Asante Samuel Trade Rumors: Landing Eagles CB Would Help Titans Contend in AFC

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons  at Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are shopping Asante Samuel this NFL offseason, and the Tennessee Titans appear to have a good shot at acquiring the talented cornerback, which would significantly help their defense as they try to win the AFC South division for the first time since 2008.

According to Terry McCormick of the National Football Post and, the Titans have "some interest" in Samuel. Sources are also telling McCormick that the Eagles are "believed to be seeking at least a third-round pick" in return for Samuel.  

It's uncertain if this trade will actually happen, but sources of Comcast Sportsnet's Derrick Gunn say the trade could happen "some time in the next few days." 

Update: Jim Wyatt is the Titans beat writer for the Tennessean, and he tweeted the latest news about the Samuel trade rumors.

No deal is imminent between the #Eagles and #Titans for CB Asante Samuel, despite a report from CSN Philly last night

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) March 29, 2012

Having lost top cornerback Cortland Finnegan during free agency, the Titans are in need of a new leader on defense, and Samuel can be that guy. Right now, the Titans have young cornerbacks, which could come back to haunt them during the season. 

Samuel would provide the Titans defense with a strong veteran presence, as well as the intensity needed to help fire everyone up. 

The AFC South is wide open this year, and if the Titans are going to win it, they'll need to rely on a strong defense. Samuel can help carry Tennessee back to the playoffs if all goes well, and that's a place the Titans haven't been to since winning the division in 2008. 

Tennessee's offense is starting to improve, which means the defense must keep up. By landing Samuel, the Titans can breathe easy knowing their secondary is in good hands because it has an experienced star ready to make an impact. 

After the Eagles acquired Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last year, it was a surprise that they held onto Samuel. 

Almost a year later, it looks as though they'll finally be dealing him away. Samuel has had a good run with the Eagles over the last four years. If he is indeed traded, he shouldn't feel bad about landing in Tennessee. 

The Titans can definitely contend for the division title, especially if Samuel continues to perform at a high level. There's no need for him to get discouraged about being traded, unless he goes to a team that has a very small chance to win. Tennessee doesn't fall under that category. 

Samuel is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and if traded to the Titans, their defense will get an upgrade in the secondary, which will definitely help them compete for the division title. 



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