Rumored interest in trading for cornerback Asante Samuel helped get Brent Grimes to sign his franchise tender with the Falcons, but that decision doesn’t seem to have done anything to the team’s interest in making a deal.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons are on the verge of acquiring Samuel from the Eagles in exchange for a late-round pick. The move would give the Falcons a lot of depth at cornerback as Samuel would join Grimes and Dunta Robinson in a group that needs to improve on its performance from last season.
While there are obviously plenty of details to work out, one of the biggest is how this will all work salary wise. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Falcons are talking to Samuel about reworking the final two years of his deal, a must given the $10 million price tag he currently carries to a team that’s now set to pay Grimes $10.3 million in 2012.