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Falcons dump Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas

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Last week, Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff said that the team would soon start making moves.

The moves have started.

The Falcons have dumped cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas.  The team announced the moves on Wednesday.

Samuel, acquired via trade from the Eagles in 2012, was due to earn a base salary of $3.5 million in 2014, the final year of his contract.  A fourth-round pick in 2007, Nicholas was scheduled to earn a base salary of $3 million in 2014.

The departure of Samuel, who originally was drafted by the Patriots when new Falcons assistant G.M. Scott Pioli served as V.P. of player personnel, means that in the last year the team has parted ways with three top cornerbacks — Samuel, Dunta Robinson, and Brent Grimes.

Samuel, who signed a big-money deal with the Eagles in 2008, instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent.  Ditto for Nicholas and any other player with four or more years of service who is released at any time between now and the trade deadline.

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38 Responses to “Falcons dump Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas”
  1. realfootballfan says: Feb 5, 2014 2:55 PM

    It’s a good thing these players have contracts. Oh, wait.

  2. notrelated says: Feb 5, 2014 2:57 PM


  3. hartcarluncarlun says: Feb 5, 2014 2:59 PM

    Good…a quick 6.5 mill in cap space. There will be more to come!!

  4. realnflmaster says: Feb 5, 2014 2:59 PM

    The don’t call him “Assante” for nothin!

  5. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 5, 2014 3:00 PM

    my team is going to claim Stephen Nicholas off waivers

  6. thevikesarebest says: Feb 5, 2014 3:01 PM

    The vikings cornerbacks>your cornerbacks

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2014 3:02 PM


  8. tmcb7 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:02 PM

    as a falcons fan, these are just the first of several moves that need to be made to improve a poor defense. Samuel was good for the D in 2012, but not this past season and only a $750k dead money hit for this year. Nicholas was over paid when he signed a 5 year deal in 2011 (a common practice with several current Falcons). But his dead money is reasonable at $2 million this year and $1 million next year.
    Neither performed anywhere near what they were paid this past season… time to go.

  9. randymossblewit says: Feb 5, 2014 3:06 PM

    Come home

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:10 PM

    When Asante Samuel played for my Eagles, it was downright frustrating to watch how inconsistent and overrated he was. Samuel, more so than any other pro football player I’ve seen, has such a loose grip on the fundamentals of the game. He doesn’t wrap up ballcarriers, and he gambles way too much on passing plays. Samuel has always been good at coming up with interceptions, but outside of those few big time plays he gets beat on a very consistent basis. I’d rather employ a cornerback who gets less INTs and shows up 100% of the time.

    It’s a shame the Eagles took chances on pricey guys like Samuel and Asomugha only to find out that they were not even remotely worth the money they were commanding. Gimme a young guy that’s ready to prove himself over these pampered veterans that are softer than soft.

  11. richndc says: Feb 5, 2014 3:14 PM

    Please Jerry, NO!!! Don’t do it. I always thought this guy was more interested in other things than playing football–getting paid, building his brand, running his mouth, etc. No! Jerry! No!

  12. siggtacular says: Feb 5, 2014 3:18 PM

    Raiders will sign

  13. patsfan92 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:23 PM

    come on home to Foxboro Asante

  14. keepongronking says: Feb 5, 2014 3:25 PM


  15. jpcardon says: Feb 5, 2014 3:25 PM

    nothing bad for a seventh rounder, just received a lot of publicity for playing in a superbowl

  16. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 5, 2014 3:27 PM

    Most players would love to play against the Vikings twice a year – the easiest 2 wins anybody could ask for. Kind of like a team’s 2nd and 3rd bye.

  17. deathonwings410 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:29 PM

    Asante Samuel is getting older, I think he should switch to safety. He would make an above average safety with his excellent zone coverage and ball skills.

  18. 8oneanddones says: Feb 5, 2014 3:29 PM

    Please don’t come back to New England.

  19. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 5, 2014 3:32 PM

    on 2nd thought, yeah, Do it Jerry and STEPHEN, the successor to Jerry!! how does that sound Girls fans!?!??!??!

  20. whiteknightblackheart says: Feb 5, 2014 3:45 PM

    This guy singlehandedly won a Super Bowl for the NY Giants. They should sign him out of thanks.

  21. lnfinite says: Feb 5, 2014 3:50 PM

    TIme to retire……

  22. mrgroovesd says: Feb 5, 2014 3:59 PM

    I bet you he goes back to NE.

  23. descendency says: Feb 5, 2014 4:06 PM

    For a guy so dedicated to picking balls off, he managed to drop the easiest interception of his life – one that would have won a Super Bowl and capped a perfect season.

    Patriots fans do not want him back.

  24. ez4u2sa says: Feb 5, 2014 4:10 PM

    Asante cares about the money and nothing else. His skills are significantly diminished. I’d say he’s done.

  25. keltictim says: Feb 5, 2014 4:11 PM

    He ran his mouth to get out of NE. ThTs the kiss of death ensuring he will never be back.

  26. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 5, 2014 4:18 PM

    neither of these guys makes a tackle.

    That’s the basic problem of the Falcons D….they are willing to bump a shoulder into the offensive player, but they do not wrap up and take people down. Waaay too many yards after initial contact given up. Its a bend but don’t break D, but the problem is it bends, and bends, and bends until stopped by a score.

  27. patshalifax says: Feb 5, 2014 4:39 PM

    As a Pats fan, his name makes me feel sick! He had the interception to seal the game and go 19-0 in his hands and dropped it! I’m still not over it.

  28. travelingwillies says: Feb 5, 2014 4:39 PM

    Nicholas can tackle. Thats his biggest strength. but thats all he can do. awful in coverage

  29. travelingwillies says: Feb 5, 2014 4:43 PM

    Asante did drop the INT that could have won the game but Brady and that record breaking offense only scored FOURTEEN points and laughed at the idea he would be held to seventeen points. Oh and Rodney should have knocked it out of Tyree hand. A lot of blame to go around

  30. ariani1985 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    Come to turd bay, we play clown music at our practices!

  31. eastcoastgambler says: Feb 5, 2014 4:55 PM

    I saw former Patriots linebacker Don Davis, who also is a pastor, speak at a men’s conference. It was the spring after the first Superbowl loss to the Giants, and he had just retired from football. Listening to his sermon, it was clear who not only he, but many of his teammates blamed for that loss. Samuel had a monster year interception wise, and would end up parlaying those numbers into a huge contract with Philly. Unfortunately for the Patriots, he let an easy pick go right through his hands, blowing the chance to seal a perfect 19-0 record and what would have been the greatest achievement in the history of the NFL. Davis’ sermon theme that day; When the opportunity comes up, “You’ve got to catch the ball”.

  32. c9zz says: Feb 5, 2014 4:56 PM

    Assante dropped an easy game clinching interception in a Patriot S/B that N.E. will never forgive him for.

  33. chargerdillon says: Feb 5, 2014 5:42 PM

    Both guys would be upgrades on the Chargers roster

  34. gammynomnom says: Feb 5, 2014 7:35 PM

    John Abraham thinks these guys have a bright future.

  35. slick50ks says: Feb 5, 2014 7:58 PM

    Making room to bring in Matt Cassel.

    Pioli has his love affairs.

  36. vikes89allday says: Feb 6, 2014 2:54 AM

    Asante will go back to New England and call it quits

  37. slammincamnewton says: Feb 6, 2014 6:42 AM

    He’s better than any DB on Carolina’s roster.

  38. revren10 says: Feb 7, 2014 12:51 AM

    Ruin with patriots maybe

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