Car­di­nals sign for­mer UA LB, Fal­cons castoff Reed

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Two days af­ter sign­ing vet­eran cor­ner­back Robert Al­ford to a three-year deal af­ter he was re­leased by the Fal­cons, the Car­di­nals added an­other At­lanta castoff by sign­ing vet­eran line­backer Brooks Reed to a one-year con­tract worth a re­ported $2 mil­lion.

The Car­di­nals an­nounced the move on Satur­day.

In Al­ford, the Car­di­nals now have a new start­ing cor­ner­back to pair op­po­site of peren­nial Pro Bowl per­former Pa­trick Peter­son, and Reed is seen as a pos­si­ble start­ing in­sur­ance pol­icy in case the team loses Markus Golden to free agency.

Those sign­ings come on the heels of the Car­di­nals claim­ing line­backer Tan­ner Vallejo off waivers from the Browns on Wed­nes­day. Vallejo, 24, has the po­ten­tial to be a starter some­where in the mix, but can step in and im­me­di­ately con­trib­ute on spe­cial teams.

Sev­eral other teams tried to grab Vallejo, 24, in­clud­ing the Gi­ants, Jets, Ben­gals, Vik­ings and Charg­ers, but the Car­di­nals had the first chance be­cause they fin­ished last in the league this past sea­son with a 3-13 record.

They will main­tain their first rights to waiver pri­or­ity through­out the off­sea­son and un­til the fourth week of the 2019 reg­u­lar sea­son.

Reed, 31, was re­leased by the Fal­cons on Thurs­day as part of At­lanta’s con­tin­u­ing cost-cut­ting moves to find more avail­able cap space in re­tool­ing its ros­ter. It saved the Fal­cons $4.5 mil­lion in cap space. A Tuc­son na­tive who at­tended Sabino High School and the Univer­sity of Ari­zona where he was first-team All-Pac-10 as a se­nior, Reed is an eightyear NFL vet­eran.

He was a sec­ond-round pick of the Tex­ans in the 2011 draft and spent four sea­sons with Hous­ton be­fore sign­ing a five-year, $22 mil­lion deal with the Fal­cons in March, 2015. In 120 ca­reer games, which in­cluded 86 starts, he has 269 tack­les, 211⁄2 sacks, three forced fum­bles, two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies and one in­ter­cep­tion.

Reed ap­peared in 60 games (34 starts) for the Fal­cons the past four sea­sons, play­ing pre­dom­i­nantly at de­fen­sive end. He played in all 16 games last sea­son, mak­ing eight starts, and fin­ished with 24 tack­les, a sack and a forced fum­ble. In his 60 games for the Tex­ans, Reed made 52 starts and played pre­dom­i­nantly at line­backer.

He has ap­peared in nine post­sea­son games, col­lect­ing 29 tack­les, six sacks, a forced fum­ble and four tack­les for loss.

For­mer At­lanta de­fen­sive end Brooks Reed (50) signed a one-year con­tract with Ari­zona, re­port­edly worth $2 mil­lion.

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