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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.

UPDATE!
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!

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  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Wow. Now you have TWO star players who know how to choke in the Superbowl.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    They would also have the best secondary in the NFL with Samuel. So much for your Eagles can’t find great free agents theory.

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  • http://www.dawgpounddaily.com Steve

    I still think you guys need another receiver, even with the best secondary in the NFL.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Steve- rumor is the Eagles are waiting for the Broncos to cut Javon Walker.

  • http://www.dawgpounddaily.com Steve

    There you go then – if he stays healthy, the Eagles have a real shot, even in that division.

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  • http://www.EaglesFanCast.net Chuck

    Awesome news Ian!  I linked to you… definitely excited about this move.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Uh, let’s have Assante play a few snaps for the Eagles before we christen this a good move.  The Kearse signing seemed like a great move when they signed him.  So I don’t think my theory is out the window.  I never said they don’t get star free agents; I said that when they get star free agents, it blows up in their face. Time will tell.  I have to conceed that if you guys get Samuel and a healthy Javon Walker I will be unhappy and your team will start getting much scarier.

  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    It’s a good signing but I don’t think it is going to improve the team a whole lot. What you need is a Star wide out like Roy Williams or Larry Fitzgerald. If you got either of those guys with Samuel for Kevin Kold to throw to this year, I will be a bit concerned. Our division is truly shaping up to be tops in the NFL again.

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