Asante Samuel was willing to restructure his contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons.
“I wanted to be a Falcon, so we made it work,” Samuel said.
The Falcons gave up a seventh-round draft pick Wednesday when they acquired the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback from the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Falcons announced the trade after Samuel agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5 million deal. His contract with Philadelphia called for him to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.
PACKERS CUT COLLINS
The Packers released Nick Collins, citing concerns about the three-time Pro Bowl safety’s ability to safely continue his career after a significant neck injury.
Collins hurt his neck while trying to make a tackle in the Packers’ Sept. 18 victory at Carolina, an injury that ended his season and required surgery. Agent Alan Herman said Collins has not decided whether he will attempt to play for another team.
‘MEGATRON’ ON COVER
“Megatron” is a mega hit with Madden fans.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, nicknamed “Megatron,” was selected to appear on the cover of Madden NFL ’13, the popular video game, in a vote by fans.
Johnson beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton by garnering 52 percent of the more than 651,000 votes.
“Man, it’s great,” a smiling Johnson said. “Just to see yourself on this Madden (cover) and seeing all the guys that have been on Madden? C’mon, man.”
JETS DUO BOOED
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes attended the Knicks game and sat together courtside but were booed loudly by the Madison Square Garden crowd Wednesday.
The boos started when they were shown on the Garden’s JumboTron during the first quarter.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie was sitting next to Sanchez and Holmes but was introduced separately.
All three Jets declined comment at halftime.
The large banner of Peyton Manning has been removed from Lucas Oil Stadium. The team said the timing had nothing to do with today’s draft. The Colts are expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. … Running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway and center John Sullivan helped a franchise lobbying team of nine as the Vikings talked to state lawmakers who will vote on public financing for a new football stadium. … The Rams denied reports that star running back Steven Jackson is unhappy with his contract, which has two years remaining and will pay him about $7 million in 2012. The Rams also said they’re not looking to trade the former Oregon State star. … Kicker Mike Nugent signed his one-year tender offer as the Bengals’ franchise player. … Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster was convicted of sex-related charges involving the teenage daughter of a former assistant coach for the team. … Veteran free agent kicker Neil Rackers signed with the Redskins.