Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud agreed to terms with the team on Tuesday.
“Thanks for all the congratulations everyone…looking forward to taking my game to the next level and help the falcons take that next step,” DeCoud sent out in a tweet on twitter. com from @TwentyAte28.
DeCoud was a third round pick (98th overall) in 2008. He became a starter in 2009 and has been a mainstay. He was challenged for his position last season, but was able to hold off James Sanders.
He finished third on team in tackles with 109 tackles last season. He also had four interceptions and seven passes defensed.
DeCoud, 6-0, 192 pounds, has started 47 of 58 games, totaling 335 tackles (219 solo), two sacks, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and 19 passes defensed.
The Falcons also announced that tight end Michael Palmer and running back Antone Smith have signed their exclusive rights contracts.
Palmer, 6-5, 252 pounds, was originally signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 26, 2010. In two seasons in Atlanta, he has played in 31 games with two starts. Palmer has totaled 15 receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns in his career, including 10 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown in 2011.
Smith, 5-9, 192 pounds, was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as a college free agent on May 8, 2009. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad on October 21, 2009. Smith has seen action in 21 games over the last two seasons, primarily on special teams. In 2011, he ranked seventh on the team with seven special teams tackles.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog