After my previous posts of Asante Samuel being traded by the Eagles, the deal was finally finished today.
Yes, that’s right. Asante Samuel has been traded to the Atlanta Falcons for a 7th round pick.
The sad part about that laugh is that even though from a distance this looks like a terrible deal for the Eagles after the Lions were rumored to be offering up to a second and third round pick for Samuel last year, I was laughing at the Falcons for a few different reasons.
Number 1 is that now the Eagles have the freedom to spend some money to resign DeSean Jackson. Oh wait, we already did that didn’t we? Joke’s on Atlanta. We will probably use the money to resign running back LeSean McCoy to a massive long term deal.
The second reason I laugh at Atlanta is because of the huge price they pay, literally. Their core of cornerbacks looks very similar to the Eagles last season except for one big piece.
Last year, Asante was worth about 10 million dollars, Nnamdi Asomugha was worth 12 million and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie about 4 million, which is a huge amount of money.
Now check this out.
The Falcons, this coming year, must pay Asante 10 million (being as his new contract won’t kick in immediately) Dunta Robinson is worth about 10 million and Brent Grimes just signed a 10.5 million dollar contract. Thats about 30 million dollars at one position and also the most amount of money at the cornerback position by one team in NFL history.
Will I miss him? Yes. Am I really all that upset about it? No.
I remember when the Eagles first signed Asante. I was home sick from school on the first day of NFL free agency that year. I was really excited because I heard that a few teams were talking to Samuel, one team being the Eagles, considered the favorite to sign him. My mother told me point blank, “John the team always screws us. It’s not going to happen, and I think you know that. The team is run by idiots.”
While I agree with the last part of that, Asante Samuel was signed about one hour later. I was watching in my bed with some soup on my table.
“Breaking news, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed cornerback Asante Samuel to a 6 year, 60 million dollar contract.”
“MOM! THEY SIGNED HIM! OH MY GOD THEY GOT HIM YES! I FREAKIN’ TOLD YOU MA!”
While he was an Eagle, he was one of my favorite players. I love him. I still have his jersey in my drawer at school.
I will miss you, Asante. The Eagles play the Falcons this coming season, so I’ll watch him again, just from the wrong side.
Good luck, Asante. I’m sure you’ll make the Falcons a real contender. Keep stuntin’.