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Sam Baker, Atlanta Falcons agree to six-year contract

Amid rumors of interest in big names such as Darrelle Revis and Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has followed through on a master plan to bring back the key players who helped compile the NFL's best record in 2012.

The Falcons have agreed to a contract with left tackle Sam Baker, a team source confirmed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday. The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.

The Falcons made the news official Tuesday night, announcing that Baker had agreed to a six-year contract.

Along with the weekend signing of right guard Garrett Reynolds, Dimitroff now has locked up two of his three offensive-line starters to have reached free agency.

Following a disappointing injury-marred 2011 season in which he lost his starting job to journeyman Will Svitek, Baker bounced back strong last year, showing marked improvement in pass protection. As the eighth-ranked offensive lineman in Around the League's free agency primer, Baker was a valuable re-signing for the Falcons. Matt Ryan should be wearing a smile.

With Baker, Tony Gonzalez and safety William Moore back in the fold, two-time NFL Executive of the Year Dimitroff continues to put his franchise in position for a playoff run.

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