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Falcons quiet to begin free agency

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Falcons are still waiting to make their customary offseason splash.

With NFL free agency in its third day, the Atlanta has yet to play its hand - a different approach for a team that added Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, Dunta Robinson, Julio Jones and Ray Edwards in each of the last four years.

This offseason seems different, though, with Atlanta lacking a first-round draft pick and its budget tight against the league's salary cap as general manager Thomas Dimitroff tries to fill starting jobs at linebacker and on the offensive and defensive lines.

The uncertainty has caused the Falcons to let three starters - middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, right end John Abraham and center Todd McClure - test the open market.

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