Philadelphia Eagles Desperate to Get Rid of Asante Samuel?

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his interception return for a touchdown with teammates Kurt Coleman #42  and Brian Rolle #59 during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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It has been known for weeks now that the Philadelphia Eagles have been trying to unload cornerback Asante Samuel before the NFL draft.

The Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions have long been considered possible trade partners for the Eagles, but a report from the Denver Post on Thursday has led to speculation that the Denver Broncos could be a possible fit for the aging corner.

Per Mike Klis of the Post:

The Broncos were offering either their fifth- or sixth-round pick in next week's draft in exchange for Samuel, who had nine interceptions for the Eagles in 2009, seven in 2010 and three last season.

While a fifth or sixth-round draft pick may seem low, it's clear that teams are beginning to sense the Eagles' desperation to move Samuel.

Meanwhile, a tweet from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer proves just how desperate the Eagles are:

Estimates that the #Eagles we're looking for a 3d or 4th rd pick for CB Asante Samuel were wrong. They are willing to take a 5th or 6th.

Samuel has two years remaining on his current deal, which pays him $10 million this season and $11.5 million in 2013. While those numbers indicate that he's one of the league's premier corners, he doesn't fit the Eagles' plans moving forward.

Samuel is 31 years old and his style of play is a better fit with defenses that play more zone coverages. With Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie already on the roster, it's clear that Samuel is the odd man out.

Although efforts to deal Samuel seem futile, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Eagles are willing to deal him no matter the cost.