Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eagles get a 7th round pick for Samuel

Give the Eagles credit for getting something for cornerback Asante Samuel, and getting him off their books.

One way or another Samuel was done this past season when he trashed team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman for "playing fantasy football" with owner Jeffrey Lurie's money and suggested they were in a power struggle with Andy Reid.

If Reid hadn't intervened Samuel might have gotten suspended.

The Eagles wound up getting a seventh-round pick for Samuel, who agreed to a new contract with the Falcons, who don't - repeat don't - have a first-round pick in the draft. Quite frankly I'm surprised it wasn't a conditional pick.

That's pretty good work considering Samuel would have been on the street.

"We wish Asante Samuel all the best as he heads into the next chapter of his career in Atlanta," Reid said in a statement furnished by the team. "He has been a very productive member of the Eagles for the past four years and we appreciate all that he has done for our organization. We obviously feel good about our cornerback situation moving forward with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as our starters. Those two played very well together in the latter part of the season and we anticipate that will continue as we head into the 2012 season.”

The Eagles have 10 picks in the upcoming NFL draft.

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