In an offseason full of surprises, here’s a bit of news that couldn’t have been any more predictable. The Eagles, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, are shopping cornerback Asante Samuel for the second straight offseason.
The Eagles reportedly reached an agreement with the Lions last summer that would have sent Samuel to Detroit in exchange for two second-day draft picks, but the deal fell apart for undisclosed reasons.
Now, the Eagles will once again try to trade the former All-Pro cornerback who is scheduled to earn $9.5 million this season.
It seems unlikely that the Eagles will net much in return for Samuel–not only because of his contract, but because teams know Philadelphia wants to move Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the outside to play opposite Nnamdi Asomugha. Rodgers-Cromartie looked uncomfortable and struggled playing slot corner a year ago.
While the Eagles don’t appear to have a ton of leverage, there will be a market for Samuel. Even at 31-years-old Samuel is still one of the best cover corners and the league and has an uncanny knack for creating turnovers.
Ultimately, it appears a virtual certainty that Samuel will be shipped. To which team and in exchange for what remains to be seen.