With rumors flying about a possible deal that would send Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel out of Philadelphia, the Eagles would be smart to stay patient and move him when the time was right—no matter what the cost.
Should Philadelphia take anything less than a third-round pick for Samuel?
Philly.com is reporting that the organization has tried to trade the superstar at several points over the last two seasons after they acquired former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the trade for Kevin Kolb.
While there was once talk that Samuel, who is due $10 million this season and $11.5 million next season, would get the Eagles at least a second-round pick in return, it's looking as if the Eagles will take almost anything in order to get his paycheck off their books.
"Samuel, though, is still considered an elite corner in some circles. The 31-year-old has 45 career interceptions, 23 of those coming during his four seasons in Philadelphia. He showed up for offseason workouts this week, partly to collect a bonus, and told the Eagles' website that his preference was to remain here. The Eagles, though, have decided to move on, and appear willing to take whatever they can get before the draft starts Thursday."
While the smartest move would be for the Eagles to continue waiting until they find a team desperate enough at cornerback to make the deal, the Eagles' desperation shows they will not go that route.
That doesn't mean they still can't wait, though.
If Philadelphia plays the NFL draft the way it always does, the perfect time for the Birds to trade Samuel is before Day 2. Head coach Andy Reid is a genius with trades. He can find a team that missed out on the top-tier cornerbacks in the first round of the draft and is now desperate for an Asante Samuel-caliber player.
While the Eagles may only get a late-second or a third-round pick out of the deal, it's better than the reported sixth- and seventh-round picks they were being offered.
Samuel can still be a great player, but just like Brian Dawkins, no one on the Eagles defense is ever safe from the cost-cutting.
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