Samuel agreed to restructure his contract (three years, $18.5 million) as part of the deal.
And it follows his trade-deadline criticism of Eagles’ management. “It’s a business and they run it like a business and they’re going to do what they need to do,” Samuel said then. “They’re playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing.”
The move was one that quarterback Matt Ryan had supported, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently: “As far as Asante Samuel is concerned, I can only speak from having played against him a number of times, and I know that he’s been extremely difficult to play against.”