Earlier in the week we discussed the possibility of the Vikings being suitors for CB Asante Samuel, who according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer has been placed on the trade block by the Philadelphia Eagles. At the time, I thought the likelihood of the Vikings acquiring Samuel – whether via trade or free agency if the Eagles couldn’t trade him – was somewhat of a longshot, but I also thought it was worth a discussion on the vikings.com Blog.
It was worth the discussion apparently because over 113 comments on the topic were posted by readers.
Now, just a few days later, I think the possibility is even more unlikely. It’s a legitimate longshot, actually.
Terry McCormick of Titan Insider reports, citing a league source, that the Tennessee Titans have “at least some interest” in the 31-year old CB. Remember, the Titans lost their top CB – Cortland Finnegan – to free agency. Increasing the unlikelihood that the Vikings will be in the mix for Samuel is the fact that, also according to McCormick, the Eagles are asking for a 3rd-round pick in a potential trade.
As I said in the first post on this topic, Samuel has great credentials as a 4-time Pro Bowler and 3-time All-Pro with 45 career INTs. And he’d instantly upgrade the Vikings secondary. But since we began discussing this earlier in the week, the Vikings signed CB Zack Bowman. On top of that, keep in mind that Samuel is already 31 years old and he’s due $9.5 million in 2012. Even if he restructures his contract, it’s a lot of money for a rebuilding team to pay a guy on the wrong side of 30. Plus, a 3rd-round pick is too steep a price to pay for Samuel, in my opinion. I was thinking it’d be more like a 6th rounder or 7th rounder, but apparently the Eagles have other ideas.
You can’t blame the Eagles for what seems like a high asking price. Solid cover CBs are a coveted commodity in a League that just had multiple 5,000-yard passers in the 2011 season. Offenses are becoming more dominated by prolific passing attacks, and defenses must respond by acquiring or developing quality CBs. Plus, we’ve seen the Eagles pull off masterful trades in the past, acquiring tremendous value for players that weren’t going to help them that year – QBs Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb come to mind.
But you also can’t blame the Vikings for not getting involved in talks with the Eagles. I don’t even know if the Vikings would have interest in Samuel, regardless of price. If they did have interest, the thought of giving up a 3rd-round pick and overpaying for a CB with 9 years of wear and tear on the treads is not a good one for a team looking to get younger and build for the future.
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