Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sources: Falcons on verge of trade for Samuel


The Atlanta Falcons are on the verge of acquiring Philadelphia Eagles Pro-Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel for a late-round pick, league sources have told Adam Schefter of  ESPN.

A deal is likely to be completed as early as Thursday and before the NFL draft, sources say.

Samuel, 31, is a four-time Pro Bowl pick. He would give new Falcons new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan a strong trio at cornerback with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes, who Tuesday signed his franchise tag tender.

Grimes will make $10.262 million this season.

Samuel's contract calls for him to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013, meaning he might be asked to rework the deal to help the trade fit under the Falcons' salary cap.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was New England's director of scouting when the Patriots selected Samuel in the fourth round in 2003. Samuel set a career high with 10 interceptions for the Patriots in 2006.

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