News finally broke today after nearly a year of trying to shop Asante Samuel around. With many people thinking they would wait until draft day, the Philadelphia Eagles traded Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons in return for only a 7th round draft pick…yeah, I’m crying too.
Samuel signed a 3-year $18.5m deal with the Falcons and will face the Eagles in their Week 8 matchup. After recording only three interceptions last season, his lowest total since 2005, the Eagles finally settled and literally gave him away for nothing. Why would the Eagles do this? Obviously, Samuel is still a great player despite his age and will greatly benefit the Falcons defense. Did the Eagles really think he was worth just a 7th round pick?
Let’s take a look back at what the recent 7th round draft picks have done for the Eagles. Dating back to the 1998 NFL Draft, the Eagles have taken a total of 20 7th round picks. The only ones that Eagles fans will actually recognize are King Dunlap, Moise Fokou, Jamar Chaney, and Kurt Coleman. Granted none of them have reached a Pro-Bowl level yet, the odds of a 7th rounder actually changing a team are very slim. Besides, Coleman is the only starter going into 2012. I honestly can not think of why the Eagles would just let Samuel go for so little.
We wish Asante Samuel all the best as he heads into the next chapter of his career in Atlanta,” said head coach Andy Reid. “He has been a very productive member of the Eagles for the past four years and we appreciate all that he has done for our organization. We obviously feel good about our cornerback situation moving forward with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as our starters. Those two played very well together in the latter part of the season and we anticipate that will continue as we head into the 2012 season
I don’t think trading Samuel to a team like the Falcons, who are on the verge of a Super Bowl season as it is, made sense to the Eagles. The Eagles play them in Week 8 and you can bet Samuel will playing extra hard to make the Eagles and the organization think twice of why they did something so stupid. Look for Samuel to cover DeSean Jackson as Mike Vick will avoid that area of the field. Revenge is something you don’t to mess with, Philadelphia.
So how mad are you that the Eagles gave Samuel away for a practice squad player? I know I am.