Falcons release Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas

The Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, the team announced on Wednesday.

Samuel spent the past two seasons with the Falcons and came up with six interceptions and 20 pass deflections. He was a key contributor to the team that reached the 2012 NFC Championship game.

Nicholas had been with the Falcons for the past seven seasons after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL draft. He had 397 total tackles, 10 tackles, two interceptions and five forced fumbles during his tenure.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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