ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 16: Ovie Mughelli #34 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on October 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2012 Falcons Offseason: Atlanta Releases Ovie Mughelli

The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly parted ways with fullback Ovie Mughelli.

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Falcons Free Agency 2012: Kelvin Hayden Signs With Chicago Bears, According To Sources

The Atlanta Falcons secondary got thinner Thursday, as corner back Kelvin Hayden decided to not return to the for the 2012-13 season, instead, he will be playing for the Chicago Bears, said the team Thursday. Hayden inked a one-year deal with the Bears and leaves a Falcons' squad, which lost backup safety James Sanders on Wednesday, a bit shorthanded in the secondary.

Hayden's contract is worth a veteran minimum $825,000, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The departure of both players creates a very thin secondary for Atlanta, which used Hayden as a nickle corner last season. Now, Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens will be asked to step into that roll.

Last season, Hayden played in just eight games with the Falcons, making one start and snagging two interceptions.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Curtis Lofton Agrees To 5-Year Deal With Saints

The wait is over. Curtis Lofton has become a former Atlanta Falcons linebacker after signing a five-year deal with division rival the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

Lofton was the Falcons' second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Atlanta will be forced to try and replace Lofton with some sort of combination of veteran Lofa Tatupu who was recently signed and former Georgia standout Akeem Dent. They will have some big shoes to fill as Lofton recorded 147 tackles, had one forced-fumble and two interceptions for the Falcons during the 2011 season.

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Falcons Free Agency 2012: Chris Redman Agrees On Deal To Remain In Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons earlier today announced that the team had reached an agreement on a new contract with backup quarterback Chris Redman.

Redman signed with the Falcons initially in 2007 and has served as Matt Ryan's backup for the last four seasons. In 2011, Redman appeared in five games for the Falcons completing 18 of 28 passing attempts for 188 yards. In his nine year career, Redman has appeared in 31 games and completed 286 of 500 passing attempts for 3,179 yards and 21 touchdowns. Redman was a third-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Redman is the second Falcons free agent to re-sign with the club with wide receiver Harry Douglas also agreeing to a new contract on the first day of the NFL free agent period.

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Falcons Free Agency 2012: Harry Douglas Agrees To Terms With Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons confirm that the team has reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Harry Douglas on a new contract.

The St. Louis Rams had also pursued Douglas and the third-year pro was reportedly contemplating leaving Atlanta for a shot at being the No. 1 or No. 2 receiver with the Rams or remaining with the Falcons where he formed a solid unit with fellow wide outs Roddy White and Julio Jones. Douglas caught a career high 39 passes for 498 yards during the 2011 season and stepped in at times for the injured Julio Jones.

Douglas was a third-round selection by the Falcons in the 2008 NFL draft. He has 84 career receptions for 1,112 yards and three touchdowns.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Vance Walker Tendered Contract By Falcons

NFL free agency begins on Tuesday and the Atlanta Falcons will certainly be testing the waters while trying to make improvements to their team.

Atlanta made at least one in-house move on Tuesday, however. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons tendered a contract to defensive tackle Vance Walker, who signed with the team and will remain with the team through 2012.

Walker, who was set to become a restricted free agent, will receive $1.26 million with the tendered contract. The DT played in every Falcons game in 2011 and racked up two solo sacks and a forced fumble to go along with his 25 tackles. The former seventh-round draft pick from Georgia Tech has 77 career tackles.

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Thomas DeCoud Re-Signing With Atlanta Falcons, According To Report

The Atlanta Falcons have had a busy 18 or so hours after a quiet period, franchising cornerback Brent Grimes and re-signing both tight end Michael Palmer and running back Antone Smith. The latest, as reported by Adam Schefter, is the re-signing of free safety Thomas DeCoud.

DeCoud had four interceptions and 73 tackles last year, ranking him highly among all safeties in both categories. He often appeared to miscommunicate with cornerback Dunta Robinson, though it's not entirely clear whose fault that was. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will be charged with getting the whole defense on the same page.

A four-year veteran, DeCoud is part of the 2008 draft class that might be remembered as the best in Falcons history. Fellow 2008 draftee Kroy Biermann is also reportedly set to earn a second contract in Atlanta, while quarterback Matt Ryan is negotiating an extension.

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Falcons Free Agency 2012: Brent Grimes Receives The Franchise Tag From Atlanta Falcons

As Thomas Dimitroff intended, the Atlanta Falcons have officially franchise tagged 5-year veteran cornerback Brent Grimes. With the Falcons tagging Grimes, this could mean the end of the Curtis Lofton era in Atlanta as the middle linebacker will hit the open market. Grimes and Lofton were the only two potential franchise tag targets on the roster, so one was invariably going to be out.

Grimes expected contract for 2012 is expected to be around $10.5 million, per the projected average for the top five cornerbacks' salaries in the NFL. At this point, if a team wanted to still acquire Grimes then the return compensation would have to include two first round picks, a cost that is too steep for anyone in the league to incur.

Grimes, the undrafted rookie from Shippensburg University, has tenure over in NFL Europe before eventually signing with the Falcons in 2007. In just four year, Grimes has made himself into a full-time starter and in the Pro Bowl.

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