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.