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Asante Samuel Trade Announced: Falcons Send Draft Pick To Eagles

Update: Wow!

The Atlanta Falcons announced they've completed a trade to send an undisclosed pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Asante Samuel. It was reported earlier in the day that Samuel has agreed on a three-year, $22 million restructuring of his deal.

While we don't know the pick just yet, his last reported price tag was either a fifth or a sixth rounder, based on what the Denver Broncos were believed to be offering. The Eagles have been looking to ship Samuel for a while now, as he commands a high salary and doesn't fit their particular scheme.

In Atlanta, he'll mesh somehow with established starter Brent Grimes and bookend Dunta Robinson. In a statement, coach Mike Smith welcomed Samuel to Atlanta.

"We just improved our team today," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "Asante Samuel is a good football player and you can never have enough good players on your team. Our game has become more of a passing game, and you have to have the players who can neutralize how offenses are trying to attack you."

For more on the parties involved, visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation.