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After releasing Asante Samuel last month, the Atlanta Falcons have added depth to the cornerback position by signing yet another former Kansas City Chief, Javier Arenas, his Atlanta-based agent Hadley Engelhard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.
The former star of the 2010 Alabama Crimson Tide national championship team was drafted in the second-round (50th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 draft.
Likely to only get playing time if injuries occur it still provides a backup plan just incase. He will probably be listed as the 4th string cornerback on the depth chart behind Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Robert McClain.
Arenas is listed as a cornerback, but is also a kick return specialist, which is an area where the Falcons struggled last season. Second-round pick Robert Alford was supposedly the answer at the return spot in the lineup, but ended up losing the starting job Robert McClain, who wad much better than Alford at returning kicks.
He is the third former member of the Chiefs signed by the Falcons this offseason along with offensive guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson. Mainly because of the hiring of new assistant general manager of the Falcons, Scott Pioli, who spent a good bit of his front office career on the Chiefs.
Gaining 1,029 yards (9.7 per return) in 106 punt returns and 1,568 yards (21.2 yards per return) in 74 kickoff returns is what he has don’t throughout his career returning the ball.
Even with this signing though, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of landed former Chicago Bears wide receiver, Devin Hester, who is one of the greatest return men of all-time.
Hester met with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, but no deal between the two sides has been made yet and there’s currently no sign of a deal being offered as of right now.
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