Eagles got a seventh-round pick for Asante Samuel

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After a string of trades in recent years that, in hindsight, clearly favored the Eagles, it’ll be hard to ever say that they got the better of their latest deal.

The Eagles and Falcons have each announced the transaction that sent cornerback Asante Samuel to Atlanta.  The Falcons describe the compensation as an “undisclosed” draft pick.  The Eagles freely admit they’ll be getting only a seventh-round selection.

Samuel joined the Eagles on the first day of free agency in 2008, after starting his career with the Patriots.  Rendered less relevant in 2011 via the acquisition of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles kept Samuel around because he had an affordable salary and a relatively low cap number.

That changed in 2012, with both numbers jumping into eight figures.

From the Eagles’ perspective, a seventh-round pick is still a win.  If they hadn’t been able to trade Samuel, they undoubtedly would have released him.

The Falcons were nevertheless happy to give up the draft pick.  “We just improved our team today,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.  “Asante Samuel is a good football player and you can never have enough good players on your team.  Our game has become more of a passing game, and you have to have the players who can neutralize how offenses are trying to attack you.”

“We wish Asante Samuel all the best as he heads into the next chapter of his career in Atlanta,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said.  “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.”

Samuel had clamored for a trade from time to time over the past several months.  The Eagles likely could have gotten more if they’d done the deal last season.

They definitely couldn’t have gotten less.

95 responses to “Eagles got a seventh-round pick for Asante Samuel

  1. This is a big why? Maybe the restructured contract saved the Eagles a cap hit if they had just released him. They should pay Buffalo to help them select a left tackle with the pick from Atlanta.

  2. Breaking News! Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff indicted for Grand Larceny.

    Michael Vick lends orange jumpsuit to Philadelphia Police.

  3. Steal for the Diirty Biiirds. Find it hard to believe they could not find a better deal then a 7th! Bucs would have sent a 5th

  4. Great move for Atlanta? We’ll see when he gets burnt on a double move or forced to make a tackle and all he does is jump on the ground to make it look like an attempt… good riddance. Wrap up Mccoy and Maclin long term… continue to take care of our own.

  5. The guy’s led the NFL in picks two of the last three years, and not only is it for a 7th, but he renegotiates for a smaller contract?

    Good day for Atlanta fans.

  6. You heard it here first:
    Oct. 28th, Falcons at Eagles – 2 picks for Asante; one a pick-6, returned up the sideline, waving the ball under the fat man’s nose.

  7. Any time you can pick up a player of Asante Samuels ability for a 7th round its been a good day for your team and front office….its similar to the way we got Demeco Ryans.We are going “man on man” this year (which has been a long time coming by the way,if we would had made this trade last year we may have been a playoff team) and that is not Asante and a different scheme for the Texans is why they traded Ryans.I would have like to see Samuel go to the AFC but good for Asante he is going to a playoff team he certainly will help.Everybody needs to lighten up ripping Samuel about his tackling,Deon Sanders couldn’t tackle my sister but he has a spot in the HOF.

  8. At least it wasn’t for Mr Irrevelant!

    Not that it matters all that much, but was it for their #22 pick in the 7th round or their #42 compensatory pick?

  9. Anyone who plays fantasy football knows the Falcons were awful against the pass this past year. This instantly makes their team a LOT better. Huge pickup that fills a huge need. Well done.

  10. doctorfootball says: Apr 25, 2012 5:17 PM

    A 7th rounder? Wow! The Eagles wanted this guy off their team badly
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    More than you know!

  11. as an Eagles fan, Asante was about as useless as he could have been last year. He’s not a cover corner, it’s rediculous to me that the notion is even tossed around. He’s a good zone corner on a team that likes to blitz alot, so he can do what he does best, which is having the defense force the QB into a quick decision so he can read the play and jump routes. He’s exceptional at that. The Eagles last year tried to switch defensive philosophies, blitzing far far less and playing press, man coverage on the outside. It was forcing a round peg in a square hole because Asante can’t cover anyone if the QB has time to throw, any route that lasts longer then 1.5-2 seconds and he will get burnt. He refuses to play press, he plays 8-10 yards off the line of scrimmage, he can only strictly play left cornerback which was incredibly frustrating because Nnamdi couldnt take the other teams best wr and play man every play, offenses would just motion him towards Asante. It was rediculous, he was useless, and on top of that because of how he plays, he made it harder for Nnamdi because the Eagles had to play zone coverage some of the time to help Asante and Nnamdi couldnt play to his strengths, which also meshed with the style of the defense. Oh lets not forget that he’s an NFL player who can’t/can not/ does not/will not tackle anyone, ever. Get used to bubble screens Atlanta, because you will be seeing them, 15-20 times a week for the next 3 years.

  12. I don’t think it’s about the 7th rd. pick so much as the 18.5 million for 3 years salary. He wasn’t going to play for Philly without a new deal and there weren’t a lot of teams out there willing to pay that kind of money for what he has left in the tank.
    Did Atlanta get a steal? We can’t know unless we could tell who they’ll have to pass up in the next few years because they no longer have the cap space.

  13. Congrats Falcons. You got a corner that is elite of playing off coverage on the left side of the field only. He sucks at tackling, run support, refuses to play bump and run an has a bad attitude. Oh yeah, he bites on EVERY double move. Good luck

  14. Hey thanks Atlanta. If he was that valuable other teams would have been knocking at our door. Who ever we draft in the seventh round will give us more and a better attitude and will be willing to tackle somebody.

  15. Where are my Vikings is this? They are not interested in a 7th rounder for a starting corner, when you don’t have any starters… damn. Send them a 6th round pick and get a solid corner.

  16. I guess it’s better than nothing….then again with the way the past few drafts have gone for the Eagles nothing would have been a better deal.

  17. Huge move for Atlanta. Now they will lose their next playoff game 21-2 instead of 24-2. Maybe they will try Asante leaping over the pile to try to pick up 4th and 1. He can’t screw it up any worse than “Matty Ice” did.

  18. Geez, was he that much of a headache? Next to Revis, not many better. Don’t really get the basketball me first pay attention-respect attitude of wide receivers,and cornerbacks. That crap alone makes them 2nd, or 3rd rounders, and the better they are the more B.S. ya gotta deal with.

  19. He led the league in INTs in 09 and 10…and as far as last year teams stayed away from throwing to him as much bc they attacked Nnhamdi and exploited the fact that hes not as good as they made him seem in Oakland . “He was targeted 69 times all season, according to Stats Inc., and allowed just 31 receptions for 386 yards.” quote from chris McPherson

  20. Of course they wanted him off the team. Trade him for ones of the last picks in the draft or get nothing and release him. Plus take a cap hit. Trade or no trade he was not going to be an Eagle this season.

    Is a restructure coming? That would explain things like the Bucs would have given a 5th. IF they would have, it makes sense for him to nix that trade by saying he would not restructure.

    In Atlanta he has a likely playoff berth. In TB, far less likely.

    Deal makes sense for both. Hard for Eagles to have been ripped off when they got something for someone they did not want.

  21. A typical Eagles just being the Eagles move, clear cap space and move on from a aging player who’s better days are over. Samuel also wasn’t a good fit in the defensive scheme, much like how Demeco Ryan’s didn’t fit the Texans anymore.

  22. HAHA have fun with him. Thanks for the memories and picks Asante, but you can only have so many soft players on a defense, something the birds learned last season.

  23. Ahh see the restructuring article now. Surprised the numbers dont total more then $21 million with back end money that he wouldn’t see.
    That’s actually a good sign about his attitude/ego.

    Where are the Vikings…Again he basically had a no trade clause with his ability to say if he was traded to a non playoff contender, it would cost that team the current deal. The Vikings may need a CB. But they dont need one at the end of his career for that salary.

  24. He is a great player, good for the Falcons. As a Eagle fan, I am glad they got him somewhere he will be used, and got something, even a seventh rounder. The Eagles got 22 mil off the cap for the next two years, for a position they have covered. Good luck, Asante, thank you. Good job Eagles, you helped him out by working with him.

  25. I’m glad he’s gone.. most overrated corner in the league.. He single handedly cost us 3 games last year by getting burnt or missing an easy tackle.. He’s a selfish me first player that will not be missed.. Now let’s trade Desean… 5th rounder? anyone? I think he is overrated as well.. I hated to see us lock him up.

  26. Don’t forget – no NFL team was willing to send a 6th round pick for him, or even a better 7th round pick.

  27. I liked Asante but all 3 of those corners(Nnamdi, DRC,Asante) pretty much stunk in the slot. Joselio can play the slot better and all Asante was was a ball hawk and as you can see with the D the Eagles play now you’ll see less INT’s from CB’s and more from Safeties. We just need the CB’s to free up time for the D line to get to the QB. As for the Falcons, Asante is still a good corner but now you have 2 very small outside corners starting. Don’t the Falcons have to see Megatron this year? Uh, oh!

  28. After hearing the news about Samuels going to the Falcons Drew Brees has decided to sign his franchise tag tender. He said he can’t miss out on the opportunity to throw for 1000 yards in one game against the Falcons.

  29. Falcons know that they’re not getting a shutdown corner, but he’s definitely an upgrade and certainly a better bet to contribute than a low 7th rounder…..As far as the Eagles, they know what they’re doing from a personnel perspective, and this is the type of deal/ giveaway you sometimes have to do when you load up on veterans the way they did last season…

  30. Everyone thinks Eagles got screwed on this deal, and I do agree that this is highway robbery, but when you look at it from the Eagles front office. They Eagles front office just saved 10 million dollars. Now some may think that is a good thing for the fans, but the reality is the Eagles will not use any of the money they just saved to better the team. So this actually makes the Eagles worse and gives them less depth at CB which could cost them the season if Namdi or DRC get injured or carry thier horrible play to next season. As a Eagles fan I can say that I think this trade is just horrible and Eagle fans should be PISSED off. We got ROBBED and the only people this hurts is Eagles fans. We are the real losers in this deal. Eagles save money, Atlanta gets a Pro Bowl CB who always shows up in big games, while we the fans get a weaker secondary.

  31. I was getting tired of the Eagles fleecing other teams getting prime draft picks for overrated players.
    Finally that has come to an end, and for that I am thankful

  32. Seems like a great trade for the Falcons. Not a shutdown corner but a team can not have enough quality corners and he is most certainly a high quality corner

  33. Figured we wouldn’t get higher than a 5th, but a 7th for Asante makes me scratch my head a little. For all his shortcomings, he had a knack for coming up with the big play in big moments.

  34. Over the years, it’s hard to fault the personnel decisions they’ve made when they trade a player or release one, or don’t renew a contract–Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent, Duce Staley, Hugh Douglas, Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, etc. All of them high profile players for the Eagles and NONE of them did anything for their new franchises–Taylor lasted 1 year in Seattle and then was out of the league; Vincent was switched to safety by a Buffalo team that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs in at least 10 years; Douglas lasted 1 season in Jax; Trotter lasted 2 injury plagued years in DC; Owens went to the hated Cowboys and arguably tore that locker room apart; McNabb didn’t do anything in Washington; Kolb brought the Eagles a good corner and an extra 2nd round pick in this draft; Dawkins played 3 years in Denver, but when they played in the playoffs last year, he was injured; Westbrook played 1 year for the 49ers; only Staley has a SB ring from his 2 years with the Steelers, but he was so injury prone in both years, he wasn’t a major contibutor to their SB title.

    Samuel did what they paid him to do the first year–but then, he had disagreements with the defensive coaching staff, he won’t tackle in run support, and if your DL or blitzing LBs don’t get to the QB in a timely manner, he gets burned. He wanted to renegotiate his contract at least for the last 2 years, and wanted a trade–could have gone to Detroit last year, but he refused to redo his deal.

    Believe me, if it’s one thing the Eagles are good at, it’s they know when a player’s time is up.

    Atlanta will have the same problem the Eagles had last year–Grimes has never played the slot, and Robinson last played it in 2008.

  35. From a Philly fan: ATL got a good deal. Better than cutting him for nothing. Good luck Asante.

  36. batyuki says:
    Apr 25, 2012 5:08 PM
    Title should read : “Eagles got screwed”

    —————

    Or “batyuki has no clue what he’s talking about.”

    Asante didn’t fit the Eagles scheme anymore, and he was going to be expensive. Any compensation is a win.

  37. All 32 teams knew that the agles were trying to get whatever they could for an older guy, who is very good too imo, they were going to have to release to free space to do other deals for younger guys. So ATL gave a 7th for his rights, rather than having to chase him in eventual free agency.

    That’s what happend. Not that the eagles think 7th is “fair” compensation for what asante samuel does on the field. Just that a 7th is better than an empty palm, and giving a 7th is better for ATL then chasing Asante on the market.

  38. I love how all the Samuel haters are coming out of the woodwork… I bet most are Philly fans who had nothing but good things to say of Samuel up until a few months ago.

    I also find it hilarious that most of the Eagle fans here kept believing they were going to steal Lofton from Atlanta… The Lord works in mysterious ways.

  39. Man are you kidding me. The Bears could have sent them a Chicago Style deep dish pizza and Jay Cutler’s jock strap and it’d be more than what the Falcons sent.

  40. Once upon a time the Pat wanted 2 first round pick for this guy. Falcons got a steal here, AS can still ball in any zone defense.

  41. “Steal for the Diirty Biiirds. Find it hard to believe they could not find a better deal then a 7th! Bucs would have sent a 5th”

    Do you work the Bucs?

  42. Can’t believe a team desperate (Vikes etc..) for secondary help wouldn’t give up a 6th (or a higher 7th) for him. Speaks volumes about what talent evaluators around the league must think of him…

  43. The guy’s led the NFL in picks two of the last three years, and not only is it for a 7th, but he renegotiates for a smaller contract?

    Good day for Atlanta fans

    Soon, you’ll learn what the Patriots and Eagles learned.

  44. Now all that Philly is left with is Nnoti Asgoodasadvertised* and Don’t Really-Care*

    (* names courtesy of my friend at the Blue Screen, “New York Giants Football”)

  45. As a long time Eagles fan I’m sad to see Asante go but at the end of the day there are younger players the Eagles need to put their money towards, I’m sure in the next couple of days McCoy will have a big nice raise thanks to this move! Good luck Asante and thanks for the memories!

  46. The zin master of all trades, Philly rapes Atlanta
    for a seventh round pick. Thats getting the best
    of them….

  47. philly6725 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 5:25 PM
    as an Eagles fan, Asante was about as useless as he could have been last year. He’s not a cover corner, it’s rediculous to me that the notion is even tossed around. He’s a good zone corner on a team that likes to blitz alot, so he can do what he does best, which is having the defense force the QB into a quick decision so he can read the play and jump routes. He’s exceptional at that. The Eagles last year tried to switch defensive philosophies, blitzing far far less and playing press, man coverage on the outside. It was forcing a round peg in a square hole because Asante can’t cover anyone if the QB has time to throw, any route that lasts longer then 1.5-2 seconds and he will get burnt. He refuses to play press, he plays 8-10 yards off the line of scrimmage, he can only strictly play left cornerback which was incredibly frustrating because Nnamdi couldnt take the other teams best wr and play man every play, offenses would just motion him towards Asante. It was rediculous, he was useless, and on top of that because of how he plays, he made it harder for Nnamdi because the Eagles had to play zone coverage some of the time to help Asante and Nnamdi couldnt play to his strengths, which also meshed with the style of the defense. Oh lets not forget that he’s an NFL player who can’t/can not/ does not/will not tackle anyone, ever. Get used to bubble screens Atlanta, because you will be seeing them, 15-20 times a week for the next 3 years.
    ________________________________

    Spot on

  48. I don’t care what anyone have to say . F… Andy ,Joe, and Howie no way this was good for the team. If Juan dumb Ass play any type of zone everyone of you should be fired. That fam idiot continued to play it all season even when Asante was hurt . To you dumbass bandwagoners who say Asante didn’t fit the scheme look at the dam games . We barely won the last four games because of zone play . Teams got back in the games we lost because he played zone in the end . Scheme what scheme this dumb m…erf….. probably can’t spell scheme. All this because he said they were playing fantasy football. Saving money my Ass check the salary cap they could have gotten shady extended. No way Andy should’ve done this s…. He is too comfortable and I know Juan is going to play that same dumb Ass scheme he tried to implicate last year . Any f…ING idiot could have made that defense work last ye. ar but him. Now Asante is the scapegoat. He didn’t have Nhamdi play zone with safetys that couldn’t cover a bed let alone a receiver. No Juan did , he did call zone plays at the end of those games ,Juan dumb Ass did. I’m tired of these arrogant mother……

  49. Not only didn’t Samuel “clamor” for a trade, he bitched and moaned because the Eagles admitted listening to offers for a trade. He said he wanted to complete his career as an Eagle.

    Lawyers can’t help but continually illustrate why people are correct to consider them human slime.

  50. TheWizard says:
    Apr 25, 2012 6:29 PM
    The guy’s led the NFL in picks two of the last three years, and not only is it for a 7th, but he renegotiates for a smaller contract?

    Good day for Atlanta fans
    ****
    Soon, you’ll learn what the Patriots and Eagles learned.

    __
    What? How to cheat in the NFL?

  51. Desperate move to clear cap space.. I wish the NFL wasn’t all about business. Asante Samuel is a great player and should have been treated w/class. Thanks for everything Asante, coming from a diehard Eagles fan.

  52. Alright Eagles fans, let’s look at things a little more closely:
    A previously solid defense regressed under newly converted Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo (changed from Offensive Line Coach).
    Castillo, having 3 Pro Bowl Man to Man Coverage-playing ball hawking Cornerbacks at his disposal (Asomoghua, DRC, & Samuel), choses instead to employ them in a zone coverage scheme that none of them excelled at.
    And somehow, that makes Samuel damaged goods?
    Whatever gets you through the night.
    But you should’ve tried to get a 7th rounder for that scrub of a DC.
    Samuel will likely succeed in Atlanta, especially with the Saints imploding with a new scandal seemingly breaking every couple of days.
    Do let us know how that 7th rounder pans out.

  53. I have to say that 86% of u are idiots. Eagles need to pay shady McCoy. Their defense went from playing zone to man. Asante doesn’t play man. This was a win win for both. I loved Asante while he was in Philly. But ur a fool if u think Philly disrespected him. Atlanta got Asante for the same reason the eagles got DeMeco Ryans. Change in defensive scheme. Maybe u jackasses should learn the game of football rather than just spurt opinions here that prove ur stupidity.

    #InAndyITrust

  54. Asante has only so many tackles left in that shoulder at his age. Now the falcons can watch him whiff as the recivers run by.

  55. Looks like this time the eagles got the shorter end of the stick, how you go from wanting 3rd and 4th round to 4th and 5th round and settling for a seventh round pick? As a broncos fan, im glad the broncos didn’t get him but this is a steal for the falcons, they gave pretty much nothing for him. What talent are you gonna find in the seventh round who can contribute right away.Samuel will be on the opposing side of grimes and this duo will give WRs headaches

  56. If it was such a steal how come nobody offered more? It’s a pretty tough cap hit because Samuel won’t extend his contract for less money. He’s on the wrong side of 30.

  57. Jezi- They “wanted a 3rd” because, after getting a 2nd and 4th for mcnabb and a 2nd and a CB for kolb, why not ask for a 3rd for a brand-name guy you’re gonna cut anyway? They wanted anything. they set the price at a third to see who they could snow. Didn’t happen this time, but has in the past, and will again.

  58. Are you FORKING kidding me??? This is a huge mistake. I hope for Reid s sake that DRC plays well. They made a huge mistake years ago letting Dawkins walk and haven’t found even a decent replacement , even after using low round draft pick after draft pick . As an Eagles fan its hard to feel ok with them getting rid of a corner of his caliber for basically nothing. The cap number is an excuse bc he is restructuring his contract as part of the trade. He always said he wanted to stay in philly so you know he would’ve restructured his contract for them ad well.

  59. The fact that the falcons were the only team interested, and the fact that they only had to give a 7th rounder for him, speaks volumes about his personality. Apparently Asante is not the best team mate in the world. He can play, but are a few impact plays worth it if he ruins the team chemistry?

  60. Sounds like typical eagles fans: talk trash about a guy that you were rooting for a minute ago. All I keep reading is how “he can’t tackle” and “he’s washed up” but yet he only allowed less than 2 receptions a game all of last season. I guess his decline in interceptions had nothing to do with him being targeted only 4 times a game and the opposing team exploiting nnamdi and drc. You eagles fan crack me up. My Falcons pass defense was dreadful awful terrible horrid last year. I’ll GLADLY take a 31 year old corner with some gas left in the tank over a 7th founder who woulda got cut before preseason started.

  61. The true analysis is NOT even close to if the 7th round pick’s playing ability > Asante’s playing ability. The comparison should if having $10m more (either to save or spend with new cap room) + 7th round pick > Asante (on a team that already has Nnamdi and DRC). If the Eagles would have released him anyways, then obviously this deal is good unless they were getting better offers from other teams which I am sure they were not. I think this is a fine deal for both teams.

  62. Okay, now that that’s done trade the 5th round pick plus a late rounder in 2013 for Osi Umenyiora to start in place of Ray Edwards. Falcons need a pass rush like the US economy needs jobs.

  63. Let’s boil it down:

    The Eagles signed him as a free agent, with no compensation to the Patriots.

    Samuel intercepted as many passes in a two year period than any player in their history.

    The Eagles got a draft pick for a guy they were going to cut.

    To recap: The Eagles gave up nothing for a CB who gave them 3 great years at a reasonable price and then flipped him for a draft pick saving them tens of millions of dollars.

    And the Eagles are to be criticized for what exactly?

  64. Victor Cruz is laughing somewhere. Asante Samuel played better than DRC & Asomoghua.

    Look at the tape, he torched #24 in both games last year.

  65. Before Trade: Asante is an old, expensive, and overrated CB. Not even worth a 7th round pick.

    After Trade: Asante will have 2 ints and a pick six when the two teams meet. Also a steal for a 7th round pick.

    As an Eagles Fan I want to chop my balls off for the added asset of one whole 7th round pick. We should also try to trade our 7th for Clay Matthews.

  66. I guess your dumb Ass makes up the whole 86% .@ gallaghedj311 . I watched every game the eagles played last year sometimes twice. Like I said that dumb Ass Juan went to zone at the end of most those games. When Asante didn’t play why did he go to zone. You need to shut the .uck up about s… you evidently don’t know about . You dumb asses get up here and talk about the stuff you here from reporters after the fact. Watch every game every season then talk know that if Nhamdi jam a man and let him go that is not playing man It’s called redirecting them so that when he is looking crazy waiting on the running back or someone to come out in the flats that’s zone. This situation should have been handled better. Curtis Marsh will be alright he just got to get used to the position. Regardless Asante should have been traded for more than just a seventh round pick. That’s just disgraceful I see why Dawkins is hesitant about coming back signing a one day contract. This front office doesn’t know the meaning of respect period.

  67. @NFL fan you look at the game each time Mr Cruz scored Nhamdi was playing zone . With basically a rookie safety helping out.

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