Philadelphia Eagles: Choosing Between DeSean Jackson and Asante Samuel

WesAnalyst IJuly 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21: A Philadelphia Eagles' fan sits dejected in the stands after their 19-16 loss to the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field October 21, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Asante Samuel could have pouted, whined and acted like a petulant child when the Eagles traded for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and landed free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Following the trade to get DRC, the Eagles tossed out his old contract which called for him to earn $950,000 this year and agreed to a six-year, $16 million deal including $9 million guaranteed. To win the Asomugha sweepstakes, Philadelphia's front office agreed to pay the highly-coveted free agent $60 million over five years, including $25 million guaranteed. 

To Samuel's credit, he took the high road and asked the Eagles not to trade him according to a report from

Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson decided to take his ball and go home because he felt his production is worth more than his 2011 salary, which calls for him to earn $565,000.

While Jackson sat at home Santonio Holmes signed a five-year deal worth $50 million including $24 million guaranteed with the New York Jets and Sidney Rice inked a five-year deal worth $41 million, including $18.5 million guaranteed.

Everyone agrees Jackson should get paid more. The disagreement arises when people try to put a monetary value on his worth.

Following the Asomugha signing the talk around Philadelphia is what will happen to the Samuel and Jackson.

The Eagles could shock us once again and figure out a way to keep Samuel and Jackson. But the $120 million salary cap in place will likely lead the Eagles to answer the following question: Do you keep Samuel or Jackson?

If the Eagles decide to keep Samuel they will undoubtedly have the best collection of cornerbacks in the NFL and the opportunity to run unique defensive packages that could suffocate any offensive passing attack.

The downside in the report comes when Samuel's agent, Alonzo Shavers, said, "In this defense it makes no sense to move Asante to the nickel. I don't think the numbers suggest that that's something he would want to do."

If Samuel is unwilling to take on certain roles the Eagles may have no choice but to trade him.

The motivation to get Jackson back on the field is obvious.

He puts pressure on opposing defenses and opens things up for the rest of the Eagles offense. He gives the team big-play ability and prevents the offense from having to find a way to replace him.

The downside to resigning Jackson is a bit of stretch, but one does exist. If the Eagles shell out a deal similar to Holmes and Rice, what will Jeremy Maclin say?

Maclin was drafted higher than Jackson and has put up better numbers as a receiver than Jackson. He could potentially hold out next season when his contract calls for him to only make $993,250.

If you had to decide, who you takin?


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