(John Amis / AP)

Samuel agreed to restructure his contract (three years, $18.5 million) as part of the deal.

The deal was first reported by the NFL Network, the terms of the deal by ESPN.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Samuel’s departure has been long in the making, with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the roster.

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.”

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