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Atlanta Falcons

Impact moves: The Falcons focused on keeping their own players rather than adding newcomers. Six starters or key backups were re-signed, including defensive end John Abraham, safety Thomas DeCoud and center Todd McClure.

Significant losses: Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton's asking price was too high so he left for a five-year, $27.5 million deal with New Orleans. The Falcons signed ex-Seattle starter Lofa Tatupu as a potential replacement.

Top draft needs: The offensive line, particularly left tackle, should be a strong consideration. The Falcons also may seek to bolster their outside pass-rush after ranking in the bottom half of the league in sacks the past three seasons.

Analysis: While the cast will be similar, Falcons brass is hoping for improved results with new coordinators Dirk Koetter (offense) and Mike Nolan (defense).

Grade: B
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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