NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Eagles CB Asante Samuel

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his interception in the first half against the Cleveland Browns during their pre season game on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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A name that we're going to hear a lot in regards to trade rumors is Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer said that there has been a market for Asante Samuel of the Eagles, quoting team general manager Howie Roseman saying the following:

We [feel] like corner is a position of strength right now...But at the same time, when you talk to teams around the league, you're talking about maybe some positions that you have a strength and maybe that they have a weakness. You try to see if that's a match - whether that's cornerback or anywhere else.

So, now that we know there's at least a potential for a trade, let's take a look at the most up-to-date rumors being floated around. 

UPDATE: Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Mike O'Hara of Fox Sports Detroit is reporting that the Lions are out of the sweepstakes for Samuel. 

Any buzz that the Detroit Lions are interested in pursuing a deal for Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel has been swiftly muted and unplugged.

It apparently rates a zero on the noise meter.

“Not a chance,” a league source with knowledge of the Lions’ interest said Thursday.


UPDATE: Thursday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

On Thursday morning, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported that the Titans have a slight interest in the Eagles corner:

Thursday, March 29 at 9:41 a.m. ET

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

Thursday, March 29 at 9:44 a.m. ET

But the #Titans have lukewarm interest in Samuels at best, and there's no way they'd give up a third round pick for him.

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) March 29, 2012

This is a bit of a surprise, as the Titans could certainly use a corner. They lost Cortland Finnegan from the 2011 team and were only a middle-of-the-road pass defense to begin with. 

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer also detailed that the contract issues presented will not stop a deal from taking place:

Samuel's $9.5 million base salary appears to be a giant obstacle, but the 31-year-old cornerback would not let a possible restructuring of his contract keep a deal from getting done, a source close to the situation said.

Another team who has expressed interest is the Detroit Lions. That was conformed by Mike O'Hara of Fox Sports Detroit:

The Detroit Lions have departed the NFL meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., with a buzz that their interest has continued in obtaining cornerback Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cornerback is a position of need for the Lions. A veteran starter with proven coverage ability would be a good addition to their defense.

That possibility has one big holdup, which was detailed by Justin Rogers of

Then there's Samuel. The Eagles continue to shop him around the league, but the market is limited for the 31-year-old cornerback. It's not a talent issue, it's a money issue.

Samuel has two years and more than $21 million remaining on the six-year contract he signed with the Eagles in 2008. He has shown a willingness to restructure his deal, but with the amount of money he's owed, this year ($9.9 million) and next ($11.4 million), that won't help a team like the Lions very much.