NFL Trade Rumors: Detroit Lions Need to Make a Move for Asante Samuel

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIApril 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions have to improve their secondary if they want to be serious Super Bowl contenders in 2012.    

The team ranked 22nd in the league in pass defense, and they were totally exploited by a number of teams towards the end of the season. The team gave up an average of 311 yards per game through the air in the team's final seven games, which included a 466-yard performance by Drew Brees and the Saints in the playoffs.

The team missed on a number of quality free-agent defensive backs (which included their own Eric Wright) this offseason, but there is still one move that the team can make. 

Asante Samuel is still on the market, and I believe that he would be a perfect fit in Detroit. 

There been a number of reports suggesting that a deal between the Lions and Eagles is totally dead, but I certainly expect the Eagles to lower their asking price by the time draft time rolls around.

Fox Sports Detroit's Mike O'Hara now reports there's "not a chance" the Lions will trade for CB Asante Samuel. O'Hara had previously reported Owners Meetings "buzz" that the Lions remained interested. He's now reversing course after hearing from a reliable source. Samuel's age (31) and salary ($9.9 million) as well as the Eagles' asking price are all stumbling blocks to a potential trade, especially since Lions GM Martin Mayhew prefers to acquire younger players prior to their second contract.

Samuel, 31, still has a number of quality seasons left in him, but the Lions would certainly want to restructure his massive contract. 

The price for Samuel would likely be a third-round pick by the time the draft rolls around, which is a reasonable asking price for a guy that can step in and be a quality starter immediately. 

The NFC has a number of teams that can and will throw the football all over the place, which makes the need for a quality veteran that much more obvious.

The Lions would then be able to add an offensive tackle in the first round and then add another defensive back in the second round.  

However, it is really difficult to determine what the Eagles are willing to take for Samuel, but if the asking price is just a third-round pick, I believe that a deal has to get done.