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The Falcons were able to keep two of their key free agents on the offensive side of the football on Tuesday hours after both became unrestricted free agents.
Wide receiver Harry Douglas and back-up quarterback Chris Redman both agreed to new contracts. The team announced the deals 12 minutes apart a little more than five hours after both hit the market.
Douglas, in particular, is an important player if the Falcons want to create more of a vertical passing game under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Lining up in the slot, he possesses speed and with defenses focusing on fellow wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones on the outside, Douglas will see single coverage, which he can take advantage with big-play capability.
A rookie out of Louisville in 2008, Douglas made a big impact that season but in 2009 he blew out his ACL during training camp and missed the entire season. He was slow to get back to form in 2010, but again made an impact in '11. He had 498 yards on 39 catches last season, including 133 yards on eight catches against New Orleans on Nov. 13.
Redman, who will be 35 next season, first joined the Falcons in 2007 the team's disastrous campaign under Bobby Petrino when former quarterback Michael Vick ended up in federal prison on dog-fighting charges. Redman fared well as a starter and has remained ever since, forming a friendship with starter Matt Ryan and helping act as a sounding board in meetings. He has played in 13 games over the last four seasons, starting only two, but has been dependable when called upon.
The Falcons have now been able to keep six of their 18 free agents, only slightly short of the number that general manager Thomas Dimitroff estimated in January that they would be able to or willing to re-sign.
Of two of the team's other key free agents, defensive end John Abraham was going to visit the Tennessee Titans and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was engaged in talks with Tampa Bay, according to reports.
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Two offensive players are returning to the Atlanta Falcons.
A source told FOXSports.com that wide receiver Harry Douglas had agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension. Financial details weren't immediately available.
Backup quarterback Chris Redman also signed a one-year deal, a source said. Financial details weren't immediately available.
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About an hour ago, John Abraham tweeted that he was in Flowery Branch, which included this photograph. This is surprising because other than Falcons headquarters, there is nothing much to do in Flowery Branch. On the eve of free agency, it could mean that Abraham is back to discuss, or even sign a contract.
Back for another round in Atlanta, or just loves North Georgia?
Looks like I will be staying in Atlanta...Home sweet home...
— Harry Douglas (@HDouglas83) March 14, 2012
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Players View does not have an official statement yet but Gerald McCoy of the Bucaneers who targeted Lofton just tweeted “Sorry #bucnation I tried but it looks like @CurtisLofton50 is an Eagle.Business is business he did what was best for him. Understandable.”
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