UPDATED: Asante Samuel to Atlanta for a late round pick. Deal is 3 yr. for $18.5 million dollars.
Eagles coach Andy Reid just issued a statement in regards to the trade.
“We wish Asante Samuel all the best as he heads into the next chapter of his career in Atlanta. He has been a very productive member of the Eagles for the past four years and we appreciate all that he has done for our organization. We obviously feel good about our cornerback situation moving forward with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as our starters. Those two played very well together in the latter part of the season and we anticipate that will continue as we head into the 2012 season.”
The Eagles are going to get a seventh round pick from the Falcons as he has now agreed to restructure his current deal so that he can play in Atlanta.
Per Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the deal is for three years that will set the Falcons back $18.5 million dollars. The contract must be back-loaded as the Falcons don’t have even two million to spare in 2012.
The Falcons are beyond happy with the idea.
“As far as Asante Samuel, I can only speak for having played against him a number of times and I know that’s he’s been extremely difficult to play against and has done a great job against us when we’ve played him in the past,” quarterback Matt Ryan said.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said he is “a player who would improve anyone’s defense.”
It should also be noted that Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was a part of the Patriots front office when Samuel was a part of the New England squad.
Falcons fans you have the annual big “splash” that you have been waiting for.
We will keep you updated.