Talk of Eagles trading Asante Samuel heats up


A week after saying he doesn’t know if he’s in the Eagles’ plans, cornerback Asante Samuel is talking about what his future destination might be.

On Twitter Saturday night, Samuel asked his followers, “If they trade me where would you guys like to see me go?”

Samuel’s question may have been inspired by comments from Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman, who compared the Eagles’ current cornerback situation with Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles’ former quarterback situation with Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. The Eagles ended up trading both McNabb and Kolb, and Roseman hinted that trading Samuel may be in the cards this year.

“Whenever you have a surplus at a particular position there are talks around the league, people call and your phone does ring,” Roseman told the News Journal, “and that’s happened in the past couple years by our quarterback situation.”

Roseman said that when the Eagles’ phone does ring, they’ll answer.

“We’re always open to phone calls and to seeing if something works,” Roseman said, “and really if there are win-win situations for particular teams and particular players, we’ll look at that and make a decision kind of in a vacuum.”

One way or another, Roseman said, he believes the players the Eagles do have on their defense will work together better in 2012 than they did in 2011 because this year they’ll have a full offseason together.

“Last year was a unique situation in terms of practice time and preparation time, so I think that it gives us an opportunity with this offseason, with a normal offseason, to kind of jell together,” Roseman said.

But Samuel may not be a part of that.

65 responses to “Talk of Eagles trading Asante Samuel heats up

  1. @joetoronto or you could get in line for the best off cover corner in the league who has 39 interceptions and 3 touchdowns in 6 years and still gives up barely any touchdowns…

  2. I see this situation a little differently. When the Birds had the three QB’s management knew McNabb was done. I don’t think any of their corners are near done. I’d try to keep them all in this pass happy league. And as everyone knows, the Eagles are masters at playing their cards close to the vest and using the media for mis-information.

  3. Not a good time to be inheriting his contract. 2012 salary: $8.4MM; 2013 salary $10.4MM. Just turned 31.

    Having said that, PHI seems to get teams to part with picks for guys in just this kind of situation, so who knows?

  4. My money is on Arizona. They got suckered on Kolb last year. Why not double down in 2012? Like P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a Cardinals GM born every minute.”

  5. drc23philly says: Feb 19, 2012 7:21 AM

    @joetoronto or you could get in line for the best off cover corner in the league who has 39 interceptions and 3 touchdowns in 6 years and still gives up barely any touchdowns…
    You’re blinded by numbers, drc23philly.

    The guy is as overrated as they come and won’t get his nose dirty.

  6. They have to trade him; Juan Castillo proved last year that he isn’t creative enough to use a Man-press and a Zone corner simultaneously.

  7. The Rooneys would NEVER do it… but for “i wish” sake id love to see him in Black N Yellow and boot William Gay’s butt out… Ike and Asante… they have a lil age… but tons of EXP and a FEW SB rings…

  8. I thought you guys had the Dream Team?! No one was going to score on the greatest corner tandem ever assembled!

    Now you want him out?

    It’s OK, I guess. Nnamdi led all those shutdown Raiders defenses, it’s only a matter of time before he brings it in Philthy.

    It must suck being an Eagles fan. KNOWING you have the best team every year and having that darn bad luck get in the way.

  9. Whoever trades is going to have to be able to afford a 10m a year CB though. 8.5 this year, 10m next year, and with any extension you’ll still be paying him 8m a year or so…..Samuel’s only 5’10″….why does everyone say Janoris Jenkins is too small, he’s 5’10” as well. Stupid talking heads..

  10. CKL says:
    Feb 19, 2012 7:42 AM
    I’m a Pats fan, so I’d like to see him on the Jets.

    He did not have a great yaear, but the whole eagles D had a bad year. As a Patritos fan, I would hate to have to play against him twice a year….along with Revis.

  11. i think the best trade for him is Carolina, they have his old coordinator and they have a huge hole at CB.

  12. @joetoronto and DRC23Philly….they are all “soft”. at least you get something from Asante in the turnover department.

    This season, Asomugha missed 12 of his 52 tackle attempts (23 percent). That ranks him 100th out of 101 qualifying cornerbacks in the league.

    Rodgers-Cromartie missed 7 of 32 tackles (21.9 percent). That rates him as the 98th best tackling cornerback in the NFL.

    Asante Samuel missed 8 of his 38 tackles (21.1 percent). That rates him as the 91st best tackling corner in the league.

  13. @ joetoronto blinded by numbers? having watched every eagles game last year, and despite as much as i love asomugha and drc, samuel was our most consistent corner last year. At the end of the day the guy’s still a playmaker and if he would move inside and take a pay cut, i definetly wouldn’t trade him.

  14. Assante isn’t a shutdown corner, but he is a playmaker with excellent ball skills. He’d be a terrific addition to the Patriots, but there’s no way New England would accept those salaries plus have to send draft picks to get him. In fact, I don’t think it’s very likely any team will take him on at those numbers. The most likely scenario is that Samuel is cut. Roseman is most likely going to try and drum up interest with comments like this, but in the end, Assante will be on the market as an UFA.

  15. @ drc23 & joetoronto…..both of you are grounded! Now go to your rooms for arguing!

    Any team that signs Asante will utilize him for what he does best.

    He Is a good Zone scheme CB and a ball hawk. That is well documented. He Is Not a good tackling CB, or in ManPress coverage. That is also well documented.

    All I know is there were many people in line for his services last year and this year, I expect the same. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

  16. If the Lions can renegotiate a contact with him and trade Cory Williams for him it would be a win for both teams

  17. As an eagles fan I liked Asante…..when he gets all those INTs. Unfortunately, last year he entered the wrong side of 30 and had like 2 INTs. So some team will overpay and that’s just fine by me. Then drc and nnamdi can finally play their true position. #bleedgreenforlife

  18. man i love this guy, but why would anybody take that contract ? let the eagles pay him or cut him. might be better for everybody but the dummy that trades for him.

  19. Asante should just play free safety. If he learned a little discipline, in combination with his ball hawking skills … no telling how good he could be.

  20. @joetoronto

    You’re blinded by hate. The man makes plays. Ask Derek Hagan how dirty #22’s nose can get.

  21. Asante still is a good corner. Needs the right fit. I just hope The Birds can get a descent pick for him. Maybe work out a deal for Chiefs free agent linebacker…he”s 6′-3′ 240# Asante wasn’t that bad but, if he has to go, take Matthews and the other two linebackers with him. They are most of the problem. Fans forget a third string running back ran for over 100 yards in the last meaning less game. The safties stink too. Two of them 2nd round picks. Who will be the Birds…Jerome McDougal, Stacy Andrews, Brandon, or 28 year old fireman this year? Reid makes horrible decesions over and over and over and over……

  22. You can never have too many good Corners…

    He may not be great but he is serviceable.

    All it takes is one Corner to go down in training camp and they will regret letting him go.

  23. Bengals might be a good spot, if the eagles pick up some of his salary. But I think Stanford Routt is coming to them. He was just here Friday and Saturday for workouts.

  24. Anybody that thinks the Eagles only have 3 good cornerbacks are greatly mistaken they have 3 really good young cornerbacks behind DRC,Naamdi and Samuel.So getting rid of Samuels big salary only makes good business sense.Then they can use that money other places like signing DeSean Jackson to a long term deal.

  25. Hehas led the entire league in interceptions over the past 3 or 4 years. they tried to trade him last year too, it’s mostly based on money because he is hitting the back end of a huge contract. he hopefully will be willing to rework his deal (with getting a good signing bonus) for us to trade him. I’ve like him as a player, I think he gets more hate then he deserves. he will make game changing plays on D where ever he plays next year. hope we get something good if the trade is pulled off.

  26. Great idea. Your division rivals just won the Superbowl again, on the strength of their WR corp.
    You’re going to turn around a get rid of Asante?

    Again, another reason why you will always be the

    But hey, the Eagles have done well against the Giants during the regular season, so keep that fresh in your minds if it helps you sleep.

  27. If Roseman thinks the lack of preparation last year is why the Eagles defense sucked then it really doesn’t matter what we do with Samuel. He better figure out that what the defense really needs is some tough players with heart.

  28. Save the money cut him its not like your going to win anything with him.
    Cruzzz beat your best and will do so for years to come so save the cash and cut him.

    Eli MVP of 2 Super Bowls
    Egals have won Zero Super Bowls
    How does it feel to be the only team in the NFC East with out a Trophy ?????

  29. Kansas City makes too much sense…..

    Samuel played his best in that system under Romeo Crennel.

    To bad Reid is so stubborn, he will demand 15 first round picks for him…..and then end up keeping him because he couldn’t get the right price.

  30. I’m somewhat shocked no one mentioned the following…

    Samuel and DRC are strong playing on the outside. Nnamdi, they had a little more room to put him whereever they wanted, which happened to be on TEs a lot of the time. Yeah Nnamdi missed a bunch of tackles, but CBs aren’t usually expected to bring down effin’ TEs. That’s why teams put LBs on TEs because it is actually a reasonable expectation for a LB to bring down a TE. They put Aso on TEs expecting teams would not throw the ball to the TE because Aso would shut it down, but Aso was just pushed around for the most part.

    Anyways, Aso needs to go back to the outside. End of the season, Samuel was out and Aso and DRC played outside with Hanson in the nickel. Coverage looked drastically better.

    With Samuel, Asomugha, and DRC, we have 3 solid CBs who play their best football on the outside. Only reason we should keep all three is for depth, but every Eagles fan knows we have plenty of depth behind those three.

  31. They need to not make the same mistake twice. Trade one of your corners and just get a guy who’s comfortable playing in the slot. You don’t need three superstars who all have the same role.

  32. The Eagles are going to trade him. They’ll need the salary room to sign some linebackers and wrap up Shady’s contract. Beyond that, Asante has run his course. He represents everything we hate about this team, namely lack of toughness/aggression and a All-Me attitude. He’s the DeSean Jackson of the secondary, except Jackson can tackle better. 🙂


  33. I really hope the Eagles keep him. Unless u’ve seen thus guy in practice then you can’t realise how valuable he is. He chalenges s the whole defense especially the Cb’s. He makes the recievers better as well. I’d like to see DRC get a chance but this guy is if anything under rated. If some team does trade for him it will be nothing like McNabb trade. He is a shutdown corner who does take chances but comes up with big plays.

  34. Samuel may not be the most complete corner in the NFL, but he has an elite skill that’s not easy to find. Deion Sanders didn’t tackle anyone either, and he’s in the Hall of Fame. I’m not saying he’s as good as Deion, but I am saying that you can be a valuable player with a limited skill set if you are among the very best at what you do. And Samuel absolutely is. Someone will have him and probably be happy with him. I hope it’s the Eagles.

  35. dontouchmyjunk says: Feb 19, 2012 12:21 PM


    You’re blinded by hate. The man makes plays. Ask Derek Hagan how dirty #22′s nose can get.
    FYI, I’ve never had any “hate” for the Eagles, I’ve actually liked them for decades now.

    I think you’re looking at him through rose colored glasses though, seriously.

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