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Falcons sign Javier Arenas

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Scott Pioli joined the Falcons front office this offseason and the team moved quickly to sign two former Chiefs who were brought into the organization when Pioli was the general manager.

On Tuesday, they made it three. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, via agent Hadley Engelhard, that the Falcons have signed cornerback/kick returner Javier Arenas to a one-year contract.

Pioli drafted Arenas in the second round of the 2010 draft after a standout college career at Alabama and Arenas went on to play 47 of 48 games for Kansas City over the next three years. Arenas had two interceptions while returning kickoffs and punts for the Chiefs before being traded to Arizona before last season. Arenas played sparingly on defense in Arizona and averaged 21.4 yards per kick return.

The Falcons are also visiting with Devin Hester, so Arenas may wind up being a backup option as a kick returner in the event that they don’t reach agreement with the former Bears return ace.

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18 Responses to “Falcons sign Javier Arenas”
  1. kcflake says: Mar 18, 2014 5:15 PM

    Thomas Dimitroff must be having 2nd thoughts about hiring Pioli.

  2. kcflake says: Mar 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    All the Chiefs castoffs and Wannabes reuiniting in Atlanta. That is Not a Super Bowl Winning formula.

  3. cameron poe says: Mar 18, 2014 5:18 PM

    Doesn’t seem like he’s really having second thoughts since he keeps offering and signing off on these contracts.

  4. burtmurphy1 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:19 PM

    So essentially, hiring Pioli meant we would just sign the crap from KC.


    If this doesn’t work, there will be hell to pay in Flowery Branch.

  5. beardinals says: Mar 18, 2014 5:34 PM

    If they’re smart, he won’t be returning KO’s

  6. FreewayJim says: Mar 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    I was never impressed with Pioli as a Personnel guy, read the book “War Room” and you’ll be even more underwhelmed by him.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 18, 2014 5:50 PM

    First Gonzales, now Julio Jones, such a waste of talent.
    (notice I didn’t say Ryan)

  8. rwhite84 says: Mar 18, 2014 6:07 PM

    They were just teasing us with Hester and Tridon, no one pays a backup kick returner $630,000.

  9. paulitik74 says: Mar 18, 2014 6:12 PM

    Didn’t KC pick up Arenas with the 2nd round pick the Falcons gave the Chiefs for Tony Gonzales? It all comes back around.

  10. afcdomination says: Mar 18, 2014 6:16 PM

    this is getting pathetic. someone call Alex Magee, he may have a job in the NFL again. Pioli’s first 3rd round pick can’t be sitting at home. no, he needs to be on that field.

    Jaguars should try to move Stanzi for some picks

  11. jredshoes says: Mar 18, 2014 6:20 PM

    Pioli’s great personnel decisions left us 2-14. We had 35 new players on our roster in 2013. Pray that Mr Blank shows him the door before you become the 2012 Chiefs

  12. firedup1 says: Mar 18, 2014 7:10 PM

    Arenas should never have been drafted in the second round.

  13. jjackwagon says: Mar 18, 2014 7:12 PM

    Remember last year when all the Cards fans were chirping about what a great addition Arenas was to their secondary?
    Prepare to be underwhelmed Falcon fans.

  14. jmc8888 says: Mar 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    On kickoffs, Atlanta coaches better tell him to take a touchback every time, because he has a horrible habit of taking it out and getting stuck at the 8-13 yard line…and he kept doing it over and over again.

    Was very glad to hear Ginn was signed as he would take over from Arenas those duties. But of course that also meant his value to the club diminished and he would be less likely to re-sign. Not surprised he moved on.

    Good luck to him.

  15. slick50ks says: Mar 18, 2014 9:43 PM

    What can Dimitroff be thinking?

    I know he has a loyalty to Fat Scott, but it’s going to cost him his career.

  16. thepasswordis12345 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:33 PM

    Same failed strategy that left the Chiefs at rock bottom. Pioli coming aboard and recycling his failed crony players isn’t going to get the Falcons on the Super Bowl path.

  17. thebballstar456 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:37 PM

    don’t see how bringing in 3 guys solely for depth purposes turns us into a 2-14 team. Pioli isn’t running the GM office anymore like he was in KC. The falcons’ FA signings all make a ton of sense for depth / run defense purposes.

  18. capecotton says: Mar 18, 2014 11:40 PM

    “Arenas had two interceptions while returning kickoffs and punts for the Chiefs…”

    That’s pretty talented! Intercepting a pass while returning a kickoff or a punt! Talk about multitasking!

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