Perhaps slightly more than that, but only slightly.
At 31 years old Asante Samuel is aging, which lowers the return for Philadelphia if they are indeed bent on trading him (and it certainly seems like they’re firmly bent at an acute angle in that direction). Combine that age with the amount of money that’s due to land in his pocket over the next two years (roughly $21 million), and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is quickly discovering that deal an aging, overpriced cornerback is difficult.
Weird. We just assumed that this whole passing trend stuff would make teams print money to sign top cornerbacks, and Samuel certainly still belongs in that group. Turns out spending $9.5 million next year for a cornerback isn’t a GMs idea of quality risk management, and now a team that was seeking as high as a third-round pick for said cornerback is willing to settle for a fifth or sixth rounder.
That’s the report from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and it may make for some awkward phone calls between Denver and the city that’s now evidently low on brotherly love. A fifth- or sixth-round pick is the exact same deal the Broncos reportedly offered, according to the Denver Post, and that proposal was turned down, causing Denver to lose confidence that a deal will be completed.
But amid the mixed signals and possible communication breakdowns, one thing is becoming abundantly clear. If a team can look past Samuel’s age and has enough pocket depth to give him his damn money without becoming financially crippled, then during the height of a record-setting passing era they’ll be getting an elite cornerback and giving up nearly nothing in a trade.
Any GM with even a passing need at the position should be exploring his options to clear space, and move a sixth-round pick for a four-time Pro Bowler who has 45 career interceptions. He’s old, but not that old, and a minimal trade investment will pay for at least two quality years from a top-end corner.