We are just a day away from the beginning of the NFL Draft. For many, it's like a holiday, one where you get to open presents and just get excited about what is to come.
For some, it is anything but. The recent story going on with the Saints is a big one and may prove just as costly as the Bountygate scandal. But as we wait for that to play out, which commish Roger Goodell said would could expect in the coming days, today's big story goes to the Atlanta Falcons.
Here is the official release by NFL.com:
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade cornerback Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
As part of the trade, Samuel and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year, $18.5 million deal.
It's not yet known what the Falcons will send the Eagles in return for the nine-year veteran.
Samuel had to rework the final two years of his existing contract -- which were not guaranteed in the first place -- before the deal could be agreed upon. Samuel was set to make $21.5 million over the next two seasons, and he would count for more than $8 million against the salary cap.
The Falcons emerged as one of the team's interested in Samuel on Tuesday, a league source told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, and quarterback Matt Ryan spoke glowingly of the cornerback.
"As far as Asante Samuel, I can only speak for having played against him a number of times and I know that's he's been extremely difficult to play against and has done a great job against us when we've played him in the past," Ryan said.
Samuel, 31, had three interceptions for the Eagles last season. He has made four Pro Bowls in his nine-year career, and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2007.
Now, this is a deal that I like for Atlanta, though Samuel hasn't been the same as of late. There was no need for him in the NFC East after the Eagles made a bunch of moves to bring in some CBs, he was worth getting rid of. My guess is a fifth round pick for the former Patriots star.