Falcons sign Sanders

The Falcons signed Houston Texans cornerback Lewis Sanders to a two-year contract.

Sanders started seven games for the Houston Texans, before a broken hand forced him on the injured reserve in November. He finished the year with 37 tackles and 6 pass breakups. He’s started 19 of 73 career games, and tallied 5 interceptions in that span.

Originally, a fourth round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2000. Sanders contributed mostly as a nickel back and on special teams as a Brown. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004, but was cut in training camp. He returned to the Browns that season before joining the Texans in 2005.

Sanders likely will be asked to play a reserve role with the Falcons. His addition to the roster could mean that the team will think about cutting cornerback Jason Webster. It’s likely that either Webster, the incumbent, or second-year man Jimmy Williams will be the starter at right cornerback this year. Sanders will challenge Allen Rossum for a reserve role.

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