Asante Samuel was traded to the Falcons today. He reportedly worked out a new 3 year contract in Atlanta worth $18.5 million. Prior to the new deal, Samuel was going to make $21 million over the next 2 years. The reported compensation (which has not yet been made public just yet) is a 6th round pick. So to recap, here’s what the Falcons were able to do today:
- They acquired, in my opinion, a CB that is still playing at a level in which you’d have to consider him among the Top 10 CB’s in the game.
- They were able to shave off about $4.5 million per season off of his pay.
- They only had to give up a 6th round pick.
I think it’s pretty safe to say who got the better end of this deal. Very poor job by the Eagles maximizing the return on this asset. May get into that another time, but I’m very under the weather today, so that may have to wait.
UPDATE: Scratch that. The Eagles received a SEVENTH ROUND PICK in return, not a 6. Atrocious.