A trade of a former All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler certainly warrants a quality player in return, right?
Or, at the very least, a high draft pick? Or maybe a mid-round draft pick?
Okay, how about a sixth-rounder? No?
Guess not. The Eagles have in fact traded one of the most dangerous cornerbacks in the league to the Atlanta Falcons for a measly seventh-round draft pick in the 2012 draft.
Samuel agreed to restructure his contract from a two-year, $21 million deal to a three-year, $18.5 million deal.
The trade improves a Falcons’secondary that is now better equipped to deal with the Saints’ potent passing offense.
Here’s what Andy Reid had to say about the deal:
“We wish Asante Samuel all the best as he heads into the next chapter of his career in Atlanta. He has been a very productive member of the Eagles for the past four years and we appreciate all that he has done for our organization. We obviously feel good about our cornerback situation moving forward with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as our starters. Those two played very well together in the latter part of the season and we anticipate that will continue as we head into the 2012 season.”
As for Samuel, well, the opinionated corner took the high road.
“I wish Philly nothing but the best. I love the organization and Eagles Nation. I know it was sad to see me go. I know everybody can’t figure why this is happening and why it is going this way, but this is business,” he said.
The reaction from this standpoint? LeSean McCoy better get paid, son.
Now let’s move on.