The saga may officially be over.
According to reports all across the internet (the most reputable being Adam Schefter of ESPN), the Philadelphia Eagles are on the very brink of trading away Asante Samuel for an undisclosed late-round draft pick. The trading of Samuel has been a long forgone process, with several teams showing interest, but then backing out.
The primary motivation for trading away the four time Pro-Bowl corner is that his contract is incredibly heavy. Samuel is slated to earn $9.9 million this season, and then $11.4 next year. His contract value, combined with the presence of Dominique Rogers-Cromartie behind him on the depth chart make Samuel expendable. Trading him away has really been in the cards since the beginning of last off-season when Philadelphia went gonzo in free agency.
More than likely, the Eagles will be getting a sixth-round pick in return for Samuel. Which essentially translates to — a player who will either be cut or will ride the bench. Considering that, despite his atitude problems, Samuel can still make plays, a sixth-rounder seems painfully low. But it appears that the Eagles started at a higher pick, and when the team realized there were no bidders, Philadelphia decided to accept a lower offer.
This trade is nothing more than a salary cap dump. Even though Samuel was still solid last season, he was in line to be replaced by DRC from the get-go. This move will also notion that Philadelphia is going to be looking at corners in the later rounds to add depth behind DRC and Nnamdi Asomugha. Let’s just hope that when Philly plays Atlanta later this year, Samuel doesn’t go lights-out.
UPDATE – 04/25/2012, 2:16 PM: Samuel agrees to a restructured contract with the Falcons – compensation likely a sixth-round pick.
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