Pro Bowl Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel will be traded at some point soon to the Atlanta Falcons, likely for a later draft pick, according to multiple reports. The news has been bubbling since earlier in the week, but at one point had looked to some like a ploy to get fellow corner Brent Grimes to sign his franchise tag. Apparently not.
The Falcons are on the verge of acquiring Eagles Pro-Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel for a late-round pick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2012
Samuel's new deal would not add additional years to his contract but will alter his remaining salaries. He's excited for deal to be done— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 25, 2012
Samuel was part of a star trio in Philly, with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so his inclusion into a Falcons secondary that already features two starting corners in Grimes and Dunta Robinson might not be that much of a disruption. A three-time All-Pro during his time with the Patriots and Eagles, Samuel could provide the type of playoff experience the Falcons entered the offseason declaring they were looking for.