Report: Atlanta Falcons Cut Cornerback Asante Samuel
Per FoxSports1 Senior NFL reporter, Alex Marvez, the Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback Asante Samuel.
The move does not come as a surprise as the Falcons will only receive a $750K “dead money” hit against their cap for releasing him, while freeing up $4.5 million without his salary. Samuel was expected to be a cornerstone in the team’s secondary when they signed him in 2012, but he was not able to play up to his billing. In two seasons with the Falcons, he totaled 70 tackles (62 solo), six interceptions and 20 passes defensed
Linebacker Stephen Nicholas was also cut; the move top cut Nicholas incurs a $2 million cap hit but frees up an additional $2 million. He was originally drafted by in the fourth round by the Falcons in 2007 and spent seven seasons with the team. In 101 games, he started 51 of them and had 397 total tackles (284 solo) with 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed.