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Falcons, Asante Samuel agree to three-year, $18.5 million contract

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The trade of Asante Samuel from Philadelphia to Atlanta was already close, and now it’s a big step closer, as Samuel has agreed to a new contract with the Falcons.

The new contract is a three-year, $18.5 million deal, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports. Samuel was scheduled to make about $10 million this season and about $11.5 million next season, so $18.5 million over three years represents a significant pay cut compared to what he was scheduled to make over the next two years. But the reality is that if Samuel hadn’t been traded he would have been released, so he wouldn’t have earned his base salaries with the Eagles.

It’s not known yet what the Falcons gave up to acquire Samuel, but it was likely a late-round draft pick. The Eagles made no secret of the fact that they wanted to deal Samuel and weren’t going to hold out for a lot in compensation.

Between the Samuel trade and Brent Grimes signing his franchise tender on Tuesday, the Falcons now have two good veteran cornerbacks under contract. And the Eagles, who also have two good veteran cornerbacks even after this trade, have an expensive player who didn’t fit their long-term plans off their books.

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  1. oldbyrd says: Apr 25, 2012 1:49 PM

    If they gave up a 5th or later, they stole him from the Eagles. What would the Falcons get in the draft at that spot that would even compare to a talent like Asante with 3 good years left?

  2. pjcostello says: Apr 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    …and counting Dunta Robinson, the Falcons have THREE good veteran cornerbacks under contract.

  3. mdpickles says: Apr 25, 2012 1:52 PM

    After the draft, LMcCoy will get 20+ million in guaranteed money in a new contract.

  4. bigkeev124 says: Apr 25, 2012 1:54 PM

    Well i guess its a done deal, Asante appreciate the ups, downs, INTs and double moves…. Lets go DRC fill that role

  5. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 25, 2012 1:54 PM

    Good move. The NFC South is going to be fun to watch this year.

  6. num1eaglesfanyo says: Apr 25, 2012 1:57 PM

    Its about time! I liked the gut but its a business and he was getting too much money

  7. bpjensen says: Apr 25, 2012 2:00 PM

    So, does that put the Falcons at about $26 million in three CBs?

  8. teedraper says: Apr 25, 2012 2:00 PM

    Great move for the Falcons and Asante.

    The Eagles chances of going to the SuperBwl are now OVER!!!!

    Good luck osers with your dmb and cry baby fan base

  9. outsyderz34 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:00 PM

    Let’s not forget he’s still getting his guaranteed money from the Eagles along with the 18.5 the Falcons are paying him.

  10. southcakpanther says: Apr 25, 2012 2:01 PM

    As a Panther fan, all I can say is damn this sucks.

    This also proves that the salary cap can be played like a fiddle.

  11. ken0west says: Apr 25, 2012 2:02 PM

    When is D Robinson getting cut? I though they paid that gun a ton a couple of year ago.

  12. sirsupersouthern says: Apr 25, 2012 2:02 PM

    Don’t the Falcons also have Dunta Robinson? Three quality CBs is a damn good thing to have these days; unless you’re the Eagles, apparently…

  13. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 25, 2012 2:07 PM

    Asante. You are a stud. Cant hate on what you did for the squad brother.

    I’d still take 7 ints & 0 tackles each season.

    KCCO

  14. eaglesw00t says: Apr 25, 2012 2:07 PM

    So long Asante. Thanks for the interceptions, but thats about it.

    Your attitude sucks. Good riddance to that. And you cant tackle worth a lick.

    I hope DRC is average this season. If he is even average, we have improved by removing your attitude from our locker room.

  15. kane337 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:08 PM

    Ok, now tell us the trade compensation. :)

  16. thatstinks says: Apr 25, 2012 2:10 PM

    I like Daunta Robinson . I think the Falcons have three good corners .

  17. turk2875 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:10 PM

    One side of me wishes he somehow found a way to stay in Philadelphia, the other know that you can’t have 3 starting CBs. In a pass heavy league it’s assumed that having 3 starting CBs is a good thing, but really that slot position is overlooked and undervalued and you can’t just plug anyone in there (like the Eagles tried to do with DRC).

  18. elmaxoh says: Apr 25, 2012 2:11 PM

    And another leader leaves Philly …

  19. bleedgreen11 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:13 PM

    I’m gonna miss watching him stand around in training camp, never suited up, never doing anything. He literally just stood there, maybe jogged a little bit here and there.

  20. dogluverssuck says: Apr 25, 2012 2:18 PM

    Now all they need is a quarterback.

  21. godofwine330 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:19 PM

    @ Falcons now have two good veteran cornerbacks under contract.

    *******************

    What about Donta Robinson. He is still under contract. Do they plan on dumping him?

  22. eaglebobby says: Apr 25, 2012 2:21 PM

    teedraper–you don’t know what you’re talking about. All you had to do was watch Samuel from 09-11–injury prone and refusing to mix it up in the run support game. His attempts to tackle were pathetic. And all you had to do was watch the Cards-Eagles game last year, when he was about 10 yards behind Larry Fitzgerald, leaving a rookie safety to cover him on what was a TD to put them ahead at the time.

    outsyderz34–what guaranteed money? He got that when he first signed with the Eagles in 08. They only owed him his base salaries, which now come off their books. They get hit with a 2M proration of his signing bonus, but they save 7M which puts them up over 20M again below the cap.

    And Atlanta will have the same problem the Eagles had last year–no one who is that experienced to play the slot. Grimes has never done it and Robinson hasn’t done it since 08.

    In the end, they got money to sign Shady and Maclin to extensions if they wish, and you can be sure that picking 15th, if Dre Fitzpatrick or the guy from S Carolina are there at CB on Thursday night, that’s who they’ll go after.

  23. sdffa11 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:25 PM

    ^if asante is one or the eagles leaders, we need new leaders in the locker room.

  24. kane337 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:26 PM

    Great move Thomas Dimitroff.

  25. dzor22 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:26 PM

    Making a good team better.

  26. jbl429 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:27 PM

    “pjcostello says:
    Apr 25, 2012 1:51 PM
    …and counting Dunta Robinson, the Falcons have THREE good veteran cornerbacks under contract.”

    How’d that work out for the Eagles last year?

  27. xxakshunxx says: Apr 25, 2012 2:29 PM

    good move for both teams.. Eagles get rid of the contract and now DRC can be comfortable starting alongside Nnamdi and Asante gets traded to a good team.. and anyone complaining about Eagles not gettin enough is too stupid to realize this was about dumping a contract and not about trading for anything

  28. j0esixpack says: Apr 25, 2012 2:29 PM

    In my opinion, even at $6 million a season the Falcons overpaid, but it all depends on how much is guaranteed.

    Asante like to gamble on coverage to pad his INT stats.

    He get his INTs but he also gives up big plays, which can include TDs

    That can wind up being a net loss on defense and for the team… Sometimes teams can be better off with a lesser talent at a fraction of the price who is willing to play a zone defense that will bend, but not break.

  29. skippynj says: Apr 25, 2012 2:31 PM

    It just doesn’t matter. Keep signing old, overpriced players. I love it. Problem is, you can’t seem to figure out that in this league you have to have the QB, and you just plain and simply, don’t. So, go on, trade up for WRs, trade picks for a string of mediocre cover corners and just keep scratching your little redneck pates trying to figure why you never get over the hump. It’s delightful to watch.

    ps- 2pts? 2? Really?

  30. joebuckiscreepy says: Apr 25, 2012 2:31 PM

    the lovechild of lil jon and the predator was NOT a team leader. still, DRC kind of sucks and 18.5 over 3 years makes it almost worth keeping him if all eagles got back was a late round pick. if nnamdi or DRC gets hurt, birds are f***ed.

  31. slammincamnewton says: Apr 25, 2012 2:33 PM

    Don’t matter. With that horrible coaching staff, the Panthers will still dominate them.

  32. biasedhomer says: Apr 25, 2012 2:34 PM

    LOL a leader? Asante a leader, you’ve gotta be kidding me.

    You’re supposed to lead by example, and if the entire team followed Asante’s lead, they would be worse than the Colts.

  33. frankfordyellowjackets says: Apr 25, 2012 2:41 PM

    Thanks Asante, you’re a great corner & Philadelphia will miss you.
    That said – Birds don’t need him anymore and we’ll do fine without him.

  34. jdrautz303 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:43 PM

    If you’re going to give away a well-regarded corner (in a corner hungry league) for a song, doesn’t it make more sense to send him to the AFC rather than one of your alleged contenders for the NFC crown (who also happens to be on your schedule this year)?

    Philly has a capologist (with no scouting experience) as a GM and an Offensive Line coach (with no defensive or coordinator experience) as their Defensive Coordinator.

    Sh*tty trade by a franchise that is fast becoming a sh*tshow (and this is coming from a lifelong fan)

  35. captatl says: Apr 25, 2012 2:48 PM

    In other news, Thomas Dimitroff dropped a quarter in the snack machine and got steak and Lobster. My guess is that he got 9 Million in signing bonus and vet minimum base salary this year. So, less than 4 million to this years CAP. Probably 1.5 Million guaranteed in base next year, and year 3 no guarantee.

  36. alaricsrevenge says: Apr 25, 2012 2:50 PM

    My money is on the Eagles getting a conditional pick in 2013 dependant on how Samuel plays this year.

  37. sonopazzo6 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:51 PM

    A couple of things……Dunta Robinson = Cheap Shot Assassin……also Asante was NOT a problem in the Eagles locker room…..he just told it like it was, but he never caused any problems….he was a team guy and true professional……good luck with those other Birds, Asante……except when you play us………Eagles Fan

  38. bunjy96 says: Apr 25, 2012 2:56 PM

    Do the Falcons now have any draft picks left?

  39. eaglesw00t says: Apr 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    jdrautz303 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 2:43 PM
    If you’re going to give away a well-regarded corner (in a corner hungry league) for a song, doesn’t it make more sense to send him to the AFC rather than one of your alleged contenders for the NFC crown (who also happens to be on your schedule this year)?

    Philly has a capologist (with no scouting experience) as a GM and an Offensive Line coach (with no defensive or coordinator experience) as their Defensive Coordinator.

    Sh*tty trade by a franchise that is fast becoming a sh*tshow (and this is coming from a lifelong fan)

    ———————————

    The world doesnt act according to your logic. Or lack, thereof.

    No team in the AFC has even shown interest in Asante other than Denver, and Asante would not redo his current contract to play there.

    Dont spout off about things that you are ignorant of. It makes you look even dumber than you actually are, which is terrible for you.

  40. kcrockett1 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:08 PM

    Tennessee showed interest too…just sayin’

  41. grogantomorgan says: Apr 25, 2012 3:09 PM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Apr 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    No team in the AFC has even shown interest in Asante other than Denver, and Asante would not redo his current contract to play there.

    ————————————————-

    Mainly due to the fact that he can’t tackle worth a lick and unfortunately in the AFC you do have to (except for Cromartie on the Jets).

    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen him get beat after jumping a route wrong.

  42. 11jlacy says: Apr 25, 2012 3:16 PM

    Welcome asante to the nfc south my name is lance,colston,henderson,graham n the hardest working man in the nfl ya dig¡!!!!!!!

  43. m2karateman says: Apr 25, 2012 3:18 PM

    Lions should have tried to work out a deal to get Samuel in Detroit. Of course, they don’t have room under the cap for a deal like that because Cliff Avril thinks he’s the second coming of Bruce Smith or Reggie White.

    Come to your senses Cliff.

  44. NoDecaf says: Apr 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    Dear fellow Eagles fans,
    What part of “he was going to be cut if there were no suitors” remains ambiguous? Would you have kept Asante and said goodbye to Shady? They were mutually exclusive.

  45. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 25, 2012 3:33 PM

    All you SHMEAGLE fans out there get to see why you all over-value the players on your team. A sixth round pick! HA HA HA HA HA HA. Asomougha is going to be exposed this year.

  46. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    FYI shmeagle stands for small minded eagle fans who still live in their parent’s basements.

  47. drew05 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    Samuel is terrible…

    He WON’T tackle…that’s worse than can’t…

    He can’t cover either…all he does well is free-lance and jump routes he’s not supposed to…usually coming off his guy.

    He had 2 INT’s last season…that’s 2 more picks than tackles made.

    His attitude torward his job, and the new Eagles defensive coaching staff, played a very large role in the Eagles having a nightmarish (dream) season.

    Want a good laugh Atlanta? Go back and watch what Asante does when your own Michael Turner is headed his way….or Marshawn Lynch…or Frank Gore…or, really any quality NFL player.

    The dudes a joke…if we get a cheese sandwich for him…it was a steal.

  48. drew05 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:41 PM

    Addition by subtraction baby!

    Get his poison “leadership” out of my locker room!

    Go Eagles!

  49. NoDecaf says: Apr 25, 2012 3:50 PM

    tonyromoisterrible says:
    Apr 25, 2012 3:33 PM
    All you SHMEAGLE fans out there get to see why you all over-value the players on your team. A sixth round pick! HA HA HA HA HA HA. Asomougha is going to be exposed this year.

    1 0
    tonyromoisterrible says:
    Apr 25, 2012 3:37 PM
    FYI shmeagle stands for small minded eagle fans who still live in their parent’s basements.

    —————————————————
    Adding an addendum to ensure we “get it?” You are truly too stupid to insult.

  50. pjcostello says: Apr 25, 2012 3:55 PM

    jbl429 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 2:27 PM
    …and counting Dunta Robinson, the Falcons have THREE good veteran cornerbacks under contract.

    How’d that work out for the Eagles last year?”
    ——–
    My point was that the article says they have TWO good veteran cornerbacks, and they actually have THREE (which other posters have since noted, as well). Nothing more.

  51. drshakedown74 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:57 PM

    Ole!!! Asante just waived at another runner. We call him the Bull Fighter in Philly.

  52. beeronthefridge says: Apr 25, 2012 4:11 PM

    Eagles literally gave away the nfl’s best cornerback!

  53. wicky888 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:12 PM

    They could have 7 good corners, without any pass rush its not gonna matter….. and I’m a Falcon fan. Hopefully Nolan is much more creative than that porn-stache guy we had the last few years.

  54. baldeaglejohnie says: Apr 25, 2012 4:14 PM

    Joe Banner is the original cap master and he still runs the money side of the Eagles nest. so the above post is way off. I don’t think Howie does anything related to the cap without Joe pennywise Banner’s input!!!

  55. linemanguy74 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:15 PM

    Trade for a QB

  56. jdrautz303 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Apr 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    “———————————

    The world doesnt act according to your logic. Or lack, thereof.

    No team in the AFC has even shown interest in Asante other than Denver, and Asante would not redo his current contract to play there.

    Dont spout off about things that you are ignorant of. It makes you look even dumber than you actually are, which is terrible for you.”

    Really? Tennessee was actively seeking Asante a few weeks ago and reportedly offering a 3rd round pick.

    Yes, there are different machinations that go into a trade but to suggest that no AFC teams have shown interest other than Denver is wrong.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/18257888/eagles-actively-shopping-samuel

    You may now return to making out with your Howie Roseman Fathead.

  57. bdawkins2 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:32 PM

    tonyromoisterrible says:
    Apr 25, 2012 3:37 PM
    FYI shmeagle stands for small minded eagle fans who still live in their parent’s basements.

    —————————————————-

    If you have to make a follow up post to explain it, it wasn’t witty enough to say in the 1st place.

  58. realdealsteel says: Apr 25, 2012 4:45 PM

    It’s the Falcons division to lose. Saints have been nudered so I don’t want to hear any excuses if the Falcons don’t win that division.

  59. doe22us says: Apr 25, 2012 4:52 PM

    Dunta Robinson should be scared straight.

  60. obamablowz says: Apr 25, 2012 4:52 PM

    One thing about the Eagles…When they let you go…IT’S OVER

  61. bleedgreen33 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:53 PM

    teedraper : you are a moron. If you think for one second that our superbowl hopes were lying on the shoulders of Asante Samuel, you are sadly mistaken. And if you have any desire to be taken seriously, learn how to speak and spell correctly.

    And outsyder: you are also mistaken – do your homework. Samuel will see nothing from the Philadelphia Eagles.

  62. bleedgreen33 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:58 PM

    Oh yeah, and tonyromoisterrible: Although I love your handle name, you need to do your homework as well…it was a 7th round pick.

  63. drshakedown74 says: Apr 25, 2012 5:03 PM

    Philly got rid of Sheldon Brown, Eric Allen, and Bobby Taylor, Lito Sheppard and Dawkins ALL at the right time………I think the staff know what they are doing.

  64. phillyforlife says: Apr 25, 2012 5:08 PM

    Wow you Falcons fans are funny I mean really funny.Why would you put down Philly fans for saying thanks and good luck to the man? He did not fit the defensive scheme any more and was a liability, and also you are from Atlanta ranks 3rd over all in most dangerous city. Philly not even in the top 25. So if you say Philly is scum look at your selves and realize Atlanta is a cesspool. Also Asante Samuel gets a lot of ints but gets beat more for it. Remember just because he was good in his prime does not mean he is good any more. And also look at the Eagles record for letting go of players none of them have done anything worth while with there new team and that’s a fact look it up.

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