The 2012 NFL draft begins on Thursday. Now, the Philadelphia Eagles are still looking to trade Asante Samuel before the draft starts. Most likely, a deal will get done today that would sent Asante Samuel to a new team, probably the Atlanta Falcons, according to sources. Don’t count out a mystery team, however.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons were close on a deal that would have sent Samuel to the Falcons on Tuesday, but there was a hangup in talks regarding Samuel’s contract.
The problem doesn’t appear to be the compensation involved. There have been multiple reports stating that the Eagles would accept a sixth-round pick in return. Clearly, the Eagles are eager to get rid of Samuel and his massive paycheck. However, Samuel isn’t willing to take a significant pay-cut in 2012, and that is what is stalling talks. The Denver Broncos were also reportedly close on a deal with Samuel, but they to were turned off by Samuel’s unwillingness to significantly reduce his 2012 salary, which is currently at around $9.9 million for 2012.
The worst-case scenario for the Eagles would be releasing him, because they would take a $2 million salary-cap hit. Philadelphia is trying to get anything in return, but it appears that Samuel is not cooperating. Many people believe that Samuel is trying to keep most of his $9.9 million salary and would only restructure to around $7 million. However, the Broncos and Falcons are probably looking for him to come down to around $5 million.
At 31, Asante Samuel is still a solid player and can contribute immediately with his new team. However as of right now, the talks have stalled and the Eagles might have to wait to deal him.
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