here in Atlanta for the whole time. We just had to work through (free agency).”
A second-round pick out of Missouri in the 2009 draft, Williams Moore has been a regular starter with the Atlanta Falcons since 2010 season (starting 15 of 16 games), and who has totaled 38 starts in the past four seasons. William Moore posted a career-high five interceptions in 2010, and was a Pro Bowl alternate for San Francisco safety Donte Whitner last year. William Moore also added four interceptions last season while registering a career-best 75 tackles, despite missing four games due to hamstring injury.
The Atlanta Falcons freed some cap space earlier last week by releasing defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson and running back Michael Turner. The team is trying to put that to use by convincing tight end Tony Gonzalez to forgo his retirement plans and return for his 17th NFL season.
Other Priorities on the Atlanta Falcons list includes quarterback Matt Ryan (who is entering the last year of his contract) and cornerback Brent Grimes (who received the franchise tag last season). Right guard Garrett Reynolds re-signed to a tow-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. Other free agents whom the Atlanta Falcons are interested in re-signing include – cornerback Christopher, fullback Mike Cox as well as tackles Sam Baker and Vance Walker.