NFL Rumors: Eagles Would Be Smart to Trade Asante Samuel Before Draft

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IApril 24, 2012

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade Asante Samuel before the 2012 NFL Draft, a move that makes sense for the long-term success of the franchise.

La Canfora writes that "the team has come to terms with the fact it won't be getting much for him" after more than a year of trying to dump him and his exorbitant contract.

Per Rotoworld.com, Samuel has two years left on his contract and is scheduled to earn approximately $10 million in 2012 and $11.5 million in 2013—far too rich for the Eagles to absorb for a soon-to-be 32-year-old cornerback.

Per Philly.com, Samuel has recently said he'd be willing to shave as much as $2.5 million off his 2012 salary to stay with the Eagles. But apparently that isn't enough of a cut to facilitate a change of heart, and the team needs to simply get what they can, while they can.

It's obvious that Samuel isn't going to play in Philly next year, one way or another.

His contract is simply too heavy for the Eagles to handle. Per EaglesCap.com, they are currently sitting at just under $11 million below the cap. 

That doesn't sound like a dangerous position, but the Eagles are trying to negotiate a long-term deal with LeSean McCoy—not to mention they will still need to sign their 2012 rookies and fill in a few more gaps via free agency after the draft.

Per Philly.com, McCoy may hold out of training camp if he doesn't have a new deal.

He won't be cheap, either, and you should expect the Eagles to offer him a contract much like the one Arian Foster received this spring from the Houston Texans—a five-year, $43.5 million contract worth approximately $30 million over the first three years (H/T Rotoworld.com).

The Denver Post reported recently that the Broncos have already been in contact with the Eagles on two separate proposed deals—one involving an unnamed player and another involving either a fifth- or sixth-round pick.

The one thing that could hold up any potential trade is that Samuel is in control of his contract, per Rotoworld.com, and he'd have to approve any contract renegotiations that his new team is sure to demand.

Philadelphia needs to get something in return for Samuel.  

Even if all they get is a sixth-round pick, they have the opportunity to land one of this year's hidden gems—a far better prospect than getting nothing for him should they be forced to release him before training camp to dump his salary.

 

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