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                    === Falcons release Samuel, Nicholas ===
 
 Flowery  Branch,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Atlanta  Falcons  announced
 Wednesday  the release  of  cornerback Asante  Samuel  and linebacker  Stephen
 Nicholas.
 
 Samuel  spent  two seasons  in Atlanta  and compiled  six interceptions and 63
 tackles through 26 games with 25 starts.
 
 The  four-time  Pro-Bowler (2007-10)  was traded  to the  Falcons in 2012 from
 the  Philadelphia Eagles for a seventh-round pick and signed a three-year deal
 worth $18.5 million.
 
 The   33-year-old   played  11  seasons   between  the  New  England  Patriots
 (2003-07),   Eagles  (2008-11)   and  Falcons.  He  has  393  tackles  and  51
 interceptions in 157 games.
 
 Nicholas was taken by the Falcons in the 2007 draft and spent all seven of his
 pro  seasons  in Atlanta. Nicholas recorded  284 tackles, eight sacks and five
 forced fumbles in 51 starts through 101 games.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/05 15:31:53 ET