Samuel Baker was born on May 30, 1985 and graduated from Tustin (CA) High. He started 13 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman, earning 2nd team All-Pac-10 honors and registering 74 knockdown blocks. As a sophomore, he earned the first of 3 consecutive 1st team All-Pac-10 honors as well as 3rd team All-America honors. He had 103 knockdowns, 12 touchdown-resulting blocks, and allowed only 1 sack. He was a 1st team All-American as a junior with 109 knockdowns, 14 touchdown-resulting blocks, and 2.5 sacks allowed. As a senior, he had 88 knockdowns, 12 touchdown-resulting blockers, and allowed 2 sacks. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (21st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on July 25, 2008 ... Re-signed by Falcons on March 12, 2013 ... Placed by Falcons on injured reserve on November 12, 2013 ... Placed on injured reserve by Falcons on August 18, 2014.
Terms of his rookie contract with the Falcons were undisclosed ... Signed a six-year deal in 2013 worth $41.1 million. It included $18.5 million in guaranteed money, factoring in his his first two years of base salary (combined $4.25 million), $10 million signing bonus, and a 2014 option bonus of $4 million. The deal contains escalators worth $3.9 million which could push the maximum value of the contract to $45 million. His base salaries are: $1 million (2013); $3.25 million (2014); $4.25 million (2015); $5.25 million (2016); $6.5 million (2017); $6.6 million (2018). His signing bonus is prorated over five years per CBA rules, giving him cap hits of: $3 million (2013); $6.05 million (2014); $7.05 million (2015); $8.05 million (2016); $9.3 million (2017); and $7.4 million (2018).