By Rob Hamilton / 92-9 The Game / CBS Sports Atlanta

The Falcons released CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas on Wednesday saving $6.5 million in salary cap and $7.5 million in cash. This makes some room for some much needed moves on the offensive line and defensive line. We’ll see how it plays out, but the first steps are being taken it appears.

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Falcons Press Release:

Flowery Branch, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel.

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Nicholas, 6-3, 236 pounds, played in 101 games with 51 starts in seven seasons with the Falcons. He logged 397 total tackles (284 solo) with 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed. Nicholas was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Samuel, 5-10, 185 pounds, spent two seasons with the Falcons and notched 70 tackles (62 solo) with six interceptions and 20 passes defensed. Samuel was originally selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

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(Courtesy Atlanta Falcons Football Communications Coordinator Matt Haley)