Asante Samuel's long goodbye to Philly is over.
After Samuel agreed to restructure his contract with a three-year, $18.5 million deal, he was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Atlanta Falcons for a seventh-round draft pick. “I wanted to be a Falcon, so we made it work,” Samuel said.
The Eagles had been shopping Samuel since last season and finally got the job done, to Samuel’s relief.
“I’m happy to be a Falcon,” he said. “The city is embracing me well. The Falcons have an excellent team, coaches, schemes and talent.”
The trade means that the Falcons have five picks — none in the first round — in the NFL Draft that starts tonight. Samuel joins cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes, with the Falcons hiring Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator.
“I’m getting [new Twitter followers] every second of the minute,” Samuel told the Associated Press. “It’s fun. Everybody is excited and pumped up. It feels like I’m a missing link, so we’ll see how this thing goes.”