Asante Samuel Traded from Philadelphia Eagles to Atlanta Falcons for Draft Pick

Paul AblesContributor IIIApril 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his interception return for a touchdown with teammates Kurt Coleman #42  and Brian Rolle #59 during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, cornerback Asante Samuel was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Atlanta Falcons for a late round draft pick. Upon completion of the deal, Samuel agreed to a new three-year contract with Atlanta for three years and $18.5 million.

The former Pro Bowl cornerback starred for Philadelphia until last season, when the Eagles hauled in a prized free agency class including cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Those acquisitions made Samuel expendable, and the Eagles had been looking to deal him all offseason.

He now joins Atlanta and forms yet another strong cornerback trio, lining up along with star cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.

Samuel had only three interceptions last season, his lowest output since the 2005 season. However, he is known as a ball hawk and has caught 45 interceptions during his nine-year career.