Calling BS on the Eagles’ desperation to rid themselves of Asante Samuel

Yesterday, Jeff McLane reported that the Eagles appear willing to take whatever they can get for Asante Samuel before the draft starts on Thursday.  Naturally, Pro Football Talk picked up on it and added their own brand of embellishment:

At one point the Eagles reportedly thought they could get a third-round draft pick for Samuel, but they have now reached the point where they want to get Samuel’s salary off their books badly enough that they’d take a lot less than that. For the Eagles, there’s a risk associated with having Samuel on the roster now: If he were to suffer some kind of injury during the team’s offseason workout program, they’d be stuck with that $10 million salary this season.

The best bet for the Eagles may be to wait until after Thursday night’s first round and see if they can trade Samuel to a team that had missed out on a first-round cornerback it hoped to acquire. But one way or another, the Eagles are itching to get a Samuel deal done, at whatever price they can get.

Personally, it makes little sense to me that the Eagles should be in any hurry to get a deal done by the time the draft begins, for the following two major reasons:

  • The Eagles are more than $12 million under the cap. They have the flexibility to do whatever they want (like extend LeSean McCoy) whether Asante is still on the team or not.
  • The Eagles have 9 draft picks in 2012. They really shouldn’t have any urgency to add another one. An extra 2013 pick is just as good, in my opinion.  Despite going 8-8 last season, the Eagles don’t exactly have a ton of holes to fill.  Is a 10th draft pick this year really that valuable to the team?  The Eagles aren’t in a position where they need to panic and give Samuel up for pennies on the dollar just because there’s a perceived deadline (the 2012 draft) that is right around the corner.

Pro Football Talk points out that there’s a chance Asante will tear an ACL doing jumping jacks at the NovaCare Complex, but that seems like a stretch.  I’m not saying there isn’t some other reason to panic and trade Samuel with extreme urgency that I haven’t thought of, but I’ve yet to see a reasonable suggestion as to why.

9 Comments

  1. WeNeedLinemen says:

    If I was an Eagles fan I would be really annoyed if they trade or release Samuel. The team has got plenty of cap space and a roster that is ready to compete now. This is the time to make a run at the title.

    The only excuse for gettting rid of Samuel would be that he was totally disrupting team chemistry, and he just doesn’t seem to be the sort of person who could be that polarising.

    Even if he was disruptive, look at TO. Which team, apart from the Bengals, has looked better after releasing him. The 49ers didn’t. The Eagles didn’t. Moreover, his reaction to McNabb seems more justifiable by the day. Even the Cowboys didn’t improve once they released him.

    I suspect strong team chemistry probably isn’t worth as much has having one more elite player on your roster. Saving $11m isn’t worth losing an elite player.

    1. Anders says:

      You know why the Eagles are trying to trade Samuel? He does not fit the scheme, end of discussion. This is nothing to do with his play or lockerroom (he is not a lockerroom cancer). The Eagles are now playing press, something Samuel refuses to do (there was reports that he didnt follow the defensive play call to freelance)

      Also TOs antics are not been proving right even with McNabbs stupid comments, there is a reason why he have been kicked out by 3 teams, he is a lockerroom cancer and there was only one way for the Eagles to improve over the 2004 season and that would have been to win a SB.

      1. ICDogg says:

        He doesn’t fit the scheme, and he is an expensive player. As far as the “refuse to play press”, I believe that was a rumor that was said to originate with McDermott, in the former scheme, and it wasn’t so much that he refused, but he was asked to do it in a particular game situation and he did something else instead. The stories implied insubordination, but didn’t directly say that. I never was sure how to take it.

        Not really interested in rehashing the TO situation but this is nothing like it. In a sense, it’s the opposite situation. Asante has a contract, it’s not a legal nor moral requirement for him to make everyone else’s life easier by taking less. If the contract situation makes things difficult for the Eagles, they have the option to release him.

    2. Imp says:

      Re: TO
      Eagles:
      2005 – 6-10, half year with TO issue
      2006 – 10-6, division title and playoff win

      Cowboys:
      2008 – 9-7 with TO, miss playoffs
      2009 – 11-5, division title and playoff win

  2. Anders says:

    Maybe im biased, but I think teams around the NFL are overvauling there draft picks.

    1. WeNeedLinemen says:

      I agree, low round picks tend to be massively over-rated. The success rate for first rounders is only about 50% but third day picks still get treated like gold-dust.

    2. Yep, draft picks in general have become overrated. Back in the day, they were wildly underrated. But now people act like trading a 5th round pick is the dumbest thing you can do.

      1. Anders says:

        I mean even if the charted stats from a side like FO.com only tell half the story, Samuel is still a top 7/8 CB in the NFL right now out of 64 starting CBs. Based on his age and the way Samuel plays (he is not depending on speed or size) he should still be a very good CB for 3-4 years.

        1. That’s actually a great point. He’s never been particularly fast, and he’s definitely not some sort of physical specimen. All brains and technique.

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