Samuel restructured his contract and agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Atlanta. He was scheduled to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013 with the Eagles.
He was put on the trade block last summer when the Eagles signed free agent Nnamdi Asomugha and traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. But the Eagles couldn’t find a suitable offer, and Samuel stayed with the team for the 2011 season.
He was actually the most consistent of the three cornerbacks, collecting three interceptions and allowing a 52.4 passer rating in 2011, the fifth best mark in the National Football League.
He has 52 interceptions in his career, which includes 7 in the postseason. He won a Super Bowl ring with the 2003 and 2004 Patriots, and helped the 2007 Patriots finish the regular season undefeated.
He will provide veteran leadership to an Atlanta team that has lost its first playoff game in each of the past two seasons.