Falcons pick up Brian Williams
The Falcons signed cornerback Brian Williams, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams is a seven-year veteran that was released by the team yesterday. Williams joined the Jaguars in 2006, and served as a starter all three years there. He is familiar with many members of the Falcons coaching staff including head coach Mike Smith and defensive backs coach Alvin Reynolds from their shared stint in Jacksonville.
Williams was on the trading block earlier this week according to a report from NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora. Williams has started 93 games in his career and 18 career interceptions. He entered the league in 2002 as a fourth round pick with the Minnesota Vikings.
Williams will likely get a chance to compete immediately for a nickel position, with the potential to move into the starting lineup in the near future. Williams offers more size (5-11/202) than most of the Falcons corners already on the roster. He also has experience playing safety as well, offering versatility.
Williams signed a one-year deal. No word yet on which player was released to make room for Williams on the roster.