Javier E. Arenas was born on October 28, 1987 in Tampa, FL where he attended Robinson High. He is cousins with former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas, who played mostly with the Washington Wizards during his NBA career from 2001-12. At Alabama, Javier appeared in 13 games as a freshman on special teams. He returned 31 punts for 286 yards (9.2 avg) and 2 touchdowns. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 344 yards (19.1 avg). As a sophomore, he started 1 of 12 games at cornerback, tallying 20 tackles, 2 for loss, and 1 pass breakup. He also returned 21 punts for 323 yards (15.4 avg) and a touchdown with 27 kickoff returns for 657 yards (24.3 avg). As a junior, he assumed the starting job at cornerback with 14 starts. He finished that year with 63 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception for a 63-yard touchdown return and 7 pass breakups. He also recorded 41 punt returns for 650 yards (15.9 avg) and 3 touchdowns as well as 26 kickoff returns for 614 yards (23.6 avg). As a senior he started 13 games at cornerback, recording 71 tackles, 12 for loss, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions for 25 yards, and 5 pass breakups. He also had 32 punt returns for 493 yards (15.4 avg) and a touchdown as well as 19 kickoff returns for 551 yards (29.0 avg). He finished his career as Alabama's all-time leader in punt returns, yards, average per return, and touchdowns, as well as kickoff returns. He was also the all-time SEC leader in punt return yards and touchdowns, and tied for the lead in total punt returns. He was originally selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
He was signed by Kansas City Chiefs on July 28, 2010 ... Traded by Chiefs to Arizona Cardinals on May 1, 2013 in exchange for fullback Anthony Sherman ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 18, 2014.
His one-year deal with the Falcons is worth $795,000 including a $65,000 signing bonus. His base salary is $730,000 in 2014, but due to the minimum salary benefit, only $570,000 will count against the cap. That gives him a 2014 cap hit of $635,000.