NFL Rumors: Falcons Must Heavily Pursue a Trade for Eagles CB Asante Samuel

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2012

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons greets Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles after the game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons have kept quiet this NFL offseason, but that needs to change right now as they become players in the trade sweepstakes for the Philadelphia Eagles talented cornerback, Asante Samuel

According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the Falcons and Eagles have been discussing the possibility of striking up a deal.

Another team to watch jumping into the Asante Samuel trade talk is Atlanta, who has had talks w Philly last couple of days.

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 24, 2012

This is a brilliant move for Atlanta and something that the Falcons need to make sure happens. They're a team in dire need of help in the secondary, and adding a skilled veteran like Samuel will do wonders for the Falcons in 2012. 

Many of the fans are outraged that the only moves Atlanta made this offseason revolved around the coaches.

Sure, the Falcons re-signed some of their big free agents, but others got away and the Falcons didn't do much to fill those voids. 

Now they have a shot at bringing in a cornerback with great experience, which is huge considering all the talented quarterbacks the Falcons must face in 2012. 

In addition to battling Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman twice on the year, Atlanta also has to try and stop Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Kevin Kolb, Carson Palmer, Michael Vick, Matt Cassel, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and also Robert Griffin III if the Redskins draft him like many expect them too. 

That's quite the daunting challenge for 2012, and even though the Falcons offense will carry them past a few of those teams with questionable defenses themselves, getting a much-needed upgrade in the secondary is crucial. 

It's uncertain if the Falcons will indeed get Samuel, as well as what all they would have to give up to get him. Remember, Atlanta doesn't have a first-round pick in the draft this year, and taking on Samuel's contract could be difficult. 

Albert Breer of the NFL Network tweeted that the best way for Samuel to land in Atlanta is whether or not the veteran corner is OK with a smaller salary.

As @JayGlazer reported -- Falcons are in trade talks with Eagles on Samuel. Samuel's willingness to take a paycut could be deciding factor.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 24, 2012

This is the biggest concern for Atlanta as it tries to strike a deal. The Falcons would need to shed salary elsewhere, meaning somebody would likely be cut. 

Nobody knows for sure what is going to happen with Samuel, but it should occur fairly soon.

The Eagles want to move Samuel before the draft so they can get additional picks and have the money to pay those guys, but trading him hasn't been all that easy, otherwise it would have happened already. 

Samuel has a history with the main man in charge of the Falcons, general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He was the director of college scouting for the New England Patriots when they drafted Samuel way back in 2003. 

Dimitroff knows what type of player Samuel is, which is why he really wants him on the team. 

Making it all work will be difficult, but it's certainly possible. Either way, the Falcons can't give up, because acquiring Samuel would significantly help them moving forward. 



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