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Bradford, Kanell Sign With Falcons

March 5, 1999

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) _ The Atlanta Falcons reached a contract agreement with cornerback Ronnie Bradford and announced today they and quarterback Danny Kanell have agreed to terms, giving the NFC champions a new backup to Chris Chandler.

``The situation is very clear, that I’ll be backing up Chris,″ Kanell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which reported today that the former Florida State star would sign a two-year deal for $2.5 million and a $1 million signing bonus. ``I just think it’s going to be a great fit.″

The 25-year-old Kanell was cut by the Giants last month.

Bradford was an unrestricted free agent who started 24 of Atlanta’s last 30 games. Terms of his contract were not announced.

Bradford, 28, signed with the Falcons as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in 1997 and in two seasons with Atlanta has 91 tackles, seven interceptions and 24 passes defended.

Last season, the 5-foot-10, 188-pound Bradford, a member of Colorado’s 1991 national championship team, started 10 of the 14 games he played and finished with 40 tackles and three interceptions. He started the Super Bowl against Denver and had six tackles and one interception.

Kanell was a New York draft pick in 1996. He played one season for coach Dan Reeves, who was fired by the Giants after the 1996 season and joined the Falcons in January 1997.

The starter for most of last season, Kanell was benched in November after a 3-7 start. He completed 160 passes in 299 attempts for 1,603 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Kanell, who was replaced as starter by Kent Graham, was released by the Giants last month after they signed Kerry Collins.

Kanell, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, also was sought by the Miami Dolphins, where his father served as team physician.

He started in 20 games in three seasons in New York. In 1997, he completed 156 of 294 passes for 1,740 yards, 11 TDs, and nine interceptions after taking over for Dave Brown in midseason and helping the Giants win the NFC East.

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