Asante Samuel trade talks have been plentiful over the offseason. First the Titans were interested. Then Denver and most recently the Atlanta Falcons. However, according to a report by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Eagles and Falcons have agreed in principal to a trade. The compensation is agreed upon, and believed to be a late round pick. My guess is that it is a fifth rounder. The final hurdle is Asante’s contract. It is believed that the Falcons GM and Asante’s agent are working directly in order to get the trade done before the NFL draft which starts tomorrow night. However, if the compensation really is a 5th round pick, they would presumably have until Saturday, when the 5th round of the NFL draft commences, to complete this trade.
If this trade does transpire, who wins? On paper it looks like a huge win for the Falcons as they are picking up a ball-hawking, big-play Pro Bowl cornerback for a 5th round draft pick. However, due to his immense salary of $21.3 million over the next two season this gives the Eagles a bunch of cap room flexibility. Perhaps Shady can get his contract extension before the season starts with a move like this.
But why would the Eagles want to trade such a great player? Trading Asante is the final act of the 2011 offseason where they acquired pro bowl cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, whom the latter would fill Asante’s old starting role. Add in the fact that Juan Castillo’s new scheme is a poor fit for Asante’s style of play and this makes it a solid, but not great move by the Eagles.
What do you think Eagles nation? Is this a great or poor decision by your Philadelphia Eagles?
Update: The Atlanta Falcons have acquired Asante Samuel for an undisclosed late round pick.