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Asante Samuel: “I wanted to be a Falcon”

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Asante Samuel’s move from the Eagles to the Falcons was in some respects more like a free-agent signing than a trade. Yes, the Eagles got a seventh-round draft pick in the deal, but what really needed to happen to get the deal completed was for Samuel and the Falcons to agree on a contract. Samuel said that wasn’t too hard, however, because Atlanta wants to play.

It was not a big deal for me at all,” Samuel said of restructuring his contract. “That’s more something for my agent. He could talk to you about it. He did the deal. We just went over the numbers. I wanted to be a Falcon and they made it work.”

Samuel agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Falcons. He had two years and $21.5 million left on his old contract with the Eagles. So he’s taking a pay cut for the privilege of playing in Atlanta. But the reality is the Eagles would have released him before paying the season if they hadn’t been able to trade him, so he never would have earned the remaining $21.5 million salary on his Eagles contract anyway.

So Samuel is satisfied with the money he’ll make in Atlanta, and confident in what kind of team the Falcons will have.

“I know the Falcons already have an excellent team, excellent coaches, schemes and talent. I’m just going to add to the bunch to try to get the one common goal. You know what I mean,” Samuel said. “I’m sure I’ll make a big impact.”

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  1. baconholybacon says: Apr 26, 2012 8:11 AM

    If by “making a big impact” he means not tackling, then yes, he certainly will.

  2. beckzhere says: Apr 26, 2012 8:12 AM

    This tightens up one of the Falcons weaker areas. Having Dunta Robinson in the slot, Samuels on the left and Optimus Grimes on the right should make this a stout unit. Throw in William Moore on the back end and our DB’s should finally be able to hold their own.

    I love this pick up, especially what we gave up for him. It’s the equivolent of NFL robbery.
    Welcome to Atlanta Asante, now lets win a playoff game for a change.

  3. spellingcopfather says: Apr 26, 2012 8:12 AM

    So i see him being a Raven next, i guess its a Bird thing!!!

  4. philsbirdsflyers says: Apr 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    He’ll be missed, but the move was inevitable. The loss won’t hurt nearly as much once this new-found $$$ is used to sign McCoy to a long-term deal. G’luck to Asante..

  5. kevsright says: Apr 26, 2012 8:17 AM

    The Eagles brought him to Philly to improve their defense, which Asante did..
    New scheme, time for him to go elsewhere.
    Hope he does well in Atlanta, unless it’s vs. the Eagles!

  6. gpete1962 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:17 AM

    Well, Isn’t that convenient !!

  7. dirtierwater says: Apr 26, 2012 8:20 AM

    Asante Samuel: “SHOW ME THE MONEY”

  8. cash804 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:23 AM

    I wouldn’t want to defend RGIII either…HTTR!!!

  9. Peter Venkman says: Apr 26, 2012 8:24 AM

    Haven’t seen Samuel play much recently, but he must like giving cheap shots if he wants to play for Atlanta.

  10. bleed4philly says: Apr 26, 2012 8:26 AM

    So this year in the playoffs, the falcons will lose their first game 14-2 instead. Yeah. Good luck with that. Can’t wait til djax beats you deep when you come back to Philly.

  11. hashsview says: Apr 26, 2012 8:26 AM

    Well pretty sure the Eagles wanted you to be a Falcon also, just look what they gave up……

  12. twodat says: Apr 26, 2012 8:29 AM

    Dat’s wonderful! Serve really good Matty Melts in GA

  13. n0hopeleft says: Apr 26, 2012 8:29 AM

    You went from one post-season choke artist to the next. Have fun with that.

  14. wawa33 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:30 AM

    Asante Samuel: “I can’t wait to take advantage of good-natured silent movie star Arthur Blank like Michael Vick did here.”

  15. donkeynurse says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 AM

    I’m glad he gave Drew Bress an explanation

  16. infectorman says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 AM

    not sure their any closer than the eagles, but hey, from one bird to another…

  17. kayakattack says: Apr 26, 2012 8:36 AM

    I have a lot of respect for Samuel after this thing. He handled the whole situation really well, he never bashed the team even though you could tell he wanted to. He didn’t hold out, and his didn’t decline (other than him getting older) .. The Eagles front office does not handle these situations well. Player after player gets screwed by the Eagles, and nobody ever calls out Roseman, Lurie or Reid. No accountability in Philly. That’s why they don’t win. The trade needed to happen, but the Eagles still need to be recognized for their awful mishandling of personnel, especially veterans (Dawkins, Akers, etc.) The only guy they were ever loyal to was McNabb and we all saw how that turned out.

  18. stevemcguigan says: Apr 26, 2012 8:38 AM

    Best of luck to him. Not all trades and free agent departures have to be acrimonious. He was a great player for the Eagles for a number of years and now he has moved on. I hope he pulls down ten picks in 2012, as long as none of them are thrown by Michael Vick.

  19. gnorules says: Apr 26, 2012 8:46 AM

    As an Eagles fan I’m upset to see Asante go. He was very productive. Thanks for the big plays over the last few years and best of luck in Atlanta.

  20. biggerballz says: Apr 26, 2012 8:49 AM

    now for the love of god please don’t be conservative in the playoffs coach

  21. cowboyhater says: Apr 26, 2012 8:51 AM

    Must be nice to get paid that type of money as nickel back.

  22. paulitik74 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    We’re glad to have him. It’s not every day you can get an All-Pro CB for what amounts to pocket lint in NFL terms.

  23. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 26, 2012 8:54 AM

    The first time ” I wanted to be a Falcon” has ever been uttered.

  24. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 26, 2012 8:59 AM

    He’s not going to like when he has Cam Newton heading straight towards him.

  25. dvdman123 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:59 AM

    What else is he supposed to say….. I wanted to be a Patriot again?

  26. jmc000 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:01 AM

    Samuel’s career will always be known for dropping the INT that would have given the Patriots the perfect season.

  27. jenniferxxx says: Apr 26, 2012 9:01 AM

    Pants on fire …

  28. norcalmafia says: Apr 26, 2012 9:04 AM

    Atlanta will win the division this year….only to get knocked out of the playoffs first round again..

  29. jimbo75025 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:05 AM

    Falcons are a solid team no doubt-have most of the pieces in place. You do not look forward to meeting them on your schedule. Question is will they let their “window” close without going to that next level?

  30. We'reFineThere says: Apr 26, 2012 9:10 AM

    He also has a “Get Rich to this” tattoo in reference to a Goodie Mob song.

  31. raiderstotheship says: Apr 26, 2012 9:13 AM

    This is actually a really good deal for atl

  32. skippynj says: Apr 26, 2012 9:15 AM

    Great signing. Now look for the Falcons to double their scoring to as many as 4 pts. in the playoffs.

  33. tv426 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:19 AM

    Translation – “I wanted to be a ____”. At the blank insert any team in the NFL other than Philly, especially if that team was willing to pay him more.

  34. havok82 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    Uh huh…sure. I wish you had “wanted” to hold on to that potential pick in the SB as it would have made you a GOD and had your team remembered for all time. You brought a lot of good moments to Pats fans, but your penchant for trying to ballhawk and your refusal to really tackle wore out your welcome. Have fun in Atlanta.

  35. oldbyrd says: Apr 26, 2012 9:29 AM

    Good for Asante. The Falcons litterally stole him. By any standards Asante was worth a 4th round pick. I have to assume that’s the best the Eagles could do. But I still find it hard to believe that no one was willing to pay more for him. The good news is that with their new 7th round pick…The Eagles can draft another 5′-9″ linebacker. LOL

  36. phillyforlife says: Apr 26, 2012 9:30 AM

    Although he is a ball hawk some facts about Asanta:

    The Eagles traded Samuel to the Falcons for the 229th overall pick, apparently because a bag of hammers was way too much to ask.
    The hammers hit a lot harder than Samuel ever did.

    For each of his 23 interceptions as an Eagle, Samuel missed five tackles.

    For every pick he turned into six, he gave up 10 touchdowns.

    He had the hands of a receiver and the tackling skills of a quarterback.

    Samuel has made a career out of anticipation. Not winning battles for balls; not covering tightly and physically, risking a dislocated finger or a sprained knee.

    And the one that you count is,( Samuel said. “I’m sure I’ll make a big impact.”) that impact will not be on an opposing player.

  37. vikescry1 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:31 AM

    well after last year they definitely need some help. good signing though

  38. mojosmagic says: Apr 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    Translation. They showed me the money, honey.

  39. blakspartan says: Apr 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    21.5 to 18 million a year huh? Not to much of a payout

  40. blakspartan says: Apr 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    Paycut

  41. duncanthecat says: Apr 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    Case study on how to do everything wrong.

    When word got out that Samuels was unwilling to restructure
    The other teams smelled blood and the result was disastrous.

    What were they thinking, he made it known to all that he wanted out.

    One can argue that he is not a press cover and
    Nlonger fit the scheme, but good value he had last yr and not much changed from then to now.

    First major mistake of the 2012 Season goes to The Birds.

    For an organization that portrays itself as trade savy, this is more more than just a chink in the armor.

  42. cryptker says: Apr 26, 2012 9:36 AM

    Asante Samuel: “I wanted to be a Falcon” Sure you did….

  43. vtopa says: Apr 26, 2012 9:41 AM

    Asante Samuel Pre-Season: “I wanted to be a Falcon.”

    Asante-Samuel Post First Saints Match: “Ohhh gawddd…oh mannn….heeelllpppp. Oh Loooord. Someone get me some ointment….I’ve beeennn buuuurnnnneeedd.”

    Asante Samuel Post-Season (in front of television watching the play-offs): “I wanted to be a Patriot.”

  44. kane337 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    Welcome to Atlanta Asante. Excited to have you on our team. Go Falcons.

  45. kegrun says: Apr 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    I will never understand how players or teams get out of CONTRACTS.

  46. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 26, 2012 9:56 AM

    The Falcons are better today, should be a good year for them.

  47. starderup says: Apr 26, 2012 9:57 AM

    I like this pickup. It should take some of the pressure off our other d-backs.

  48. mjkelly77 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:58 AM

    Really? He wanted to step down from being a larger raptor, the symbol of our country, to become a falcon? I like how these guys lie right after they get a lock on the money they want.

  49. aberystwyth2 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:59 AM

    so how true were the rumors about him being shipped to Denver? Guess he wanted to be a Falcon more than a Bronco? Was willing to restructure his deal for Atlanta but not Denver? Interesting given the Manning addition in Denver.

  50. bigdan7885 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:07 AM

    I want to literally be a falcon.

  51. flybirdsfly says: Apr 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    Translation : “I wanted to get paid the most I could by any team, even if it was the Falcons”

    Good luck Asante the birds will miss your big plays but you lack of tackling was horrendous.

  52. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 26, 2012 10:27 AM

    Right, Asante.

    You wanted to be a Falcon.

    Money had nothing to do with it.

    And when you left New England – the season after you held out and later went to a Super Bowl with them – you said: “I just want to be able to win and get back to the Super Bowl.”

    How’d THAT work out for you???

    Signed,
    Patriots Fans

  53. armchairqb says: Apr 26, 2012 10:32 AM

    No one has ever “wanted to be a Falcon.” Ever.

  54. deathtoromo says: Apr 26, 2012 10:36 AM

    finally the Beagles get screwed in a trade. 7th rounder??? wow!

  55. cwmorga says: Apr 26, 2012 10:36 AM

    Seeing as how he’s 31 and coming off his worst season since becoming a full time starter, I hope he’s satisfied with the money he’ll be making in Atlanta.

  56. eaglelover1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:58 AM

    What the reporters should have asked is why he didn’t take a paycut last year to goto Detroit or why he didn’t take a paycut to stay in Philly?

  57. neilanblomi says: Apr 26, 2012 11:40 AM

    He didn’t want to take a paycut last year, and didn’t have to as he get paid his contracted salary. Maybe he was ready for a new team/pay cut now after a year of Juan Castillo as DC.

  58. crubenst says: Apr 26, 2012 11:49 AM

    Maybe we’ll have 12 players on the field that have an interest in tackling. Anything more than 9 would be an upgrade from last year. I would have GIVEN a 7th round pick to dump Samuel.

  59. bencoates57 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:00 PM

    “I wanted to be a Falcon”

    No you don’t, tool. But you did get what you deserve. You’re not going to sniff a SB with the Falcons — not that you care about that sort of thing.

  60. dogluverssuck says: Apr 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    They also have the shortest cbs in the NFL.

    Good luck in the red zone.

  61. dallasblows says: Apr 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    Asante ” I’ve always wanted to be a xxx fill in any team name here” His mistake was last years ripping the front office for “playing fantasy football” with the roster. Guess what, you are out and by the looks of things not many teams out there wanted you. His run defense ALWAYS sucked. Bad penalties cost the team during 2011 and oh yes his coverage skills declined. The Eagles may not have ever won a Superbowl but they do know when to get rid of the freight. Good luck Asante. I am sure that Rogers and Brees are licking their chops!

  62. dogluverssuck says: Apr 26, 2012 1:01 PM

    Its funny that Jim Mora Jr. took the team to the Championship Game in his 1st season has coach, the last coach to win in the playoffs, and they say they now have the best management in franchise history.

    Not the smartest kids in the class down there in Atlanta.

  63. drshakedown74 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:12 PM

    Asante will fit in perfect with Atlantans.

  64. kdub79 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    phillyforlife says:
    Apr 26, 2012 9:30 AM
    Although he is a ball hawk some facts about Asanta:

    The Eagles traded Samuel to the Falcons for the 229th overall pick, apparently because a bag of hammers was way too much to ask.
    The hammers hit a lot harder than Samuel ever did.

    For each of his 23 interceptions as an Eagle, Samuel missed five tackles.

    For every pick he turned into six, he gave up 10 touchdowns.

    He had the hands of a receiver and the tackling skills of a quarterback.

    Samuel has made a career out of anticipation. Not winning battles for balls; not covering tightly and physically, risking a dislocated finger or a sprained knee.

    And the one that you count is,( Samuel said. “I’m sure I’ll make a big impact.”) that impact will not be on an opposing player.

    ==============================

    I just read an article of philly.com that says the exact same thing, word for word. If I were you I would get on the phone with my lawyer and talk about suing them for plagiarism! Unless of course, you just copied and pasted from an article someone else wrote…

  65. thacloser86 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:12 PM

    The Eagles aren’t headed anywhere but that’s never nothing new same ole same mite make it to the NFC championship game no further. My team had rebuild and er’thing the eagle had a team and coaching staff in place but still didn’t do nothing really get the ring already you sick birds. WoW and you release a gut like McNabb to do this come on I guess the bird flu hasn’t gone away after all. lmao

  66. sprizzle2182 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:06 PM

    ppl can say what they want to about this deal but here’s the truth…sometimes it takes a new team and new season for a player to make an impact…so he didnt have the best season in Philly last year….compared to what ppl expected them to do after they went and snagged EVERY FA out there, its safe to say NO ONE on the Eagles lived up to the hype…ATL is a different team, different city and thankfully different fans…it could be the perfect storm with Samuels, Robinson and Grimes, it could end up being a bust, but if it is the latter all we gave up was a 7th round pick..i’d say the Falcons made a great investment and hopefully it pays off…everyone hating can keep on, ya we’ve lost in the playoffs(to the last 2 superbowl winners), but thats still closer than half the league’s gotten!! heres to a special season in 2012!!! RISE UP BABY!!!

  67. rojodiablo says: Apr 27, 2012 3:23 PM

    After watching Grimes consistently NOT be able to cover ANY WR that is well over six foot therefore much bigger than Grimes, especially guys like Colston who easily manhandle the young CB, this is solid news imo!! I have been waiting for the Falcons to wake up and bring in a more talented CB to play across from Robinson, (their other small CB), who like Samuels easily has more talent than Grimes, for WAY too long now! The fact that Robinson is more talented makes his smaller frame NOT as noticeable and Grimes was targeted a LOT more than Robinson over the years, since teams have figured out his issues with the bigger WR’s quite awhile ago. I can’t believe it took Smith (a defensive coach) and the organization this long to see what the smarter fans of the NFL have known for years!! Sure, Samuels is the same size as Grimes (unfortunately) but like Robinson, his superior talent should mean the same for him as it (usually) does with Robinson. I have NO problem using Grimes ONLY in nickel/dime packages, when he has more DB help on the field, or as a depth player if injuries occur! Trading him would be fine as well imo, since we surely could use an extra pick for this draft or even for the next one!! Grimes just can’t be relied upon to play man on man with the bigger WR’s, it’s as simple as that! With more superior DB help on the field in those two packages, it should actually help Grimes make some plays, like getting a lot more pass deflections or even some pick offs, where is size issues aren’t nearly as noticeable as they are when he is forced to cover a big WR all by himself!! Sure Samuels is not perfect and has issues with tackling at times but this can be worked on and hopefully fixed, the main thing is staying healthy, making more consistent plays (which HAS to be easier to do than keeping Grimes on the field), and buying the Falcons a couple of years before they HAVE to draft a younger version at CB for BOTH Robinson AND Samuels!!! It’s no secret their secondary is one of the worst in the NFL, with the MOST 35 yard pass plays in the entire league last season, but they should be able to turn that sort of stat around (big time) now that Grimes will hopefully be used MUCH LESS frequently (if at all) now that this solid move has been made! Now, we just need to add (at least) a couple more defensive guys over the weekend, some more solid help for the oline, and MAYBE a new TE for TG to groom before he retires!!

  68. sprizzle2182 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:14 AM

    i agree rojo…im a little annoyed we didnt get a TE this past weekend…we’ve gotten 2 as UDFAs the past 2 years and neither has worked out…with a quality vet like Tony G, u owe it to the team and rookies to utilize him in everyway possible off the field…he would be a great mentor to a young player if we could get one..

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