Former Falcon Sam Baker to Hang Up the Cleats

Posted on Aug 12 2015 - 10:54am by Michael Arkin

Sam Baker seems to be calling it quits. Injuries seem to be the main reason to the abrupt end to the 2008 first-round selection for the Atlanta Falcons’ career. The Atlanta Falcons released him earlier this offseason, and it looks like the other NFL teams did not want to give Baker a chance either.

Sam Baker missed the 2014 with a torn patella tendon, a season-ending injury. In his seven-year career with Atlanta, he played all 16 games in just two seasons. Baker always seemed to be injured, as he tore both patella tendons in both knees as a Falcon. Baker played in 70 games and had 61 starts, all with Atlanta.

After the 2012 season, the front office opted to give Baker a 6-year/$41 million deal. He received that deal mostly because of his exceptional play in the 2012 playoffs. 

His father appeared on SirusXM NFL Radio and stated that his son, “probably just concluded his career.” 

We wish him nothing but the best and hope Sam’s body can heal quickly during retirement.

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