Samuel Reuinited With Former Pats Exec
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Posted Apr 25, 2012


Former Patriots DB Asante Samuel gets to play for the guy who scouted him in college.

Falcons acquire Samuel from Eagles
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   --The Falcons acquired Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles for a seventh-round pick in this year's draft.

   Samuel restructured his contract as part of the trade, agreeing to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with Atlanta. His contract with the Eagles would've paid him $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.

   "Asante has established himself as a very productive player during his career. He is a proven player in this league and we feel that this move upgrades the talent of our roster and improves our football team," said general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a press release.

   The 31 year old is a four-time Pro Bowler. He gives new Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan a strong trio at cornerback with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes. Samuel became expendable when the Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha and acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last July. Philadelphia couldn't find a suitable deal then for Samuel, so they kept him and moved Rodgers-Cromartie to the nickel spot.

   "We just improved our team today," said Falcons coach Mike Smith. "Asante Samuel is a good football player and you can never have enough good players on your team. Our game has become more of a passing game, and you have to have the players who can neutralize how offenses are trying to attack you."

   The Eagles reportedly came close to trading Samuel to the Lions in October and other deals with the Broncos and Titans this offseason never neared completion.

   Atlanta hasn't received a good return from the signing of Robinson, who turned 30 earlier this month and has just three interceptions over the past three seasons. By comparison, Samuel has 19 interceptions since 2009, tops in the NFL.

   The Falcons other top cornerback is Grimes, who signed his one-year frachise tender Tuesday and went to the Pro Bowl in 2010.

   Dimitroff was heavily involved in scouting Samuel coming out of Central Florida, when Dimitroff was college scouting director of the Patriots.

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