NFL Trade Rumors: 6 Teams That Should Be Interested in Asante Samuel
The Eagles have three starting caliber cornerbacks on their roster between Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel.
When Philadelphia first acquired Asomugha from the Raiders during free agency in the offseason they put Samuel on the trading block but ended up keeping him.
Now, with the Eagles underachieving, don't be surprised if Samuel is put on the trading block once again in order to acquire some help at other positions.
Here are a few teams who may be interested in the talented cornerback.
St. Louis Rams
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The Rams cornerback situation has gone from bad to worse as the season has progressed.
Before the Rams could even get passed the season opener three of their top four cornerbacks were out. Ron Bartell, Jerome Murphy and Mikail Baker were are all placed on injured reserve with season ending ailments.
Then, just before the bye week, Bradley Fletcher went down with a season ending knee injury, leaving the team with 36-year-old Al Harris and nickle back Justin King as starters and the backup positions wide open.
Justin King has struggled miserably in coverage and Al Harris is just plain old. To help assist the two at the position the team promoted practice squad player Josh Gordy, as well as acquiring nine-year vet Ron Hood, and Brian Jackson.
None of these five players are really suited to be starters, and Asante Samuel could help this team out immediately.
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The Colts secondary is just one of many places where the team has been picked apart this season.
The teams top player at cornerback, Jerraud Powers, has done an okay job for them, but he has not received a whole lot of help. Opposite Powers in the starting cornerback position is Jacob Lacey, who's been eaten alive by the opposing team's quarterback almost every week.
Against the Chiefs, Lacey drew the assignment of Dwyane Bowe who ended up with 128 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Then on Sunday against the Bengals, Lacey was matched up with rookie A.J. Green before being benched in the third quarter for the rest of the game and replaced by Terrence Johnson.
The Colts have never had a ton of luck at cornerback, but acquiring Asante Samuel could help turn that around.
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The Minnesota Vikings are another team who could use help in a lot of areas including the cornerback position.
The teams top corner, Antoine Winfield, is 34-years-old and has missed the Vikings' last two games with a neck injury. In Winfield's absence, Chris Cook was named as his replacement at the left corner, to go alongside Cedric Griffin at right corner.
Against the Cardinals in Week 5 the secondary didn't look too bad, pulling down three interceptions, one by backup cornerback Asher Allen and two by safety Jamarca Sanford, however against the Bears in Week 6 in was a different story. Jay Cutler had a field day throwing for 267 yards and two touchdowns and it was starter Griffin, rather than Cook, that was getting picked on.
The Vikings could use playmaker like Samuel at the corner position.
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With injuries plaguing the Ravens' cornerbacks, this is a position that has kind of been up in the air all season.
Rookie Jimmy Smith, who was expected to contribute right away, has missed the first six weeks with an ankle injury which he suffered in the preseason. Veteran cornerback Chris Carr has been battling a hamstring injury the entire season and sat out during Week 6 and Domonique Foxworth has been placed on injured reserve after being deactivated in Week 3.
Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb have been expected to hold down the cornerback position for a couple of times and have not done a bad job, but adding a player like Samuel would give the team some instant depth and assistance.
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The Detroit Lions have had a great start to their season going 5-1 but one place that the team could still use help is in the secondary.
Asante Samuel could make a great addition to the Lions roster. Not only is Samuel a shutdown cornerback, but he is also a ball hawk that likes to take risks, and with the Lions' strong defensive line putting pressure on the quarterback, Samuel would have the opportunity to get out and make plays.
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The Houston Texans are still in need of help at the cornerback position. As a whole the Texans secondary is not covering or tackling well and leaving a lot of holes for the opposing team's passing game.
Notably, Kareem Jackson has been one of the most targeted players all year by opponent's quarterbacks and has faired poorly. To replace Jackson, backup Jason Allen has gotten a few starts, but a Asante Samuel could definitely help this roster.