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Asante Samuel | Defensive Back | #22

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/6/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
College: UCF
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 4 (120) / NE
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The Jets reached out to free agent CB Asante Samuel after Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle's injuries, but are "unlikely to sign him."
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Jets are trying to "bargain shop," but Samuel wasn't having it. Samuel must be quite willing to retire because he hasn't had any other known nibbles since the Falcons cut him last February. He would be a candidate to start Week 1 in the injury-riddled Jets secondary. Sun, Aug 10, 2014 07:45:00 PM

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ESPN Boston doesn't envision the Patriots being interested in a reunion with free agent CB Asante Samuel.

The Patriots are focused on re-signing Aqib Talib. However, if he gets away, New England is going to need a starting outside corner to play opposite Alfonzo Dennard. Samuel isn't expected to be on the list of potential options. He recently turned 33, and his best days are long gone. Samuel will likely have to settle for a one-year deal with little to no guaranteed money.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Feb 9, 2014 09:50:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer considers the Panthers "unlikely" to sign free agent CB Asante Samuel.

The fit makes sense at surface level because Panthers DC Sean McDermott coached Samuel in Philly, and Carolina is arguably the NFL's most corner-needy team. Samuel turned 33 in January, however, and GM Dave Gettleman is likely aiming higher. Beat writer Joe Person believes Samuel would be "an emergency fallback option at best" if Carolina can't re-sign CB Captain Munnerlyn.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 09:53:00 PM

Falcons released CB Asante Samuel.

The writing was on the wall for this one. Samuel turned 33 last month and was relegated to backup duties at the end of the season so the Falcons could get looks at youngsters CBs Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant. The move clears over $4 million in 2014 cap space. Samuel is a four-time Pro Bowler, but his best days are obviously behind him. Pro Football Focus graded Samuel out as its No. 57 corner out of 110 qualifiers in 2013. Rotoworld ranks Samuel 15th among free agent cornerbacks, behind Terrell Thomas and DeAngelo Hall.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 02:46:00 PM

Falcons LCB Asante Samuel is due $5.25 million in 2014 salary and bonuses.

He's scheduled to be on the books for a $3.5 million base salary, $750,000 roster bonus next fall, and $1 million in per-game roster bonuses. Although Samuel remained a largely effective cover man when healthy in 2013, the 33-year-old was often injured and lost his starting left corner job to rookie Robert Alford late in the season. We'd be shocked if the Falcons kept Samuel.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Falcons CB Asante Samuel said he doesn't know if he'll be back with the team in 2014.

"We'll see how it goes," Samuel said. "I don't know." Samuel will turn 33 next month and carries a $5.125 million cap number in 2014, the final year of his contract. Rookie Robert Alford is expected to get the majority of the snaps at left corner opposite Desmond Trufant over the final three weeks for the 3-10 Falcons, who are in full-blown evaluation mode. Pro Football Focus has graded Samuel out as its No. 58 cover corner out of 111 qualifiers this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Falcons CB Asante Samuel (thigh) is expected to play in Monday night's Week 5 game against the Jets.

Samuel has only appeared in one game this season due to a lingering thigh injury. He practiced on a limited basis Saturday for the second consecutive day and remains on track to return this week.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 01:23:00 PM

Falcons CB Asante Samuel (thigh) is inactive for Sunday night's Week 4 game against the Patriots.

Samuel suffered a setback with his thigh injury last week and isn't healthy enough to return. Also inactive for the Falcons are RB Steven Jackson, SS Kemal Ishmael, LB Jamar Chaney, LT Ryan Schraeder, OL Harland Gunn, and DT Travian Robertson. Roddy White and LT Sam Baker are active, as expected.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 07:15:00 PM

A source tells FOX Sports that Asante Samuel merely "tweaked" his troublesome thigh in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Per reporter Mike Garafolo, Samuel left in the first quarter as a precaution. It suggests he could be ready for a potential Week 3 showdown with Mike Wallace. We'll know more when the Falcons resume practice Wednesday.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Falcons LCB Asante Samuel aggravated his thigh injury in the first quarter of Sunday's Week 2 game against the Rams and is questionable to return.

Samuel missed the opener with the thigh injury. The Falcons will rely on rookies Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, along with Robert McClain.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 01:42:00 PM

Falcons LCB Asante Samuel (thigh) is inactive for Week 1 against the Saints.

It's a huge loss for the Falcons in a likely shootout in New Orleans, and makes Drew Brees that much stronger of a play. The Falcons will go with Robert McClain in Samuel's absence. It will be just his sixth career start. Also inactive for the Falcons are RB Josh Vaughan, S Kemal Ishmael, OT Jeremy Trueblood, OG Harland Gunn, DT Travian Robertson and DE Stansly Maponga. As previously reported, Roddy White (ankle) is active.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 11:32:00 AM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports Falcons LCB Asante Samuel (thigh) is expected to play Sunday against the Saints, though that's "not certain."

Samuel was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. If unable to play, the Falcons would be left with rookies Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant teamed up with slot corner Robert McClain. This is shaping up as a matchup to exploit for Drew Brees and all of the Saints' pass catchers.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Falcons LCB Asante Samuel's 2013 base salary has increased from $3 million to $3.2 million after triggering an escalator in his contract.

Samuel has money available in his contract based on interceptions and Pro Bowl selections. The 32-year-old picked off five passes in his first season in Atlanta after coming over via trade from the Eagles. Samuel, Dunta Robinson, and Robert McClain form a solid trio of corners for the Falcons to build around.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 09:06:00 PM

Falcons LCB Asante Samuel (shoulder, probable) returned to a full practice Friday.

Samuel has essentially missed Atlanta's last two games, but he'll be in the starting lineup against the Giants. The Falcons, however, may be without SS William Moore, who didn't practice all week and is listed as questionable.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 07:25:00 PM

Falcons CB Asante Samuel (shoulder) was a non-participant in practice this week and is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Samuel lasted just three snaps and was unable to lift his arm over his head after leaving last week's game. The Falcons are expected to be "very cautious" in determining his status. William Moore (hip) is also questionable after missing practice this week and is a game-time decision.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 08:38:00 PM

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