According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, two NFL sources have reported that the Denver Broncos have attempted to swindle a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for their four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Klis claims there have been two offers from the Broncos organization, however, neither is believed to have come close to what the Eagles were hoping to receive for Samuel’s services.
The first of the two offers is said to be a late round draft selection in this years draft. The second was involving a player-for-player trade, although who the Eagles might have received has yet to be disclosed.
In a pass first, run second league, each of the 32 NFL teams are always on the hunt for a quality starting cornerback. As it currently stands there is just one team out of those 32 that has an abundance of highly talented, elite, CB’s and that is the Philadelphia Eagles — well on paper anyways. The reports have oozed from every media outlet regarding the overwhelming likelihood that Samuel would be traded. Everything from potential teams to his trade value. It’s clear the Eagles front office is looking to move Asante prior to the draft next Thursday, or use him as trade bait during the draft.
There are two main reasons why Philadelphia is entertaining offers for such a quality player.
First there is the acquisitions of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during free agency last year. While Samuel is clearly the more proven between he and DRC, his (Samuel) production took a serious hit during his 2011 campaign. Combined with his age (31), the lack of effort in his tackling, and the belief that the Eagles defense is transitioning to a press scheme, the pieces to the Samuel’s trade puzzle has already been outlined.
The second is his salary. Asante is schedule to make $9.9 million in 2012 and another $11.4 million in 2013, none of which is guaranteed. So the point of Asante needing to take a cut in his pay in moot. The bigger point is the fact that the Eagles organization needs to free up some cap space to extend RB LeSean McCoy’s contract. McCoy and the Eagles have been discussing a contract re-negotiation since the end of the 2011 season and it’s clear they are simply waiting for Asante to get traded so they can resign McCoy with ease.
Denver has struck out twice in their hopes to land Asante. Could a third time be the charm for the Broncos? Or will Denver elect to stick with 11-year veteran Champ Bailey and newly acquired Tracy Porter? They could also opt to draft a player with one of their picks in the first through third rounds.
As for Philadelphia, they should be able to get nothing less than a fourth-round pick for Asante. This tells me the Broncos appear interested, but if they aren’t even willing to part with a fourth for Asante…are they really that interested?
I don’t believe so.
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