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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