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Asante Samuel

Asante Samuel - #22 - CB

Status Active
Height/Weight 5' 10"/ 185 lbs.
Birthday 01/06/1981
Birthplace Fort Lauderdale, FL
College UCF
Years played 11
Drafted 2003, 4th round, 23rd pick by Patriots

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What was, and what may be …

Posted Jan. 12, 2011 @ 3:32 p.m. ET
Tom Danyluk offers his unique insight into each of the four divisional-round playoff games for this coming weekend.

Packers-Falcons matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Jan. 12, 2011 @ 2:11 p.m. ET
PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the second of five key matchups this week in advance of the Packers’ divisional playoff game against No. 1 seed Atlanta at the Georgia Dome Saturday evening.

Unassuming Mike Smith has Falcons soaring

Posted Jan. 12, 2011 @ 9:26 a.m. ET
Mike Smith has gone from a little-known NFL assistant to the leader of one of the league's more consistent winners with a steady, upbeat and humble approach.

Packers-Falcons matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Jan. 11, 2011 @ 5:18 p.m. ET
PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the first of five key matchups this week in advance of the Packers’ divisional playoff game against No. 1 seed Atlanta at the Georgia Dome Saturday evening.

Mularkey postpones interview with Broncos

Posted Jan. 06, 2011 @ 2:03 p.m. ET
If the Broncos want Mike Mularkey as their head coach, they are going to have to wait until the Falcons are eliminated from the playoffs.

Smith says Ryan, Bryant Falcons’ most valuable players

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 7:54 p.m. ET
After finishing 13-3 and clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, head coach Mike Smith was not short on good options to choose from when PFW asked him who he considered to be the team's MVP of ...

Falcons playoff primer

Posted Jan. 04, 2011 @ 9:55 p.m. ET
PFW examines the Falcons as they prepare for the playoffs, identifying the keys to the offense and the defense, a player to watch, and what they have to do to win the Super Bowl.

Broncos, Browns to interview Falcons OC Mularkey

Posted Jan. 04, 2011 @ 3:23 p.m. ET
The Broncos and Browns will interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey this week for their vacant head-coaching positions.

Falcons clinch No. 1 seed in NFC

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 4:36 p.m. ET
Eric Weems had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown and the Falcons put a decisive stamp on the NFC South title and home-field advantage in the playoffs by beating Carolina 31-10 on Sunday.

Chiefs continue worst-to-first trend

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 11:39 a.m. ET
Since 2002, the NFL has produced at least one team every season that has gone from fourth place one year to first the following year, with Kansas City being the latest example this season.

DT Babineaux an underappreciated force for Falcons

Posted Dec. 30, 2010 @ 9:15 p.m. ET
Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux is on pace to finish with fewer sacks and tackles than he did in 2009, but a longtime team observer said the sixth-year veteran is having his best season yet by far.

Falcons dominate NFC Pro Bowl squad

Posted Dec. 28, 2010 @ 7:57 p.m. ET
Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the NFC squad, just one year after serving as a backup QB in Philadelphia and two years after being in prison. Although Vick beat out Matt Ryan, who will back up Vick in ...

Falcons’ goals still within reach after loss to Saints

Posted Dec. 28, 2010 @ 10:27 a.m. ET
While the Falcons suffered a tough loss at home Monday night to the division-rival Saints, they shouldn't allow their confidence to be shaken much.

Brees shakes off INTs; Saints edge Falcons

Posted Dec. 27, 2010 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
Drew Brees shook off two fourth-quarter interceptions, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 3:24 remaining that gave New Orleans a 17-14 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and clinched a return to the playoffs for the defending ...

Postseason success next hurdle for Falcons' Ryan

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 12:58 a.m. ET
Matt Ryan has gone from being counted among a small group of promising, young signalcallers still trying to find their way to the much-improved leader of one of the league's best teams.

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Posted Nov. 30, 2012
Samuel was active and started for the Falcons on Sunday against Carolina after being listed as questionable.||||||| Samuel aggravated a right shoulder injury against the Saints last week.
Posted Nov. 18, 2012
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and Samuel have returned to practice in a limited role on Friday for the Atlanta Falcons.||||||| Samuel is nursing a sore shoulder. He and Jerry were injured in last week's home win over Arizona.
Posted Oct. 15, 2012
Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes and Matt Bryant connected on a 55-yard field goal with 1 second remaining, allowing the Falcons to escape with a sloppy 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.||||||| Including the postseason, Samuel leads the NFL with 45 INTs since 2006.
Posted Sept. 06, 2012
Samuel says he doesn't care if he starts at cornerback Sunday against Kansas City.||||||| With the Falcons, the label of being a starting cornerback is somewhat less relevant. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is likely to use more schemes with three cornerbacks and two linebackers than he deploys in the base 4-3 scheme.
Posted April 25, 2012
A person familiar with the deal says the Falcons have acquired four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the deal has not been announced.||||||| The trade was made after Samuel agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Atlanta. His current contract with Philadelphia calls for him to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.

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