It was previously reported that the Eagles were talking to the Denver Broncos about a trade which involved Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Now they’re reportedly talking to the Atlanta Falcons about a draft day deal for Samuel, but the Falcons just like the Broncos want Samuel to restructure his contract before they acquire him.
This demand killed the Broncos’ proposals and it could destroy a possible deal with Atlanta.
The fact the Birds are going to get only a low round draft pick for a player as good as Samuel points to the mistake they made a year ago, by acquiring two additional Pro Bowl level cornerbacks who couldn’t play together with Asante.
They’re all outside cornerbacks. If one of the corners had been capable of playing the nickel corner position, the Birds might not be trading Samuel.
Nmandi Asomugha is making big money. Samuel is due to make $9.5 million this year, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t making very much. The Eagles believe they’ve got too much money tied up in one position with Samuel and Asomugha on the roster, so they’re going to remedy it by trading Samuel.
When the season gets here, they’ll either continue with Joselio Hanson at the nickel position or they’ll draft a young cornerback to take over there. Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie will be starting at the right and left cornerback spots, respectively.