This is just off the wire from KFFL:
Eagles | Team has deal in place with Samuel
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 08:42:57 -0800
ComcastSportsNet.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles have a deal in place with free-agent CB Asante Samuel (Patriots), according to a source. Terms of the deal have yet to be finalized.
I will update as soon as I have more info.
Sporting News is also reporting that this is a done deal. They even have some contract figures.
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to sign cornerback Asante Samuel, according to several reports.
The deal is expected to be worth $47.2 million over five years, ESPN reports. Samuel had been seeking a deal worth at least $10 million a year.
The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also were rumored to be chasing Samuel. The Pro Bowler had 44 tackles and six interceptions last season with the Patriots — one for a touchdown.
Samuel was visiting the Eagles’ practice facility on Friday. The deal reportedly was pending Samuel passing a physical.
>>Reports:Eagles set to sign Asante Samuel (Sporting News)
This is awesome news! What a huge move by the front office. Despite having two solid CBs, the Birds pounce on the best available free agent on the market. There are rumors of a possible Lito Sheppard trade, and I will stay on the look out for any news of that.
UPDATE! Asante Samuel officially signs with Eagles! Deal is 6 years worth $57 Million.
What an exciting day. Early this morning(around 5 am) I woke up to news that the Birds had struck it big by signing Samuel. All day I was almost in disbelief, until I saw Samuel holding up an Eagles jersey at his press conference. The joy I feel right now, is hard to contain.
The Eagles always look to target premier free agents that can make an impact on the team, and they found a great one in Asante Samuel. I will get more information soon!