The latest and greatest on the Asante Samuel trade merry-go-round is that the Detroit Lions are still interested in a trade.
Citing this article from Mike O’Hara of Fox Sports Detroit, PFT reported that the Lions are still interested in a trade. I say “still interested” because they were interested in him last year as well and had a deal on the table that ultimately fell through at the last minute.
Catch all that?
The deal the Eagles almost had for Samuel last year with Detroit was for “two second day picks“, according to Jeff McLane. The deal ultimately fell through for reasons unrelated to trade compensation.
Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that the Eagles will get such a haul this time around for the former pro bowl cornerback. The word on the street is that the Eagles are looking for a 3rd round pick this year.
They’ll probably have to settle for a fourth-rounder unless, as it has also been rumored, that they take a 2013 3rd rounder (based on the Derrick Gunn report).
I’d prefer a 2012 4th rather than a 2013 3rd, though they are about equal in terms of value.
The biggest obstacle in any trade for Samuel is his 2012 salary, which is in the neighborhood of $9.5 million. However, a “source close to Samuel” has stated he’d be willing to restructure his contract in order to proceed on a trade.
That’s good news because the Lions would likely be the team to offer more in trade compensation, as compared to the Titans, and given their salary cap situation they would need Samuel to restructure.
The Eagles would probably rather trade Samuel to an AFC team as opposed to an NFC team with whom they’d have to compete. However, the will ship him to the highest bidder.
If the Eagles ended up facing him in a game that mattered, all Vick would have to do is pump fake a short curl route and the receiver break long….touchdown Eagles!