The Falcons announced Tuesday that free safety Thomas DeCoud has re-signed with the team. Financial terms have not been released.
DeCoud started 15 of 16 games for the Falcons in 2011 and posted a career-high four interceptions. He was third on the team with 75 tackles and 33 assisted tackles (team-provided stat).
DeCoud’s 2011 season wasn’t without some turmoil, however. He was briefly removed as a starter in Week 2, but regained his starting role the following week. He was criticized for dropping a few sure interceptions and had a tenancy for missing tackles that led to huge gains.
His highs and lows aside, DeCoud’s signing shows that new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is ready to move forward into 2012 with DeCoud as his starting free safety. Atlanta now has nine of its 11 starters back on defense. The only two that haven’t signed contracts yet are defensive end John Abraham and linebacker Curtis Lofton.