Philadelphia Eagles Trade Cornerback Asante Samuel To The Atlanta Falcons For A Late-Round Draft Pick

The Eagles have traded disgruntled cornerback Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons for a yet to be determined late round draft pick. In nine seasons, Samuel has 45 interceptions (23 as an Eagle) and an NFL record four interceptions returned for touchdowns

The trade comes on the heels of a frustrating season which placed him in a logjam at the cornerback position with the 2011 acquisitions of Nnamdi Asomugha and Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie.

The seemingly one-sided deal gives the Eagles an extra $20 million in cap space (they are now around $11 million) which will be used to re-up running back LeSean McCoy and Rodgers-Cromartie.

4 Responses to “Philadelphia Eagles Trade Cornerback Asante Samuel To The Atlanta Falcons For A Late-Round Draft Pick”

  1. Temple3 says:

    The Eagles are going to miss him more than he’s going to miss them. I don’t mean that the Eagles will fall off, but I think he’ll have a nice year with Robinson and Grimes — assuming the Falcons allow him to play his game. He’s the type of guy who does what he does and not much more…but he really does it well.

    He gambles too much, but perhaps with a faster team playing on turf indoors, that all becomes an asset. I like him to have a rebound season.

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  3. GrandNubian says:

    I think that if the Eagles are going to imploy “bump & run” coverage, then trading Samuel was a good thing because he doesn’t excel at that. However, DRC hasn’t been good since 2009, so the Eagles are rolling the dice in hopes that he returns to form by moving him back to the outside. It could work but if I were an Eagles’ fan, I would be more worried with the Defensive Coordinator than DRC. The ‘Trial and Error’ strategy of Juan Castillo is over. He will now have to show how good of a DC he is. Should be an interesting season.