Four season and 23 interceptions later, the Philadelphia Eagles may be parting ways with cornerback Asante Samuel. Rumors and speculation of a possible trade have been going on ever since the Eagles acquired Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last offseason. Once the Eagles landed the two hot corners, many people thought Asante’s time as an Eagles would be over. A year later, here we sit having the same conversation.
It is no doubt Asante is a high-risk player who has had a history of injuries. The 31-year old has missed seven games over the past two years and the Eagles have admitted they are open to any trade talks. What does teammate Nnamdi Asomugha have to say? Well according to Eric Edholm of ProFootball Weekly via Twitter, Nnamdi had this to say:
”I have no comment on that. We’ll be a good defense either way.”
So, what does this tell you about the chemistry between the defensive players? Honestly, I do not think it was intentional to sound like he doesn’t care about Asante. When stating they’ll be a good defense either way, I think it was his way of deferring the question, but it kind of came off in the wrong way. However, if Asante is indeed traded, will the defense be good ‘either way?’
There have been rumors that teams like the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Minnesota Vikings have expressed interest in Samuel, but nothing has developed. Last year in their first season together, the Asomugha, Samuel and DRC trio kind of disappointed fans. Whether it was the fact they needed to form that chemistry together or if three was just too much to handle, the defense crumbled many times. I am a big fan of Asante, but I do not think he will be returning next year. He is too injury-prone for a starter and gives up too many big plays with his inability to tackle. DRC is a young player with speed and the ability to break out as a top corner in this league still.
Next season, expect the Eagles to be just like Nnamdi stated. The much needed offseason and training camp will bring this defense together once more under Juan Castillo and as a team, they’ll work out all the kinks that kept them out of the playoffs last season.