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.