Scott Pioli was Patriots vice president of player personnel when the team drafted Asante Samuel out of Central Florida in 2003. Eleven years later, Samuel has been let go by a Falcons front office that employs Pioli as its assistant general manager.
The Falcons announced on Wednesday that they have released the cornerback, a move that will clear over $4 million in cap space for 2014.
Samuel, 33, was limited to 11 games this season thanks to a lingering thigh injury. He eventually became one of Atlanta's backup corners as the team played its way out of playoff contention and tried to get a look at younger defensive backs like Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant.
The four-time Pro Bowler who played five seasons with the Patriots picked off six passes and deflected 20 others in his two years with the Falcons. Samuel was set to make $5.25 million in 2014 salary and bonuses.