Originally created 03/04/03

Atlanta signs former Cincinnati safety Cory Hall



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Safety Cory Hall signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday after spending four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hall, a third-round pick from Fresno State in 1999, started 14 games last season for the Bengals and had an interception and two sacks. But his season ended for surgery on his left shoulder to repair torn cartilage.

The Falcons are trying to rebuild their secondary after starting right cornerback Ashley Ambrose was cut last month to create room under the NFL salary cap. Ambrose signed Sunday with New Orleans.

Starting left cornerback Ray Buchanan is coming off an injury-riddled season that included a four-game suspension for testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Unrestricted free agent Keion Carpenter, who started all 18 games at free safety, is coming off surgery last month that fused two discs in his back.

Juran Bolden, who played well in Buchanan's absence early in the season, is an unrestricted free agent whose offseason knee surgery will keep him out until mid-October.