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Eagles Can’t Waste More Time With Asante Samuel Trade: A Fan’s View
The 2012 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 26. For the Philadelphia Eagles, most expect the focus to be on defense. The team has glaring needs in the secondary and could stand to address the defensive end position as well. Anything other than selecting a defensive player in the first round would be a major surprise for fans. But as the draft approaches, one glaring question still remains for this team. What is going to happen in regards to Asante Samuel? Until the Eagles make a decision in that area, the direction of the first round pick might remain a mystery. Samuel is a talented player and he knows it. The Eagles need to figure out his future as soon as possible.
So far, several NFL teams have been linked to Samuel. The Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions both seemed like they were in the running for the Pro Bowl cornerback. The Eagles are expected to trade him after a tumultuous 2011 season. With Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the fold, Samuel became expendable last season and the team reportedly tried to move him. Obviously, he wasn't happy about that and expressed it throughout the season. Few people expect the cornerback to return in 2012 and draft presents the perfect opportunity to trade him.
So what should the Eagles expect for the talented player? The best case scenario probably involves a second round pick. More realistically, the Eagles should hope for a third rounder. Whatever the case may be, the team can't afford to waste a lot of time in making a deal. If they can't move Samuel during the draft it has to be because they plan on keeping him. With the money and bad blood involved, I can't see any way in which that happens. Since the team will have to address the cornerback position in the first or second round, it might be helpful to resolve the Samuel situation before they choose in the first round. If the Eagles hold out for a better deal, they might wind up costing themselves in the long run. Now is the time to start making some calls to teams that might be interested. The sooner this is done, the clearer the draft picture will become.
* - Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong Eagles fan.
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