Cardinals make three defensive additions

Linebacker Brooks Reed is photographed during an interview at Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2015. The Cardinals signed Reed to a one-year contract Thursday. [Submitted photo]
Robert Alford

The Cardinals bolstered their defense last week, adding three defensive players.

Cornerback Robert Alford was signed to a three-year contract Thursday. The 30-year-old Alford spent six seasons with the Falcons, starting all 15 games he appeared in last season. He started the last 76 games he appeared in. Alford has 10 regular-season interceptions, and returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown two years ago in the Falcons’ Super Bowl loss to New England.

Outside linebacker Brooks Reed was signed to a one-year contract Saturday. Reed, who grew up in Tucson and played at the University of Arizona, has played in eight NFL seasons, four with the Houston Texans and the last four with the Atlanta Falcons.

Tanner Vallejo

The 31-year-old Reed has played in 120 NFL games, 86 as a starter. He appeared in 60 games, 34 as a starter, at defensive end with the Falcons. He is projected to move to outside linebacker in Arizona’s 3-4 defense.

Linebacker Tanner Vallejo was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Tuesday. Vallejo appeared in 13 games for Cleveland last season, making one start. He had 20 tackles on defense and seven on special teams for the Browns last year. He also had one forced fumble.



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