As many have expected, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they are shopping cornerback Asante Samuel in an attempt to trade the 31-year old before the NFL draft next week, according to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Samuel’s name has been discussed in trade talks ever since the team acquired star free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha last July and traded for former Pro Bowl corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a few days later.
Samuel was still a starter in 2011, and he had a much better year than most remembered (and easily the best of the big three on the team), but his age and 2012 salary makes him valuable trade bait.
Samuel is scheduled to earn $9.9 million in 2012. He still attended the Eagles’ voluntary workouts this week but his time in Philadelphia is likely coming to an end.
Samuel has been with the Eagles since 2008, leading the NFC in interceptions in 2009 and 2010, and earning a Pro Bowl selection in three of his four seasons.
He had more than a few negative comments about the Eagles’ management in 2011.
In July, he reported to camp four days late and stated that if the Eagles are tired of his big playmaking ability, they can ship him out. I was three feet away from Samuel for that interview and we all thought he was as good as gone.
But he stayed with the team and didn’t cause any more trouble until October, when he stated that the Eagles’ front office is too busy playing fantasy football and doesn’t want him. He later retracted his comments, saying he let his emotions get the best of him.
A possible trade destination for Samuel is Detroit or St. Louis. I could also see him going to Dallas, even though I would obviously hate that. I also don’t see the Eagles getting much more than a fourth round draft pick for him, even though I think he’s worth as much as a mid second round pick.