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.

18 responses to “Falcons sign Javier Arenas

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. “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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