FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., March 28 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran free agent wide receiver MarTay Jenkins, which gives elusive quarterback Michael Vick another speed burner.
Terms of his contract were not disclosed.
The 6-0, 206-pound Jenkins is a four-year NFL veteran, who has played his entire career with Arizona after being claimed off waivers by the Cardinals in 1999.
He originally was drafted by Dallas in the sixth round, 193rd overall, of the 1999 NFL Draft out of Nebraska-Omaha. The Cardinals claimed Jenkins on Sept. 6, 1999, after he was waived by the Cowboys on the final roster cutdown.
A part-time player at wide receiver in his four seasons with the Cardinals, Jenkins has also been Arizona's primary kick returner the last three seasons, and likely will get his chances with the Falcons.
Last season, Jenkins played in eight games with one start before suffering a fractured scapula against St. Louis on Nov. 3, which forced him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve.
For the year, he caught 21 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown, and returned 20 kicks for 559 yards, a 28.0-yard average, and one touchdown. Jenkins was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his 95-yard kickoff return at Seattle on Sept. 5.
After playing in only three games for the Cardinals in his rookie season, Jenkins played in all 16 games in 2000. As the Cardinals primary kickoff returner, he set NFL records for most kickoff returns (82) and most kickoff return yards (2,186) in a single-season.
His 26.7-yard kickoff-return average ranked second in the NFC, third in the NFL, and was the highest by a Cardinals player since 1975. His 98-yard return for a touchdown against Minnesota was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Cardinals player since 1979.
Jenkins also caught 17 passes for 219 yards, which gave him a combined 2,402 all-purpose yards for the season, the second highest total in Cardinal history.