But in order to do that the team will have to trade four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. The Lions, Saints, Bengals, Bucs, and even Cowboys are all in need dire need of help at corner, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find offers for Samuel considering his All-Pro reputation and playmaking ability. Just don’t expect those offers to net much in return.
The 31-year-old is set to make $9.4 million in 2012, a figure the Eagles have no interest in paying. What’s more, it was painfully obvious that Samuel’s style of play didn’t fit in with that of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha. Teams know this. And it minimizes what was Samuel’s already decreasing value.
So if you were hoping that the Eagles were going to give it one more shot with the talented trio of corners, sorry, but it’s not happening. And if you were hoping for a linebacker or a high draft pick in return for the nine-year veteran, well, that’s also not happening. A fourth or fifth round selection is probably a much more realistic return. Teams simply aren’t going to overpay for a player, no matter how talented, if they know he’ll eventually be released if he’s not traded.
And one more passing thought–Jeff McLane reported that the team had a deal worked out to deal Samuel to Detroit last summer, but it fell apart at the last moment. While we don’t know the details of that trade, or why it fell apart, one thing is for sure–the Eagles should have pulled the trigger.