Well, they did it. The Eagles traded Pro Bowl CB Asante Samuel before the start of the 2012 NFL draft.
The Atlanta Falcons finally got a deal done with Samuel, working out a 3-year, $18.5 million dollar deal for the 31-year old corner. This detail was the first to emerge when news of the deal came down on Wednesday afternoon. What took longer to learn was what the Eagles received in compensation from the Falcons for Asante.
Those who were thinking a 6th-rounder were aiming too high. Sensing the Eagles’ desperation to offload Samuel, Atlanta offered a whopping 7th-round draft pick to Philadelphia. And Philly had little choice but to accept.
A Pro Bowl corner who is still playing at a high level for a flipping 7th-round pick. It’s pretty hard to absorb.
Head coach Andy Reid wished Samuel well in Atlanta but said that he was pleased about the Eagles’ situation at CB.
“We obviously feel good about our cornerback situation moving forward with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromart...