With the NFL Draft only three days, talks surrounding Asante Samuel have been hotter than ever. Sources state that the Eagles already received and turned down numerous offers for the former Pro-Bowl cornerback, so what is it the Eagles are waiting for?
After turning away a 5th or 6th round draft pick and an undisclosed player from the Denver Broncos, the Eagles are appearing desperate. Now, the Eagles will accept anything they can get, including the already offered 5th or 6th round pick. The Eagles were looking for a 3rd-4th round range, but after a lack of offers, the Eagles will settle for less. That reason right there is why Asante Samuel will not return next year.
1. He’s a steal! As I already mentioned, the Eagles are willing to accept a deal they already turned away. Trading Samuel for a 5th round pick is a great deal for the team on the receiving end, because we all know what Asante is capable of. It has not been confirmed whether the terms are a 5th or a 6th, or if it’s a 5th and a 6th, but either way, when rumor first broke of the Eagles taking offers, I immediately thought he was worth a second-round pick.
2. Asante Samuel already stated that he is willing to restructure his contract. This shows teams he is willing to take a significant pay cut in his salary to be a part of another franchise and he is easy to work with. The 31-year old veteran still does bring a lot to the table for his age, and not being greedy is a definite plus.
3. The Eagles had enough of his tackling ability. Even though I am a huge fan of Asante, I will be the first to say is tackling ability is not the best. After having the kind of season the Eagles had last year, a let-down is not in the 2012 game plan for the Eagles. With defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in his second year at the position, he will be ready to light the team on fire in hopes of starting the season right where they left off last year. I expect this Eagles defense to be making a lot of big plays in 2012, and Samuel and his non-tackling abilities are not a part of it.
4. Adding to the list of his flaws, Asante isn’t what Andy Reid typically likes to have on his roster. Asante is 31-years old, just over the tipping age for Andy Reid’s liking. With age comes injury and over the past two seasons, Samuel has missed a total of seven games for the Eagles. While it may not seem like a big deal now, think about how the outcome could’ve been if he were playing. It is no doubt that he has declined since 2009.
5. Again, he’s a steal. Asante has 45 career interceptions and 368 tackles; eye-popping numbers for only playing nine seasons. Even though the 5′ 10″ corner does have the ‘interception-first’ mentality, it pays off and has numbers to show for it. Granted he will go for the big catch and let up a touchdown every now and then, the Eagles are giving away great talent for a potential bust in the 5th or 6th round. Anyone with Asante on their team will benefit, and the Eagles will have to be the team yet again known for giving away great players.