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Asante Samuel Trade Rumors All Across The Board

Where To, Asante?

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

For those who are shocked to see that the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to deal away play-making cornerback Asante Samuel — think about it. Samuel, although a defensive asset that can make big plays, is also a 31-year old on the downturn of his career. He is making a hefty $9.9 million next season, which is well over his value, and don’t forget, he bashed the entire Eagles organization last season as the team failed to make the playoffs.

He’s done in Philly.

The end of the Samuel Era of defense was really marked when the Eagles traded for Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and signed Nnamdi Asomugha, the team just didn’t have time to unload him last off-season due to the lockout. This has been a forgone conclusion, and now that Philadelphia is looking to amass draft picks, there has never been a more perfect time to send Samuel packing to whichever team offers the Eagles the highest offer.

Today, Samuel was reportedly being looked into by the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. A few of the reports were refuted, then refueled, then refuted again. There was also a whisper that Philadelphia would even consider just realeasing Samuel straight up to get him off the team. If that would indeed be the case, that would mean that the offers for Samuel were so low, it wouldn’t even be worth it to do a trade.

We’re talking fourth-round picks and beyond for Samuel.

Either his value really is that low, or the Eagles front office is throwing down some nice smoke and mirrors trying to generate more interest in Samuel and get a team to overpay for him. It wouldn’t be the first time Philadelphia pulled a fast-one on a trade.

One thing can be certain — Samuel won’t be an Eagle next season.

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  1. Joseph

    March 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    It’s def not for sure, it was for sure Desean wouldn’t get a long term contract, look what happened there. It was for sure juan Castillo was going to be replace, that didn’t happen. Philadelphia is always the team to shock and awe fans. Asante is not the must humble person but he has been a great asset every year. He hasn’t had a bad year yet with philly. His tackling sucks but so does every cb we’ve had. If anything DRC is more of a loss than Asante and shouldn’t of even been picked up in the first place.

    • Troy Ballard

      March 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Joseph.

      The fact of the matter is that Asante plays a high-risk high-reward game, that in the Eagles current defense, doesn’t really fit the scheme. With Philly running the wide-nine, which is basically a four-man rush that is designed to put eliminate the need for excessive blitzing, the Eagles need press corners.

      That’s what Nnamdi and DRC are. Press coverage is what those two are best at, and really, given the right situation, could be one of the best combo’s in the NFL. The reason DRC is taking so much heat is because he didn’t get a chance to prove anything last season, but trust me, the kid was a stud in Arizona.

      And DeSean and Asante are two very different situations. The Eagles wanted Jackson, but at the right price. The Eagles just don’t want Asante anymore.

  2. tval

    March 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    i agree on asante assessment..hes very good but plays risky style…i think demeco wouldve been the missing piece last season nstead of drc, who played all last season out of position..but its a diff season and for the $…its a no brainer…

  3. tval

    March 31, 2012 at 12:07 am

    if u hav heavy blitzing scheme u always use “press” corners…thats the entire plan..pressure early force errant throw to a bottled up wr…not asantes specialty, really quick slants to big wrs was his only weakness, he is what u call an off corner…read qb & react…eli & peytons worst nightmare…my only concern…i think strong midde lb and safety play wldve helped asante immensely…but he had to over-compensate for coleman, rolle, matthews, allen etc…we made nnamdi look average this year…until late…so i dont blame asante at all…and he is still our 2nd best corner at least!!!…dudes best corner the last decade…imo!! revis could not cover like asante…i dont care what rex ryan said…hes always wrong…lol!! so n summary i can see & understand us moving on…its just bad timing…hes paid his dues and deserves a title run with this team…not drc!!! but the business side interrupts again…dawkins, mikell, both hurt inexperienced defenses!! asantes loss will hurt equally, hes a leader & playmaker…

  4. tval

    March 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

    another point as far as asante…he seems to b most comfortable on one side…when nnamdi & drc play all over field (follow their receiver) not that nnamdi & asante couldnt theoretically just lock down both sides now that they have help from midde (demeco)…but i think the lack of decent safety play has really retarded this groups development…more specifically kurt coleman…yeah he can tackle a rb whos just made 3 guys miss…but he couldnt cover me..

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