Falcons add CB Samuel from Eagles

The Atlanta Falcons have acquired cornerback Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles for a seventh-round draft pick and signed the veteran to a new contract.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Samuel has agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $18.5 million.

"We are pleased to be able to add a player of Asante's caliber to our roster," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "Asante has established himself as a very productive player during his career. He is a proven player in this league and we feel that this move upgrades the talent of our roster and improves our football team."

A four-time Pro Bowl selection during his nine-year career with Philadelphia and New England, Samuel has 45 career interceptions and 367 tackles.

Samuel spent his first five seasons with New England and was a member of two Super Bowl winners in his first two years with the Patriots, then signed with the Eagles as a free agent prior to the 2008 campaign.

"We just improved our team today," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "Asante Samuel is a good football player and you can never have enough good players on your team. Our game has become more of a passing game, and you have to have the players who can neutralize how offenses are trying to attack you."