Truly a ballhawk: a constant threat to pick off errant passes. Anticipates plays extremely well and has the speed and athleticism to play a pure cover game.
Not a top run defender and will miss tackles in the short range if he tries to chase them down. Can get out-muscled by bigger receivers and miss the tackle.
Pro Bowl cornerback.
Career Honors & Awards
2004 (XXXIX - New England), 2003 (XXXVIll - New England)
Named to play in Pro Bowl
2010 (did not play - injured), 2009, 2008, 2007
Movements & Injuries
Released by the Atlanta Falcons.
Acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fined $40,000 by the NFL.
Hamstring, physically unable to perform.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles to a six-year contract.
Re-signed by the New England Patriots to a one-year contract.
Signed by the New England Patriots to a four-year contract.
Philadelphia Eagles traded Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2012 seventh-round draft pick.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Drafted by the New England Patriots in the 4th round (120th overall) in 2003.
Patriots not expected to sign Asante Samuel | 02/09/2014 9:50 AM
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, andy is best days are long gone. Samuel will likely have to settle for a one-year deal with little to no guaranteed money.
Panthers not expected to pursue CB Samuel | 02/05/2014 9:53 PM
The Charlotte Observer considers the Panthers "unlikely" to sign free agent CB Asante Samuel.
The fit makes some 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.
Falcons cut 4-time Pro Bowl CB Asante Samuel | 02/05/2014 2:46 PM
Falcons released CB Asante Samuel.
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The writing was on the wall for this one. Samuel turned 33 years old last month and had been 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.
Asante Samuel owed $5.25 million in 2014 | 12/31/2013 11:08 AM
Falcons LCB Asante Samuel is due $5.25 million in 2014 salary and bonuses.
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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.
Samuel doesn't know if he'll be back in 2014 | 12/11/2013 2:23 PM
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.
Asante Samuel expected to return this week | 10/05/2013 1:23 PM
Falcons CB Asante Samuel (thigh) is expected to play in Monday night's Week 5 game against the Jets.
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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.
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.
Asante Samuel left as a precaution | 09/16/2013 10:57 AM
A source tells FOX Sports that Asante Samuel merely "tweaked" his troublesome thigh in Sunday's win over the Rams.
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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.
Asante Samuel leaves with thigh injury | 09/15/2013 1:42 PM
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.
Falcons declare CB Asante Samuel inactive | 09/08/2013 11:32 AM
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.
Falcons could be without Asante Samuel? | 09/08/2013 10:08 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."
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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.
Asante Samuel gets slight salary bump for '13 | 01/30/2013 10:06 PM
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.