Asante Samuel Will Not Be Traded ... For Now

By Ali Sarfaraz
July 31, 2011 11:40 am
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When the Eagles snagged top free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, it shocked the football world, not least of which because the Eagles already had Asante Samuel, and had the day earlier traded for another top defender, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Immediately after the Eagles landed Asomugha, reports began to surface that Samuel would be traded shortly after. But 48 hours later, Samuel is still with the team. In fact, his agent, Alonza Shavers, confirmed that Samuel wants to remain an Eagle. He also went on to say that the Eagles have not approached him about the possibility of a trade. In order to make this trade, the Eagles would have to pull one off in the next few days because teams are in training camp and a newly-acquired player needs time to adjust to the coach's system. This seems unlikely. 

The Eagles play a lot of hardball during trade talks. When they dangled Kevin Kolb in trade talks. they demanded high draft picks. Finally, they were able to snag a pro-bowl corner back in Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick. Imagine the asking price for a top five DB in Samuel. The team will most certainly demand for a player of Samuel's caliber and many teams will be hesitant to do that.

Will Samuel eventually be traded? Yes, but not now and not this year. The Eagles asking price will be too high and from the Eagles stand point they are in no rush. They dictate the trade as they always have and if they don't get a deal, they have no problem going into this season with this trio of Pro Bowl corner backs. 

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