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Falcons release Samuel, Nicholas

<p>The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday the release of cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas.</p>

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.

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