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Eric Weems agrees to return to Falcons

Key special-team Eric Weems has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Weems, a wide receiver who has played eight NFL seasons, led the team with 11 special teams tackles last season and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. He also caught 10 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Terms of Weems' deal were not immediately available. Prior to last season, he signed a one-year deal worth $730,000 after being released by the Chicago.

Weems, who turns 30 in July, entered the league with the Falcons back in 2007. He has been a favorite of special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong for quite a while.

The Falcons have signed a handful of their players to contract extensions prior to the start of free agency: kicker Matt Bryant, safety Charles Godfrey, fullback Patrick DiMarco, defensive lineman Cliff Matthews, and linebacker Nate Stupar.

The team released running back Steven Jackson, guard Justin Blalock, and receiver Harry Douglas and waived defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, who was claimed by Tennessee.