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:
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 MLive.com:
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.