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Falcons acquire Rams safety Coady

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (March 7, 2005) -- The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Rich Coady, another low-key acquisition for the team that reached the NFC championship game last season.

The 29-year-old Coady has spent all but one of his six NFL seasons with St. Louis, starting five games for the Rams in 2004. He played in all 16 games and finished with 44 tackles.

Atlanta has signed most of its key players to long-term contracts, including the richest deal in NFL history for quarterback Michael Vick. But that strategy came with a downside -- little money to spend under the salary cap.

The Falcons have actually subtracted more than they've added since the beginning of free agency, cutting two defensive starters, tackle Ed Jasper and safety Cory Hall, along with backup end Travis Hall.

Atlanta did re-sign Pro Bowl return specialist Allen Rossum and picked up kicker Todd Peterson, moves formally announced March 7.

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