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Asante gets $14.5 million over three years, with escalators

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In Philly, cornerback Asante Samuel was scheduled to earn over $20 million for the next two seasons.  In Atlanta, he’ll earn slightly less.

Initially reported as having a value of $18.5 million over three years, a league source tells PFT that the base value of Samuel’s new contract is $14.5 million over three, with escalators that could push the number to $18.5 million.

The full details of the escalator package aren’t known, but the source says it includes factors like leading the league in interceptions and making it to the Pro Bowl.

The real question is whether the deal meshes with what Samuel would have gotten on the open market, since the reality is that the Eagles weren’t going to keep him at more than $10 million in 2012.  And he likely wasn’t going to accept a pay cut if it meant being the third wheel to Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

So now he can be . . . the third wheel to Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.

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29 Responses to “Asante gets $14.5 million over three years, with escalators”
  1. greymares says: Apr 26, 2012 8:36 AM

    putting in escalators for interceptions is a poor idea, most of Samuels faults revolve around he plays an individual game. to pay him for int. plays right into his philosophy of me first, then we help the team by being a playmaker. thats not playing a team game.

  2. cappa662 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:40 AM

    Why didn’t the Bears make a play for him? A 7th round pick? How many 7th round picks pan out?

  3. ajknox88 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:50 AM

    “So now he can be . . . the third wheel to Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes”

    Good point, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me if Asante really wanted to make an impact on a team.

  4. otistaylor89 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:55 AM

    Wow, that’s a lot of money for a guy who’s probably on the back 9.

    Actually, after he’s gotten that money, he probably on the clubhouse deck putting down rum and cokes with the boys.

  5. Hammerjacker says: Apr 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    What is with this idea that Robinson is a better corner(even at this age)than Samuel? I personally find that comical.

  6. oldbyrd says: Apr 26, 2012 9:19 AM

    I am not a Falcons fan but, hats off to them. That deal for Asante was criminal. Eagles got a 7th round pick for him, are you kidding me? Just to show the depth of this deal. Last year in the 4th round The Eagles took Casey Matthews. They also have or had two other 7th round picks at linebacker. So in their infinate wisdom The Eagles went to war with The Pep Boys, and, we all know how that worked out for them. Good luck Asante. In my opinion you were worth a solid 4th. Now Reid can draft another 5′-9″ linebacker with that 7th pick.

  7. erniecohen says: Apr 26, 2012 9:23 AM

    OMG, this just gets more and more ridiculous. A lot of teams would have given more than that, I think.

    I’m pretty sure he’s going to start in Atlanta.

  8. jacobslatter says: Apr 26, 2012 9:35 AM

    He may be…a starter come game day and a great insurance policy due to an injury to Grimesey or Robinson. The Falcons needed a veteran and voila! they didn’t need to wait for one to get cut in June or wait til the end of summer. Worth a 7th round pick and the $$$.

  9. blakspartan says: Apr 26, 2012 9:36 AM

    And in other news

  10. tx526 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:36 AM

    Dunte shouldn’t even be on the team. Extremely overrated! Asante should have enough left in the tank to make good on this contract.

  11. trollhammer20 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:40 AM

    Wow, an escalator? Did he get one for his car, too? Mitt Romney would love that…

  12. kane337 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:44 AM

    Nice clear picture there.

  13. chc4 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    Wow that’s a steal for ATL. Considering how mediocre Nnamdi was and bad DRC was in ’11, this may blow up in Philly’s face.

  14. kegrun says: Apr 26, 2012 9:51 AM

    Brent Grimes
    Asante Samuel
    Daunte Robinson
    Akeem Dent
    Sean Weatherspoon
    Stephen Nicholas

    Read the first letters from top to bottom and that’s what Falcons Cornerbacks and linebackers are.

  15. starderup says: Apr 26, 2012 9:55 AM

    Robinson should be the third wheel. He has amassed two monster hits and 3 interceptions in the 2 years he has been with Atlanta. Brent Grimes has 6 in the same period.

  16. reallaquain says: Apr 26, 2012 9:56 AM

    Wow, there is no way he’s the third best corner on that Eagles team. But buyer beware when it comes to the Eagles… just ask Arizona, or the Redskins.

  17. mvpolamalu says: Apr 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    He wont be the third wheel to grimes and robinson… Hes better than both

  18. vegaskid21 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:12 AM

    Dude must have a HUGE house if he needs escalators in it.

    Sorry I couldn’t help myself. Even I would give a thumbs down on that one.

  19. jjestes32 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:15 AM

    He will start over Robinson…Robsinson will be the 3rd CB in Nolan’s defense. And from what I’ve read, Nolan’s 3rd CB in the nickel defense is typically a safety. Last I checked, Robinson hits like a safety! This has me ready for some football!

  20. blazian81 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    That’s crazy he rather be the third wheel in atl than with a team he’s familiar with smh

  21. beckzhere says: Apr 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    Samuel will beat out Dunta for the starting spot opposite GrimeTime.

  22. pxeeks says: Apr 26, 2012 10:34 AM

    He’s a ‘ME’ guy. Not a ‘TEAM’ guy. I’d rather him then DRC though. DRC has no oomph.

  23. mrguygadbois says: Apr 26, 2012 10:38 AM

    Athletes should pass on escalators and take the stairs- better way to keep in shape.

  24. tblitz25 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:50 AM

    He immediately becomes there # 1 CB.

    His resume is better than the combination of all the CB’s on the Falcons roster.

  25. Soulman45 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:54 AM

    He took a small cut still to mush for a has been, but what ever the market say.

  26. delsj says: Apr 26, 2012 12:53 PM

    This was a no win for the Eagles. Asante would not restructure his contract in Philly and there is no way he’s still worth $10M. Yeah, the trade looks bad but they would have cut him anyway, so who cares, as long as the Eagles use the cap space to lock down Shady.

    I would have preferred the Eagles continue to dangle him through the weekend for a better offer though. We’ll never know if someone may have given more during or after the draft. If not, the Eagles could have taken a 2013 7th rounder or cut him outright and been no worse for wear.

    Caveat emptor, Atlanta fans. Isn’t it odd that such a great player was so willing to take a huge paycut with no word yet of any guaranteed $?

  27. urworstnitemare58 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    The way its looking there will be no incentives for Pro Bowls since they are on the way out. I’m wondering what the players will do that have this already in place in their contracts? Any ideas?

  28. drew05 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:29 PM

    Asante and his general disdain for his job, playing defense, is the main culprit in the Eagles defensive woes last season.

    He’s afraid of contact…you guys from Atlanta, go back watch the game vs. the Eagles last season…Asante made 1 play in that game, a nice INT…he killed the Eagles in the 2nd half…watch the 4th quarter run by Turner that pretty well sealed the deal…

    Asante was running away…not setting the edge in accordance to his job….but literally running away…

    Then, just for fun go watch the Eagles vs. 49ers…or the Eagle vs. Giants…or the vs. Seahawks…or Bears…or Cowboys…or…

    Well…I think you get the point. (they ALL attacked Asante)

    Goodbye Asante….2 years too late.

    Go Eagles!

  29. phillyphan72 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    3rd wheel???He’s now the best corner on the Falcons.

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