Why the Philadelphia Eagles Should Trade Asante Samuel

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Remember not too long ago when there was a large concern about the Eagles defense and who would play corner opposite Asante Samuel?  Well, that answer appeared to come when the Eagles shipped Kevin Kolb off to Arizona in turn for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

At this point, things were looking good, and it was time to start addressing other areas of concern.  Or was it?

Just as it seemed like the Jets were about to have a tandem of the two most talented corners in the NFL, the Eagles magically swooped in and landed Nnamdi Asomugha. 

Just like that, the issue of not enough corners turned into questions about who would play where.  How could they keep them all?

Soon after the Asomugha deal went down, rumors began to swirl around about trading Samuel.  What could they get in return?

Sources began to report that the Eagles wanted a first-round pick for Samuel.  However, that doesn’t go with the strategy the team has been going with all offseason.  Getting a first-round draft pick in 2012 isn’t going to help you win in 2011.

Trading Samuel does present an interesting case, though.  The team looks good on paper, but there’s no doubting it could look better.

So what would they trade for?  How about the dominating linebacker we’ve all been craving for the longest time? 

As it stands now, the Eagles have a very young group of linebackers who are projected to start.  Behind them are even more young players.

This isn’t meant to be a knock on their talent, but they’re all still trying to develop.  They could all be extremely talented down the line, but again, the Eagles want to win right now.

They have three Pro Bowl corners on the roster.  They don’t have a single linebacker on the team who has been remotely close to that kind of recognition.  Maybe someday, but not right now.

You want to win right now?  Why not add another dominant defensive player to the defense that can help the Eagles do so and also help mold the young linebackers of the future?