ALONZO L. SHAVERS
ON HOW ASANTE FEELS ABOUT THE DEAL: He’s ecstatic. This is the place he’s always admired.
ABOUT WHAT TIME DID YOU GET THE DEAL DONE: Between 1 and 2 p.m.
ON HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT RESTRUCTURING HIS CONTRACT: When you have two parties that want to get something done and we both have a mutual respect for what it is you are dealing with, it’s not difficult at all. In this particular situation, this was something that made a lot of sense for all parties involved. As opposed to being difficult, it was just tedious to make it fit within the (salary cap) so that everybody could be happy. (It was a three-year deal, wouth $18.5 million.)
ON THE KEY TO THE DEAL: What was important for us was that he become a Falcon. From that standpoint, it was about as extensive as it gets. Nick Polk did an excellent job in working with us and getting this done. We were able to come up with something that they can live with and we can live with. That was the gist of it.
ON IF SAMUEL WILL PLAY RIGHT OR LEFT CORNER: You are getting into asking questions that are out of my expertise. That’s a coaching and Atlanta question to ask them as things kind of materialize. . . This is a situation where we are trying to get a team that is missing a component. We bring a component to the game and that’s turnovers. We bring turnovers. That’s what we do. That’s how we’ve always made our money. That’s how he will make his money as long as he plays. You guys had a component that was missing. Turnovers. I believe you went out and got a missing component and I believe we found somewhere for us to play. It’s a win-win for everybody.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog