ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos traded versatile defensive back Domonique Foxworth to the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2009.
Foxworth, a fourth-year pro, became expendable when the Broncos claimed cornerback Calvin Lowry off waivers from the Tennessee Titans this week.
Atlanta also claimed safety Jamaal Fudge off of waivers from Jacksonville and released cornerback Blue Adams and fullback Corey McIntyre.
Foxworth averaged 55 tackles and 11 pass breakups in his three seasons in Denver, where he played cornerback, safety and nickel back. He totaled 166 tackles and three interceptions in 46 games, including 18 starts.
The former third-round draft pick from Maryland was popular in the locker room and in the community and he spearheaded the effort to build a teen center honoring slain teammate Darrent Williams last year.
While sad to see him go, several members of the Broncos secondary said they were glad Foxworth would get a shot at more playing time at a crucial juncture in his career. Denver has one of the best cornerback tandems in Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly, who was acquired following Williams' death last year.
"I'm thinking he'll definitely take a positive spin about this," safety Hamza Abdullah said. "But at the same time, you know the Denver Broncos without Fox? You know, you can't watch a TV show in Denver without seeing a Foxworth commercial. He's as much a part of Denver as anyone, so it's going to be tough."
Foxworth is entering the final year of his contract.
"It's an opportunity for him, so it's not all bad," Bly said. "With Champ on one side and I'm here and then the guys that we drafted, it's tough, we're all competing. But like I said, it gives him a chance to go somewhere where he'll be rewarded and play well and then get compensated at the end of the year."
Fudge (5-9, 194 pounds), enters his third year in the NFL having spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has competed in 20 career games while totaling 15 tackles (12 solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Fudge was coached by Mike Smith when he served as Jacksonville’s Defensive Coordinator from 2003-07.
Adams was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on July 25, 2007 and saw action in all four preseason contests.
McIntyre was claimed by Atlanta off of waivers on November 24, 2006. He saw action in 14 games, primarily on special teams last season.