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Falcons Sign QB Danny Kanell


Danny Kanell, cut by the Giants last month, agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons and will be the backup quarterback to Chris Chandler.

The former Florida State star will sign a two-year deal for $2.5 million and a $1 million signing bonus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.

"I just think it's going to be a great fit," Kanell said.

In another move, the Falcons and cornerback Ronnie Bradford agreed to terms. Bradford was an unrestricted free agent who started 24 of Atlanta's last 30 games.

Kanell 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 by Kent Graham, was released by the Giants after they signed Kerry Collins.

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

He started 20 games in three seasons in New York. In 1997, he took over for Dave Brown in midseason and helped the Giants win the NFC East.

Bradford signed with the Falcons as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in 1997. Last season, he finished with 40 tackles and three interceptions. He started the Super Bowl against Denver and had six tackles and one interception.

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