Atlanta Falcons to Pull Trigger on Asante Samuel Trade
The 2012 draft may have just become a little simpler for the Atlanta Falcons, as the much anticipated trade for Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel is expected to be finalized today. Atlanta is reportedly only giving a late round draft pick to the Eagles for the nine-year veteran, and the move gives a big lift to a secondary that had been under heavy criticism the past four seasons under head coach Mike Smith.
Reportedly the deal will not add any additional years to Samuel’s contract, but will require some restructuring of the money he is due over the next two seasons.
Samuel is a four-time Pro Bowl pick, and has 45 career interceptions in nine seasons with the Patriots and the Eagles. Last season, his three interceptions in 14 games was his lowest since 2005, however he is still considered one of the top corners in the league. The addition of Samuel will give Falcons first-year defensive coordinator Mike Nolan three strong options at cornerback with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.
When asked about Samuel, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said he has been a tough defensive opponent.
“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,” Ryan said.
Improving Atlanta’s secondary was thought to be one of the top priorities in this years draft. The addition of Samuel will allow the Falcons to focus on other needs such as offensive and defensive line. Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said that Samuel is “a player who would improve anyone’s defense.”
15 NFL Rookies Guaranteed to Ride the Pine in 2015
As the 2015 NFL season draws near, some big-name rookies may need to get used to the sidelines. Here are 15 rookies who will ride the bench in 2015. Read More
Three questions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense needs to answer
While I’d love say that they’ll be competing for a playoff spot one year after drafting Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick, I can’t. I hope they will, and I think they have a chance, but that’s a big jump, no matter how you splice it. We need some answers first. So, with that said, here are the three biggest questions the Buccaneers need to answer on offense: Read More
The three most overpaid players on the New York Jets roster
Sitting around and watching all these NBA players signing these giant contracts gets me thinking about how many teams will be regretting the money they’re handing out today in a few years. It’s inevitable. Teams overpay athletes all the time, and it’s no different for the New York Jets. Here are the three most overpaid players on the Jets roster: Read More
Three bold predictions for the Atlanta Falcons
We are still weeks away from the start of training camp, and let’s be honest, there’s not much news. Everybody says that the NFL is a year-round sport, but if there ever was a hibernation period, this is it. So, you know what that means, right? Insanely bold predictions!! Here are three bold predictions for the 2015 Atlanta Falcons: Read More
WATCH: The three best runs of Cam Newton’s career
I know we call Cam Newton "Superman" and he's known as one of the league's most athletic quarterbacks ever, but I tell you, man, even I can forget just how special this dude is. I mean, it's getting to the point where he's become such a productive passer -- an actual passer -- that all the rushing stuff becomes the icing on the cake. But, boy, is this guy good. Check out the three most insane rushes of Cam Newton's career: Read More
Report: Redskins’ refusal to change name may cost future stadium
The Washington Redskins name will cause another controversy that could affect the team's future. Read More
Report: New York Giants ticket prices hitting bad trend
The New York Giants ticket prices have hit a bad trend Read More