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Falcons keep Sam Baker

Atlanta Falcons v Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Sam Baker #72 of the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Falcons 30-12. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The first draft pick of the Mike Smith-Thomas Dimitroff-Rich McKay era in Atlanta was quarterback Matt Ryan, the third overall selection in the 2008 draft.

The second was left tackle Sam Baker.

Ryan is a franchise cornerstone who figures to be in Atlanta for a long, long time, and Baker isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it appears. Alex Marvez of reported Tuesday night that the Falcons have re-signed Baker, PFT’s 46th-ranked free agent.

Per Pat Yasinskas of, Baker inked a six-year contract.

Baker started all 16 games for the Falcons in 2012.