Tuesday March 3, 2009
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed linebacker Coy Wire, tight end Justin Peele, safety Jamal Fudge and three other players. Defensive end Chauncey Davis also reportedly reached terms on a new deal.
Davis' agent, Kevin Conner, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution his client would return to the Falcons for a $14 million, four-year deal, with nearly $8 million due in the first two years.
Team officials had no comment until the deal is officially signed. By keeping Davis, Atlanta stemmed the tide of losses in free agency, having surrendered linebacker Keith Brooking to Dallas, cornerback Domonique Foxworth to Baltimore and linebacker Michael Boley to the New York Giants.
Wire was signed by the Falcons last summer and wound up replacing Boley at outside linebacker late in the season. Wire had 24 tackles and broke up one pass while starting four games.
Peele made 11 starts at tight end, catching 15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a TD reception in Atlanta's wild-card playoff loss to Arizona.
The Falcons also re-signed defensive tackle Jason Jefferson, offensive lineman Ben Wilkerson and linebacker Tony Gilbert. Running back Jason Snelling, cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Antoine Harris were retained through exclusive rights deals.
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