IN BRIEF : McFadden Signs to Kick for Falcons

From Times wire services

Place kicker Paul McFadden, a barefooted soccer-style veteran who has played for Philadelphia and the New York Giants, has been signed by the Atlanta Falcons.

McFadden, safety Norman Floyd and tight end Brad Beckman signed contracts with Atlanta on Monday, the NFL team announced today. Tight end Ron Heller also reached agreement with the Falcons and is expected to sign a contract later in the week.

All four players were unprotected free agents.

McFadden, a 12th-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984, has scored 457 points in the NFL and has a career field goal rate of 73%. He was cut by the Eagles last August and played the final 12 games of the season with the Giants.

While with the Eagles, he set club records for career field goals, field goals in a season and points in a season.