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Falcons release Asante Samuel and Stephen Nicholas

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FLOWERY BRANCH, GA (CBS46) -

The Atlanta Falcons released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel Wednesday.

Nicholas played in 101 games with the Falcons in seven seasons with 397 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and 12 passes defended, according to a news release by the Falcons.

Nicholas was drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round (109th pick) of the 2007 draft.

Samuel was with the Falcons for two seasons with 70 tackles, six interceptions and 20 passes defended.

Samuel was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (120th pick) of the 2003 draft.

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