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Atlanta safety William Moore let go after seven years with the Falcons

The Falcons make their first big player move of the new offseason.

The Falcons made their first big move of the offseason just one day after the Super Bowl. Monday the team released safety William Moore and linebacker Justin Durant.

The release of Moore is the biggest news, as he had been with the team since 2009. From 2010 through 2013 Moore missed only eight games – all in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. But in the last two years Moore has played (and started) in only 18 games.

Moore’s inability to stay healthy is likely the reason for his release. The Falcons were simply not the same team when he was out of the lineup, turning to Kemal Ishmael and even undrafted rookie Robenson Therezie to help out at safety.

There were two years left on Moore’s deal, so the Falcon save just under $3.5 million in cap space.

Moore missed nine games with a groin injury and then ended the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He just couldn’t stay healthy, and therefore his value to the Falcons was not there.

Atlanta drafted Moore in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Missouri.

Expect the Falcons to scour the free agent market and the draft for more help at safety.

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