Former New England Patriots safety James Sanders might not be the only new defensive back added to the Atlanta Falcons roster this week. NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who was cut by the Indianapolis Colts last month, visited the team Tuesday and could sign Wednesday.
Hayden has six years of experience, starting 46 games, but has struggled with injuries at points. He started every game of the 2007 season. In his career, he's piled up 298 tackles, 37 passes defensed, nine interceptions and four forced fumbles. He'd also add some championship experience to a young defense, having put up a pick-six in Super Bowl XLI.
A second-round pick out of Illinois, Hayden has played almost exclusively cornerback in his NFL career.
That nickel back spot is Atlanta's biggest worry heading into the regular season. Adding a vet like Hayden to the competition between younger Dominique Franks and playoff scapegoat Chris Owens could be a great move.
For more on Hayden, head to Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Colts blog Stampede Blue, plus SB Nation Indiana.