Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 3/9/13
I was worried that Falcons would pay William Moore in that Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Eric Weddle, Michael Griffin range of young safeties who have gotten multi-year deals in the past 2 years, when that’s not the type of player he is. He’s not an elite safety and wouldn’t have been deserving of the franchise tag that the Falcons were rumored to be considering using on him, before ultimately opting against it. This 5-year, 30 million dollar deal, with 14 million guaranteed is noticeably less total and guaranteed money than the aforementioned safeties and I think it’s a very reasonable deal for him. ProFootballFocus’ 21st rated safety last season, Moore has graded out as an above average player in each of the last two years, but has never played at an elite level and has his share of injury issues in the past. 14 million is a little bit too much guaranteed for someone with Moore’s injury history, but all in all, I think this is a solid deal for a solid player. Grade: B
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