Asante Samuel Trade Rumors: Eagles Wisely Shopping CB Prior to 2012 NFL Draft

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 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 loaded with talented defensive backs, so trying to trade the veteran Asante Samuel before the draft next week is a smart move by the franchise.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles have been looking to deal Samuel, but unfortunately no mentions were made as to how likely a trade is to happen:

Eagles have been shopping CB Asante Samuel in recent days, according to NFL sources around league. Eagles looking to make trade before draft

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2012


Having superb defensive depth is a must in the NFL, which is exactly what the Eagles have in their secondary with Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.

However, with all of them getting paid tons of money, moving one to free up cap space is something the Eagles are looking into.

Samuel is set to make $9.9 million this season, and while he wants to remain in Philadelphia, the decision is not up to him. The NFL is a business, and deals to help the team financially happen every year.

The Eagles tried to improve their roster by bringing in Rodgers-Cromartie and Asomugha, but now the secondary is crowded with high-paid players. Reducing the salary back there by moving Samuel for another player or a draft pick is the right decision.

Philadelphia is paying Asomugha a ton of money, so of course he isn't going to be the one that gets moved. Rodgers-Cromartie is the youngest of the bunch, which means he needs to stay on to ensure the future of the defense remains strong.

It's unfortunate for Samuel, but it must be done. It's makes much more sense from a financial standpoint to trade him and then draft a young talented corner next week to groom into an eventual starter.

Actually dealing Samuel will be tough because of his contract. Per Rotoworld, Samuel is set to make over $11 million in 2013 before becoming a free agent in 2014.

Don't get me wrong—Samuel has great talent, and he'll play well no matter what team he is on in 2012, but it's time the Eagles prep for the future, so saving money by dealing Samuel to later get younger talent is the right call.

Besides, Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie should be able to carry the load by themselves in their second year with the Eagles.


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