Asante Samuel thanked Philadelphia via Twitter following his trade to the Falcons. Here is what Samuel had to say and how others weighed in:
Samuel on Twitter: "Thank you Philly you've been wonderful, I've had some very exciting moments as an Eagle. #Luv. Falcon Nation it is showtime. Pick 6 is on the job."
Samuel to Atlanta reporters: “I’m happy to be a Falcon. The city is embracing me well and I’m excited. I know the Falcons already have an excellent team, excellent coaches and schemes, talent and all that good stuff. I’m just sort of added to the bunch to get to one common goal.”
More from Samuel: “I wish Philly nothing but the best. I love the organization and Eagles Nation. I know it was sad to see me go. I know everybody can’t figure why this is happening and why it is going this way, but this is business.”
On his willingness to restructure his contract: “I wanted to be a Falcon, so we made it work."
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff: “We are pleased to be able to add a player of Asante’s caliber to our roster,” “Asante has established himself as a very productive player during his career. He is a proven player in this league and we feel that this move upgrades the talent of our roster and improves our football team.”
Falcons head coach Mike Smith: “We just improved our team today. Asante Samuel is a good football player and you can never have enough good players on your team. Our game has become more of a passing game, and you have to have the players who can neutralize how offenses are trying to attack you.”
Alonzo L. Shavers, Samuel's agent, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "This is a situation where we are trying to get a team that is missing a component. We bring a component to the game and that’s turnovers. We bring turnovers. That’s what we do. That’s how we’ve always made our money. That’s how he will make his money as long as he plays. You guys had a component that was missing. Turnovers. I believe you went out and got a missing component and I believe we found somewhere for us to play. It’s a win-win for everybody."
Eagles coach Andy Reid: “We wish Asante Samuel all the best as he heads into the next chapter of his career in Atlanta. He has been a very productive member of the Eagles for the past four years and we appreciate all that he has done for our organization. We obviously feel good about our cornerback situation moving forward with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as our starters. Those two played very well together in the latter part of the season and we anticipate that will continue as we head into the 2012 season.”
Andrew Brandt: "Asante Samuel was scheduled to make almost $10M; traded for a player that will make a bonus of $50,000 and minimum salary."
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