As of March 18, 2013, we've reached day seven of free agency and it's hard not to feel the excitement growing in Atlanta. General manager Thomas Dimitroff and company have clearly been hard at work and their moves so far have placed the Falcons in an ideal position to pick up right where they left off last season.
With that, let's take a look at the teams signings as we enter day seven.
On the cusp of free agency opening, Tony Gonzalez agreed to return to the Falcons. He signed a two-year deal with $7 million guaranteed. However, the second year is likely just for cap purposes and we should in no way assume he'll be returning for more than one season.
There have been mumblings here and there as to whether or not the Falcons put to much faith in an injury prone and inconsistent Sam Baker, but his resigning was pivotal for the teams offensive line with veteran center Todd McClure announcing his plans to retire.
Baker is owed $18.5 million over six-years, with his total $41.1 million being staggered over that span. He received a $10 million dollar signing bonus with a base salary of $1 million next season - just a little more magic from Dimitroff.
After Steven Jackson had officially voided his contract with the St. Louis Rams, Atlanta was buzzing at the prospect of landing him.
And just when there was a resounding groan from the fanbase on a slow free agency following the resigning of Gonzalez, Dimitroff signed Jackson to a three-year, $12 million dollar deal. Four million of his contract will be guaranteed.
-- Other re-signings prior to free agency opening include William Moore, Garrett Reynolds and Antoine Smith.
Who would you like to see the Falcons pursue next, why?
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