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Asante Samuel Traded To Atlanta Falcons For 2012 7th-Round Draft Pick

The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they had acquired Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel for a draft pick from this year's draft, according to the Falcons official site.

The Falcons story said Atlanta traded an undisclosed draft pick, but the Eagles official Twitter account said it was a seventh-round pick.

Earlier, it was reported that Samuel had agreed to a restructured contract, which seemed to make the trade all but official. Now it is official. From the story on the Falcons' team site:

"We are pleased to be able to add a player of Asante's caliber to our roster," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "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.

Since 2006, Asante Samuel has a league-leading 38 interceptions. He started all 14 games he appeared in last season, but his sizable contract has had him on the trading block for a long time. As mentioned above, the Eagles now have 10 picks in this year's draft, which begins tomorrow.

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