The Atlanta Falcons announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with safety Chris Hope, adding a seasoned veteran to their already talented secondary and filling the role James Sanders left open in his departure to Arizona.
Hope, 31, has a great background in the NFL. He was a Super Bowl champion in 2005 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was also a Pro Bowler in 2008 with the Tennessee Titans.
In 11 years in the league Hope has recorded 690 total tackles and 20 interceptions. He suffered a broken arm last season, forcing him to miss several weeks of action. As Jordan Babineaux stepped up in his stead, the Titans decided to part ways with Hope in the offseason.
William Moore and Thomas DeCoud are locked in as starters for the Falcons, but Hope will certainly get a chance to show what he can do. Youngsters Shann Schillinger and Charles Mitchell were pegged to be backups at safety before this signing, and now they can learn from the experienced vet going forward.