After listening to Andy Reid’s short press conference and Howie Roseman’s dodgy answers to questions about retaining all three top-tier corners for the 2011 season, it doesn’t seem likely that Asante Samuel will ever play another game in Eagle green. Both said “it’s a good situation to be in” and “we’ll see how things go.” By now, we all now what that means.
He’s still “excused” from camp, which is a telling sign considering it’s the same move the coaches used prior to Kolb’s trade to Arizona. And while we do have some cap room left, I doubt Roseman and Reid will be willing to spend a combined $20 million this year on two cornerbacks, especially if they’re planning on offering Desean Jackson the money he deserves.
So, in all likelihood, it will probably come down to one question and one question only: Desean or Asante? I can’t speak for any other Eagle fans out there, but I know where my heart lies. Sorry San, but we need DJax more than we need three Pro Bowl corners.
If we end up losing Deuce Deuce and keeping Jackson, however, think about it. Take a step back. If someone came to you in March and said “You can have Asante Samuel and Trevard Lindley or you can have Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie,” I don’t think you would have hesitated. We all love Asante (I have two jerseys), but if losing him means landing Nnamdi I think I might just be able to live with it.
The funny part is that 22′s most likely landing spot, right now, looks like Arizona. After parting with DRC they’re in desperate need of an impact corner, and they have the money to pay Asante the $9 million or so he was due this year. It depends on what they’re willing to offer, of course, and I’d be shocked if Samuel goes for anything less than a 3rd round pick.
In a perfect world, we’d have all of these guys. Asante and DJax and Nnamdi and DRC and Brian Dawkins and Leonard Weaver. But in this free agent maelstrom of 2011 such things are simply not possible. In the real world, we are probably going to play against Kevin Kolb, Stewart Bradley and Asante Samuel on Sunday, November 13th, when the Cards come back to Philly. Regardless of the losses, however, I think I’m still more psyched for this season than any I can remember. Ochocinco in New England? Nnamdi in Philly? Kolb as a Cardinal? McNabb a Viking? This is gonna be one hell of a season, no matter how it shakes out.