Asante Samuel to Falcons: Eagles Trade Veteran CB to Atlanta

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Asante Samuel to Falcons: Eagles Trade Veteran CB to Atlanta
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The Philadelphia Eagles have been desperate to move cornerback Asante Samuel for the best deal possible before the 2012 NFL draft, and it appears another flock of birds are coming to their rescue.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 25 at 5:04 PM ET

The Philadelphia Eagles have officially traded veteran CB Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

"The Atlanta Falcons acquired Philadelphia Eagles Pro-Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel on Wednesday for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft," according to ESPN.

It was first reported Jeff Skvesrky of WPVI-TV 6ABC in Philadelphia earlier this morning that the Atlanta Falcons  were trading for the four-time Pro Bowler:

Adam Schefter, Jason La Canfora and Jeff McLane all noted that the deal was nearing its conclusion as well.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 25 -- 1:30 PM ET

McLane got the scoop on Samuel's deal, and it looks like this:

He's also reported the deal is complete at this time and will update with compensation when it is known.

Clark Judge of NBC 10 in Philadelphia is reporting that the deal will be become official at 4 PM ET today:

The Eagles are likely to seek some cornerback depth in the draft in mid-to-late rounds.

The 31-year-old cornerback became expendable last year when the Eagles shocked the NFL with a mega-deal for cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on the heels of trading Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie.

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Samuel has maintained all along that he wants to remain in Philly, but the Eagles know the price is dropping on a player who has actually led the league in interceptions in two of the last three years.

According to La Canfora, the Falcons are working on restructuring the final two years of Samuel's contract, which is worth roughly $20 million, and McLane says it is likely going to be a sixth-round pick flying back to Philadelphia in exchange for the cornerback's services.

Samuel would be leaving one crowded secondary for another, as Atlanta already has a good chunk of change tied up in Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.

We'll update more as this story unfolds throughout the day.

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