The Atlanta Falcons have added depth in the secondary by announcing they have come to terms with cornerback Mike Ford, most recently of the Denver Broncos.
Ford was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State by the Detroit Lions in 2018. He played three seasons in Detroit, starting seven games.
Ford has been used primarily on special teams in his career, especially in Denver last season. Of his 253 snaps with the Broncos in 2021, 240 of them came on special teams where he accumulated six tackles.
Chad Jensen, publisher of MileHighHuddle, was a bit surprised to see Ford signed away from the Broncos this offseason.
“Considering the other three corners Denver let hit the open market, it’s something of a surprise to see, first, Nate Hairston (Minnesota), then Ford as the next one signed by an outside team,” wrote Jensen. “Former starters Bryce Callahan and Kyle Fuller have languished on the free-agent market.”
Likely brought in to help with special teams in Atlanta, Ford will get the opportunity to play cornerback as well on a roster that includes excellent starting cornerbacks in A.J. Terrell, Casey Hayward, and Isaiah Oliver (slot), but lacks quality depth.