The Atlanta Falcons have released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel.
Nicholas played seven seasons with the Falcons after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played in 101 games, 51, logging 397 total tackles with 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and 12 passes, according to the Falcons.
Samuel was with the team for two seasons, garnering 70 tackles, six intersections and 20 passes. The 33-year-old told NBC News that he hopes to play "two or three" more seasons. The Falcons save $4.5 million in salary cap room by cutting Samuel.
The cuts were announced by the team on Wednesday.