Atlanta cut Asante Samuel today, modestly weakening an already poor
defense. The 33 year old corner had 1 INT/3 defensed passes/1 forced
fumble in 11 games.
Samuel may be an interesting roleplayer. Still allright in coverage,
he's not a good tackler and at this point in his career, he might be
better off the bench. Carolina, unlike most teams, plays the run well
enough that they don't have to worry as much about that, but Ron Rivera
still seems to prefer guys who tackle in base defense.
Samuel was an Eagle with coach Sean McDermott from 2008-10 (he left in
'11, a year after McDermott), so there's a familiarity with what the
team would want.
It probably won't happen, and even if it did it would be weeks from
now, but I'd be in favor of it. A $4 million savings for Atlanta, at
this point Samuel would likely be $2 million or less.