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

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IApril 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images'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, 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, 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, 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.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ro
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Per, 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

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, 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.