Q&A: Alonzo L. Shavers, Asante Samuel’s agent

ALONZO L. SHAVERS

Infinite Sports Concepts

Columbus, Ohio

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

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35 comments Add your comment

Whadda Know?

April 25th, 2012
5:21 pm

Turnovers…yeah we need another ball hawk.

don

April 25th, 2012
5:22 pm

Love this move!

cippi

April 25th, 2012
5:35 pm

he can only play left corner. no right corner, no nickel and no moving around during against the other teams’ best WR. he is a great zone corner, will be a ball hawk once it’s in the air but do NOT ask him to play much man and he is a below average tackler. you will love the INT’s.

BigDawg

April 25th, 2012
5:37 pm

Add Brandon Boykin to replace Weems and provide more depth and versatility!

Mike

April 25th, 2012
5:45 pm

Yep and also go after Osi Umenyiora with everything we got. (2) 3rd round picks for Osi and Giants (4)?

Paddy

April 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

Big Dawg………I hope the Falcons do get Boykin. He can be a difference maker.

vesaversa

April 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

Yea! Great deal Falcons i can’t wait until football season start now.

WC_FalconsFan_WC Sacramento,Ca

April 25th, 2012
6:12 pm

Thanks Dled! I have been waiting for some information on how A.Samuel feels about coming here. Now what do we do about grimes and the 10 mil. that he is due?Should we try to trade him or pull the tag?

ueeediot

April 25th, 2012
6:14 pm

Thats a great value for the #55 pick overall. Couldnt have done better with that pick.
Now, who is the odd man out?
What about the 1st rounder you spent on Dominick Franks a couple years ago? ANOTHER busted 1st round pick?

Bob Jacob

April 25th, 2012
6:19 pm

Interesting schedule match up for Falcons vs Saints I have not read about—Saints have optional opponents of SF and Green Bay both away and we get Detroit and Arizona. That is one big schedule advantage for the birds

BamaGuy

April 25th, 2012
6:28 pm

Thanks for trying to get that position info for me DLed. 7th rounder. Wow. Can we have another. Ha ha

stizz

April 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

I see the morons are out. Franks was not a 1st round pick and far from it.

He should be the guy getting return duties now.

jack prahl

April 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

Great move for falcons.It will aid our defensive line.What are we giving up?..a 5th,6th,or 7th?

BamaGuy

April 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

ueeediot
April 25th, 2012
6:14 pm

Thats a great value for the #55 pick overall. Couldnt have done better with that pick.
Now, who is the odd man out?
What about the 1st rounder you spent on Dominick Franks a couple years ago? ANOTHER busted 1st round.

Your no Falcon fan and to be honest you do not know football either
1. We still have our 55 pick
2. Franks was not a 1st rounder
3. We still have Franks
4. et back into your Star Wars Costume and run along.

BamaGuy

April 25th, 2012
6:40 pm

We got this guy for basically our compensatory pick? 7th round? unbelievable how some things just fall right. This had everything to do with Asante wanting to be a Falcon. He did not have to restructure unless he chose to do it. He wanted us and Eagles wanted to just get something. They got it. Just Something

Nique

April 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

So Samuels & Grimes are not man cover/bump & run guys, but Robinson is, so that makes Robinson our NB where he can actually play bump & run while the other 2 play more of a zone scheme right? I love the move, this, even though it feel into TD’s lap to a certain extent, is his best move of his tenure, outside of any draft picks yet!!! If we can get 2 productive players from the draft, 1 OL & 1 D-Lineman, we are back in the real conversation of SB contenders with this deal! I know some won’t agree & i understand y, but i really thing this is a huge difference maker! He’s a big game guy, his play increases with the height of the game & i feel as if Spoon & Abe were the only two players on our roster who I could consistently say that about before today & niether of those players have ever won anything. Samuel brings championship experience to a team that desperately needed it!

ohhhhYEAH

April 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

Nique

I dont know if youve seen any Falcons games over the past two years….but Grimes is the BEST man cover corner on the team. Also, Robinson was a very good cover corner in Houston when we traded for him. Why everyone thinks he hasnt played well in ATL is because he got stuck in Van Gorders sorry excuse for a zone defense. They are both very good in one on one coverage. This move to get Samuel was HUGE for us. Im looking for big things from this defense this year.

My Thoughts

April 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

The Osi trade sounds good if possible Again AS for the 229th pick !!!! Isn’t rape a crime !!!!!!!!!

FSUBrave

April 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

SUPER BOWL!!!

lanier

April 25th, 2012
7:20 pm

Grimes can go back to Slipperyrock or wherever he came from

My Thoughts

April 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

What is you can get a 2nd and 4th for Grimes (maybe add a 5th for his wife) and make the Osi trade ?

MGibby

April 25th, 2012
7:31 pm

80% of the people loving this trade were cursing Dimitrof’s name when he didn’t pursue Super Mario. This high value way of thinking is what is keeping us from being the roller coaster of a team we were the previous decades lol.

Firsttimer

April 25th, 2012
7:50 pm

This is a move that I coveted last year when I heard that Asante wanted out of Philly, but, at that time the price tag was too high. Now, Philly had to practically give him to us because he wanted out of there. Then, to hear that he wants to be here to the point of working within our salary cap issues says he is not about the dollar. This guy is going to be a playmaker…bring on Brees, Rodgers, Manning and the gang. Not to mention that we have a first rate NFL Def. Coordinator who can put all this talent into an awesome package. However, it is comical how some bloggers try to rain on the parade no matter how good the news…right Samuel L Jackson?

[...] Alonzo L. Shavers, Samuel’s agent, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “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 prefabricated 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.” [...]

Gumbo

April 25th, 2012
8:05 pm

With all those “we’s” and “us”s, I am trying to figure out how many turnovers Mr. Shaver has in the NFL? Don’t remember the name (’cept for a boxer, of course). Great pickup!

hbcuclassics

April 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

HBCU Overall Rankings (1-64)

Rank Name Ht/Wt Pos School Career Notes

1. Ryan Davis 6’3, 245 DE Bethune AP/FCS All-American,
2011 MEAC DPOY, 2x All-MEAC, 2010 MEAC Champ, 24.5 sacks,
47 TFL, 112 solo

2. Adrian Hamilton 6’3, 250 DE Prairie View AP/FCS All-American,
2011 SWAC DPOY, All-SWAC, 25.5 sacks, 34 TFL, 74 solo,
led NCAA in sacks, Walter Payton Watch List

3. Christian Thompson 6’2, 220 SS SC State All-MEAC, 2010 MEAC Champ,
3INT, 10PD, 86solo, 7.5TFL, 4.5/40, “Top Performer” – NFL Combine

4. Mario Louis 6’1, 190 WR Grambling AP/FCS All-American, All-SWAC,
2011 SWAC Champ, 67 rec., 1,413 yds., 19 TD, 22ypc., 94ypg

5. Dominique Ellis 6’0, 185 CB SC State FCS All-American, 2x All-MEAC,
2009/2010 MEAC Champ, 102 solo, 7.5 TFL, 4 INT, 10PD, 1TD, 4.4/40

6. Donavan Robinson 6’2, 230 LB Jackson St 2x All-SWAC, 102 solo, 56.5 TFL,
26 sacks, 10 PD, 8 FF

7. Reggie Sandilands 6’1, 230 LB Bethune 2x All-MEAC, 2010 MEAC Champ,
109 solo, 34 TFL, 4 INT, 6 sacks, 5PD, 1FF, 1TD

8. Ryan Lewis 6’3, 225 LB Bethune 2x All-MEAC, 2010 MEAC Champ, 91 solo,
31.5 TFL, 10 INT, 6.5 sacks, 7PD, 8 FF, 2 TD

9. Sanford Banks 6’5, 300 OL Grambling 2x All-SWAC, 2011 SWAC Champ

10. Micah Pellerin 6’0, 196 DB Hampton All-MEAC, 80 solo, 36 PD, 7 INT

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

Chub Rock

April 25th, 2012
8:56 pm

Brandon Boykin? Are you serious? How many corners do you want us to carry? Signing Pick_6 means you don’t have to draft a corner people. WOW

Gumbo- FYI an agent is a paid representative of the player therefore you get the “us” and “we”. Don’t act like agents don’t talk this way OK.

Osi is the type of pain in the behind we don’t need in Atlanta plus he wants a new contract. No thank you. I swear some of you are like kids at Xmas. You get the best toys money can buy and an hour later you’re playing with the box it came in. They had to restructure the contract just to get Samuels signed so use some common sense here and you’ll conclude the well is drying up and you still have draft picks to sign and possibly Abrayou Franklin. We can’t afford one of every toy in the store kids.

Chub Rock

April 25th, 2012
9:06 pm

The KR/PR specialist will be Dominique Franks. Boykin is a corner last I checked so I could see a pick like WR Devon Wylie in the 6th or 7th RD as a replacement for WR Weems. Boykin will go in the 2nd RD so no way you can justify taking a corner in the 2nd with the guys we have now. O-line and D-line will be the focus IMO.

Rick Rise Up

April 25th, 2012
9:40 pm

Your right on the money with everything chub. The .O Line should be the concern along with replacement for 88. The problem is the draft insnt deep with o linemen this year ….

Nique

April 25th, 2012
9:42 pm

ohhhhYEAH

I watch every game & Grimes while a strong cover corner, is not a bump & run man corner which is what i said if you read my post I’m not sure if you didn’t take the time to actually read what was written before responding, but it clearly says Grimes & Samuel are not man/rumb & run corners & Robinson is. & as for Robinson, a cb doesn’t just loose those type of skills, it was clearly a scheme thing, one which I’m sure Nolan will fix being the Defensive specialist that he is! Samuel was a huge get!!! No doubt about it!

Chub Rock

April 25th, 2012
10:19 pm

Rick Rise Up- Your right about the talent level of O-linemen. The more film I watch of the guys near #55 the more I dislike. I think TD will be aggressive if someone happens to fall in that 42-45 range if it’s a player that fits a need. The fact that they kicked the tires on NT Abrayou Franklin says a lot. They also have looked at an awful lot of O-linemen in the draft and free agency. As far as TE maybe they wait till next year but James Hanna is an interesting late rd prospect to me….4.4 forty guy at 6′4 255lb. He will need some coach up but could be a diamond. You can’t teach speed.

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April 26th, 2012
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Vivek Bara

April 26th, 2012
1:06 am

Asante Samuel brilliant run as a Falcon http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3370627

Judy

April 26th, 2012
12:13 pm

This is great news. I was hoping they would get him. This team should be a lot better even though we did not get an offensive line in free agency. RISE UP GO FALCONS. I AM READY FOR FOOTBALL

shesoleo

April 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

I am ready also, now all we need to do is shore up the lines especially the OL, they need to get players that will help keep MR upright and not running for his LIFE, if we can get that squared away we will be a team to be reckoned with. Not Only in the NFC, but the entire NFL imo. RISE UP ATL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET.