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Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:08 pm
 
Samuel's future in Philly remains uncertain. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Eagles were the NFL's most disappointing team last season and with many of the same faces returning in 2012, expectations will remain high. There were various reasons for Philly's 8-8 record -- injuries at quarterback, inconsistencies at wide receiver and a defense that looked absolutely lost an incapable of tackling for the first two-thirds of the season.

Despite missing the playoffs, the Eagles ended the year with four straight wins and the defense allowed an average of 11.5 points per game over that time. And if Asante Samuel returns to join Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at cornerback the defense -- and the secondary, in particular -- should be even better.

But there's no guarantee Samuel will be in Philly when training camps open in late July. In fact, he could be traded this spring.

“Whenever you have a surplus at a particular position there are talks around the league, people call and your phone does ring,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said (via the Wilmington News Journal), “and that’s happened in the past couple years by our quarterback situation.”

Samuel was mentioned in trade talks during the season and let's just say it didn't go over well.

"I've been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me there," Samuel said during the team's bye week in late October. "You know, 22, 23 interceptions over my years. Broke playoff records. So, definitely, it doesn't sit well with me. And obviously they don't want me there, so life goes on. So we'll see where I'll be at, ya know?"

Head coach Andy Reid addressed Samuel's comments a few days later.

“You have to understand everybody calls everybody,” he said. “We’re sitting here with a few good corners. So people call. But (shopping Samuel) wasn't the case. Asante and I talk. So listen, I’m not worried about that at all. He loves to play the game. And we’re going to move forward. I don’t have any comments past this. And I know he doesn’t. So, we’re moving on here.”

Samuel said at the time that he had Reid ware "good" and "that's all that matters," before adding, "A couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They probably never played football. It's a business, they run it like a business, so they're going to do what they need to do. So they're upstairs playing with a lot of money, playing a little fantasy football, so they’re doing their thing."

On Thursday, Roseman wouldn't speak specifically about Samuel but it sure sounded like he'd be willing to trade him if the right deal came along.

“We’re always open to phone calls and to seeing if something works,” he said, “and really if there are win-win situations for particular teams and particular players, we’ll look at that and make a decision kind of in a vacuum.”

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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

The better question is who wants him? He is only any good in passing situations because he clearly gave up on tackling last year. 



Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

@ Pearls of Wisdom, I'm gonna guess that the Eagles asking price is probably a first round draft pick which they won't get from anyone or else he would have been traded last yr. That being said how about Samuel to the Falcons for a second round pick, since there's a chance they might lose Brent Grimes.        
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:47 am
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

Please... no... don't break up the Dream Team.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:40 am
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

Is this supposed to be a breaking story?  No dah.  The Eagles are not going to pay Samuel the money that was back loaded in the next two years.  This is typical Eagles.  If any team is dumb enough to trade for Samuel, then that GM is a dummy.  He will be released before camp or before the Eagles have to pay him any more guarentees.

Exactly. 

His contract calls for $18.8 million in base salary over the next two years.  There is no way a team makes a trade and takes on a terrible contract. 
The only way he goes to another team is if he is released. 



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:57 am
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

Is this supposed to be a breaking story?  No dah.  The Eagles are not going to pay Samuel the money that was back loaded in the next two years.  This is typical Eagles.  If any team is dumb enough to trade for Samuel, then that GM is a dummy.  He will be released before camp or before the Eagles have to pay him any more guarentees.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:07 am
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

I can see the Lions trying to make a possible move for Samuel if the Eagles are thinking about trading for him. The Lions desperately need a "solid corner" for their average secondary,and Samuel would be very good option. It all comes down to the Lions opinion on whether Samuel would be a good addition to the secondary or not as well as what type of money is Samuel is talking about. Right now,the Lions main priority is trying to work out deals for their,UFA's,Avril,and of course...."Megatron".CoolCoolCool



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:45 am
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

I know the Minnesota Vikingss need a cb real bad. Thought we had connections with Philly. Maybe that was with just Childress. Anyway Asante would be nice to have as a cover corner as we have none. Winfield will be back but he is getting old. They might draft a cb or 2 also. They have to address that position the most. Everyone in the league knows they can pass the crap all day on us. Isnt any wonder why Allen led the league in sacks.



Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:04 am
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

They should and the Panthers should pick him up to go alongside of Chris Gamble. The panthers can then focus on either getting a defensive tackle or building up their receiving corps.




Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

Please trade him for a linebacker



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:39 pm
 

Eagles could be open to trading Asante Samuel

80%of the teams need a CB as him...the problem?.. what is the Eagles asking price?..i think the situation will be solved after the draft



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