The Philadelphia Eagles have put cornerback Asante Samuel on the market, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. While this is not surprising, the timing seems a little off. The Eagles are attempting to find a trade for Samuel this week or early next week, as long as they can get a deal done before the draft.
That’s where the logic threw me off. Many teams will attempt to address needs at corner or safety through the draft. This means that they would only be interested in Samuel’s services if they weren’t able to draft the missing piece. Hence, more teams would probably start inquiring about Samuel in the week after the draft, not before. Maybe it’s some kind of strategy that I’m unaware of.
Asante Samuel remains a very good corner, but his salary is scaring teams off. He is scheduled to make $9.9 million this season. Although, Samuel has stated that he’s ready to take a pay cut and restructure his deal if he gets traded. Another thing that could scare teams off is his age at 31. However, in 2011 Samuel started 14 games and had three interceptions on the year, so the durability and production appear to be there.
There have been rumblings that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be interested in acquiring Samuel. Ronde Barber is 37 years old, and Aqib Talib’s future with the team is uncertain. Another option would be for Samuel to move to safety for the Bucs, and then they could still draft a corner early in the draft.
The question remains: What is the Eagles’ asking price for Samuel? Given the current lack of interest, I would say that the asking price is currently too high. The Eagles might want something like a second or third-round pick.
So as of now, the market for Samuel remains quiet, but that could change in a hurry. There are plenty of teams out there that could be looking to acquire a solid corner like Samuel very soon. It’s now just a matter of him agreeing to accept a reasonable salary, and the Eagles probably need to lower their asking price.
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