On Wednesday morning, it was reported by DEC Management that the Chargers and 2021 second-round pick Asante Samuel Jr. have agreed on terms for his rookie contract. Samuel becomes the first member of the Bolts’ nine-player 2021 class to agree on terms for his contract.
The former Florida State cornerback was selected with the 47th-overall pick in this year’s draft. It completed a perfect one-two start for the Bolts which only added to one of the NFL’s best offseasons.
Samuel was targeted as a potential fit for the Chargers following head coach Brandon Staley’s statement regarding the traits he covets the most in corners at the NFL level, with the first being the ability to play man coverage. Following the selections of Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain in the top-10 of round one, Samuel became the best available defender with elite man skills. Add in the legacy of his father, former Patriot and Eagle Asante Samuel, and his tenacious ball-hawk skills and the Chargers truly landed the best possible player to replace Casey Hayward on the outside.