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Grimes signs exclusive rights deal, Swinton released


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. --The Atlanta Falcons today signed cornerback Brent Grimes to an exclusive rights contract and waived wide receiver James Swinton.

In 16 games (eight starts) last season, Grimes compiled 67 tackles (58 solo), 13 passes defensed and one fumble recovery while leading the team in interceptions with six. The Shippensburg graduate also picked off four passes in the final three contests of the season. Grimes was originally signed as a rookie free agent by Atlanta on May 16, 2006. He has tallied 114 career tackles, seven interceptions, one sack, one fumble recovery and 19 passes defensed.

Swinton was signed by the Falcons to the practice squad on Dec. 15, 2009 where he spent the remaining three games of the season.

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