Atlanta Falcons add former CFL linebacker James Vaughters to practice squad

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The Atlanta Falcons have signed former CFL linebacker James Vaughters to their practice squad.

Vaughters had spent the past two years with the Chicago Bears in a growing role, but was waived Tuesday as part of final roster cuts. He now reunites with position coach Ted Monachino, who came over to Atlanta from Chicago this offseason.

In his second season with the Bears last year, Vaughters compiled 19 tackles, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits and three special teams tackles while playing in 14 games, all as a reserve.

Vaughters originally signed with the Bears in 2019 and appeared in three games as a reserve after spending the previous two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. He recorded 50 tackles, 11 sacks and eight special teams tackles in 33 games with the Stamps. The six-foot-one, 256-pound linebacker was part of the Grey Cup championship team in 2018.

The 28-year-old Vaughters has earned over $1 million in his NFL career.