Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (22) warms up before the game against the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons release Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas


Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (22) warms up before the game against the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons have kicked off their offseason by releasing two veteran players. The most notable player get cut from Atlanta is cornerback Asante Samuel, who turned 33 years old in January.

With his age and the team’s preference to go with younger cornerbacks Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant, it comes as no surprise that the team has cut Samuel loose.

Linebacker Stephen Nicholas also received his walking papers from the team. From Alex Marvez of FOX Sports:

By releasing Samuel and Nicholas, the Falcons save $7.5 million in cash and $6.5 million in cap space in 2014.

Samuel will likely get another look, but he is not expected to make a big impact wherever he catches on with his best ball behind him.

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