Falcons not wasting time finding help for secondary

A day after the Atlanta Falcons signed veteran safety James Sanders, they added more help for the secondary.

Kelvin Hayden has agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons, who are trying to come up with a patch for their secondary with 10 days until the start of the regular season.

Hayden, who was released by the Indianapolis Colts and drew interest from the Chicago Bears, must have passed the team’s physical. There has been concern about his neck.

The Falcons’ secondary struggled in the third preseason game vs. Pittsburgh and general manager Thomas Dimitroff had hinted the team would be aggressive looking for help there, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Falcons surrendered two long touchdown passes to the Steelers, and the pass defense was ranked 22nd in 2010.

Hayden could challenge for time as the nickel back quickly.

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