Asante Samuel Trade Rumors: Tennessee Titans Have Interest in Samuel

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMarch 30, 2012

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans are interested in trading for Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, sources told Terry McCormick of TitanInsider Wednesday.

The Titans have been searching for a veteran cornerback ever since they parted ways with Cortland Finnegan, who signed with the Rams.

Tennessee would be wise to add some top skill to their secondary, as presumed starters Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner only have a combined five years of experience in the league. Samuel, 31, would add veteran leadership as well as a ball-hawking style of play that has supplanted him as one of the NFL's best corners.

McCormick also reports that the Titans appear likely to wait until much closer to the upcoming draft on April 26 rather than make a move in the next couple of days. The draft is littered with cornerback talent, but it may become obvious closer to the 26th that the players on Tennessee's radar could be out of reach.

The Eagles have a knack of getting the most out of departing players (see Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb), and losing one of their best defensive leaders would ideally bring them some hefty draft picks in return.

Though, Philadelphia may become desperate to ship off Samuel and his massive contract, which is scheduled to pay $21.3 million over the next two years ($9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013).

The Titans haven't burned up much of their cap space after striking out on Peyton Manning, which caused them to also miss out on the Mario Williams bidding sweepstakes. The only major move Tennessee has made was on pass-rushing end Kamerion Wimbley, who signed a 5-year, $35 million dollar deal.

Simply put, Tennessee can afford Samuel and desperately need him.

Cornerback is becoming more and more of a vital position in the NFL, as the league has shifted to a primarily pass-first style, with a wide range of elite quarterbacks and the wide receiver position becoming a bigger and stronger one.