Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/27/12

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: Todd McClure #62 of the Atlanta Falcons calls out to the offensive line during their preseason game against the New England Patriots on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
With the news on Wednesday that veteran center Todd McClure had agreed to terms, the Atlanta Falcons continue to make steady progress in free agency minus at least one key player. Judging by general manager Thomas Dimitroffs rough estimate in January that the team would be able to retain eight of its free agents, the Falcons have exceeded expectations by that measure. McClure is the eighth to return to Atlanta, following in the steps of defensive end Kroy Biermann, starting safety Thomas DeCoud, running back Jason Snelling, back-up quarterback Chris Redman, No. 3 wide receiver Harry Douglas, starting defensive end John Abraham and long snapper Joe Zelenka. The Falcons also tagged starting left cornerback Brent Grimes as their franchise player, securing his rights. Grimes agent has told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the player would not sign the tender, nonetheless, the Falcons are hopeful that they can sign Grimes to a long-term contract, as they continue to try and impr...
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