Tennessee Titans Trade Talk: Possibility of Snagging Cornerback Asante Samuel from the Eagles

By Stephanie Umek

The truth hurts, and the truth is that with the loss of cornerback Cortland Finnegan, the Tennessee Titans are in desperate need for a big shot cornerback, even with help from the upcoming draft.

Getting in some new defensive ends and backs will be great to help the Titans secure their defense, but with an all new class it’s like the blind leading the blind. Having some expertise on the line would be best, and though most Titans fans thought Finnegan would be around for a long time, the fact of the matter is that he’s not. Asante Samuel would be a nice fit for the Titans, but how interested in the trade are both sides?

On the Eagles side of things, it seems to all be up to the franchise, Shavers (Samuel’s agent) said it is out of his control. If the Eagles want to keep him, then they will. But according to Shavers, “Nothing has materialized.” Not to mention the fact that he has two more years left on his contract with Philadelphia.

On the other side of things, the Titans will be solely focusing on their defense, with letting Finnegan go, there is a big hole, however with the trade rumors starting, Jason McCourty has come forward and stated he is fully ready to take on the role of head cornerback. He was interviewed by Titansonline.com and he feels that now is his time to step it up on the field.

“I think it’s a part of growing up. I came in and had guys like Cortland and Chris Hope kind of teach me the ropes. When I came in it was Court’s fourth year. Now I’m that guy that can kind of show some of the younger guys some things.”

So in this case, it’s possible that Head Coach Mike Munchak and General Manager Ruston Webster continue to be very confident with some moves made to the team in the off-season. Maybe they see McCourty’s work ethic and think he may be able to handle it.

There is nothing set it stone and not many people in the franchises are talking about the trade. Finnegan is a huge loss, but if McCourty is able to step up and show the now younger guys how it is done, that may be the move the Titans go with during trade time.

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