Falcons To Sign Javier Arenas

The Falcons have agreed to terms on a contract with Javier Arenas, agent Hadley Engelhard tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The defensive back and return man will ink a one-year deal with the team, according to Ledbetter.

Arenas, 26, has spent the first four seasons playing for the Chiefs and Cardinals since being selected in the second round of the 2010 draft. Although he started nine games on defense for Kansas City in 2012, he has primarily played a reserve role in the secondary, contributing more on special teams.

We know that the Falcons have been in the market for a returner, having hosted Devin Hester for a visit today. It’s not clear if the team views Arenas as the answer for that role — despite his experience as a return man, the Alabama product hasn’t scored a touchdown in 180 career kick and punt returns, and has fairly modest averages (9.7 yards per punt, 21.2 per kick).

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