April 4, 2002

CB Weary Signs with Falcons

Unrestricted free agent cornerback Fred Weary, a Saint since he was drafted by Mike Ditka in 1998, has signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Weary was a fourth round draft pick out of Florida in 1998, the first of two fourth round picks that year. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2000 season and returned to the Saints as a nickel back in 2001. He was unrestricted this offseason after his rookie contract expired.

The three year contract is essentially a one-year deal, which the remainder of the contract voidable if Weary participates in 20% of the Falcons' defensive snaps this upcoming season. Weary should return to the free agent market again next offseason.

The Falcons continue a long trend of signing ex-Saints players. QB Bobby Hebert, K Morten Andersen, DE Brady Smith, and CB Ashley Ambrose are all players in recent memory who signed with the Falcons after playing for the Saints.

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