This became even more apparent with the recent acquisition of LB DeMeco Ryans and his $5.9 million contract.
With Samuel set to make $9.5 million this season, and feature running back LeSean McCoy's rookie contract set to expire at the end of the 2012 season, it is safe to say that Samuel has played his last game as an Eagle.
Last season, the 31-year-old Samuel was unable to return to his 2009 form due to a nagging hamstring injury as well as a dislocated finger suffered in Week 2.
At his best, Samuel was a perennial Pro Bowl talent from 2007 to 2010, winning two Super Bowls along the way.
While a prosperous career has taken its physical toll, Samuel still possesses excellent intelligence in coverage and an incredible ball-hawking ability which could prove valuable to many teams around the league, five in particular.