The Atlanta Falcons have released CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas today to clear up some room under the salary cap. Samuel started 10 games for the Falcons in 2013 and finished the season with an interception and 30 tackles.
Samuel was acquired from a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was due to make $3.5 million in 2014 and he was in the final year of his contract.
Nicholas was a 4th round draft pick in 2007 and was due to make $3 million in the 2014 season.
Samuel signed a big contract with the Eagles in 2008 and will instantly become a free agent. He will be able to sign on with a team immediately.
Samuel will likely get one more shot next season to be a starter. Teams are desperate for corner help and could use a veteran in their secondary. If he is unable to secure a job in the offseason, he will likely go down the road of retirement. The market for a 33 year old corner might dry up in the offseason.