The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking to trade All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel all offseason, and it seems likely a deal will get done before the NFL draft. Samuel has already agreed to restructure his contract to help work out a trade, and this seems to be a strong indicator that Samuel’s time in Philly is done.
Samuel has a lot going for him if the Eagles want to trade him, namely that he’s a premier cover corner, a ballhawk for the football and an interception machine, especially come playoff time.
Samuel is also a better man-to-man corner than people realize; last year, he held opposing wide receivers to just a 47.5 completion percentage, 4.85 yards per attempt and a 52.4 passer rating (per Pro Football Focus). The season before, Samuel held receivers to an incredible 3.2 yards per attempt, and he is coming off four Pro Bowls in the last five seasons, including a First-Team AP All-Pro selection.
Samuel is also 31 years old, he’s missed seven games to injuries in the previous two seasons and he’s immensely lacking in his physical skills.
Samuel is poor against the run and he’s even said to be a gambler when it comes to covering receivers, as it is his tendency to bait the opposing quarterback to throwing the ball and then attempt to jump the route. The numbers against Samuel last year showed his tactic worked, and that’s got to be worth something significant in terms of a trade.
Samuel has the talent to be traded for a first-round pick, but because of his age and high salary, the Eagles will likely swap him for a third- or fourth-round pick. Here are five teams that could be in the running for Samuel.