Asante Samuel… For Real?

It’s all over the Eagles blogosphere. GCobb’s Micah Warren (original story in Blast Magazine) is reporting that Asante Samuel will sign with the Eagles. He is in for an official visit today. If this is true (and I’m still skeptical), how I feel about the situation will depend entirely on how much money he’s getting. If it’s the $30 million guaranteed he’s looking for, I won’t understand it.

If the Eagles do in fact announce the deal, they have three options as I see it with Lito:

  • Try and find a good return in trade, even though they now have less leverage.
  • Move Brown to safety and keep Sheppard/Samuel as the corners
  • Keep all three around for the best nickel package in the NFL and injury insurance.

Keep in mind the Eagles safeties don’t always fit into the traditional FS/SS mold. They move around a lot, especially in passing situations, and with the versatility of Brown and Dawkins back there it could really be interesting.  You have to be smart and tackle exceptionally well as a safety in Jim Johnson’s schemes, and Brown fits that mold perfectly (Sean Considine, see you never).  We’ll see.

Secondly, the Cowboys managed to work out a deal with Flozell Adams. This is disappointing. I was looking forward to the team getting worse, and this goes a long to towards keeping that from happening. Dammit.

Moss to Cowboys Rumor

It’s everywhere this morning. Fox Sports, ESPN, Fanhouse, and every website related to the two teams.


So maybe it’s time to chime in, albeit only briefly. As an Eagles fan, I welcome this. The Cowboys seem to be willing to let their Pro-Bowl Left Tackle walk. And that makes sense, because the NFC East is totally lacking pass rushing defensive ends.


Look, we all know Jerry Jones loves his face on the television. And having Moss and TO on the same team would certainly accomplish that. But it’s not winning them a Super Bowl.

Didn’t they just sign Patrick Crayton to a pretty decent deal? Does he become the best paid third wide receiver in the NFL? What about the fact that Marion Barber must be paid?

As much as I’d love it to happen, Jones would be crazy to do this.

Cowboys Tag Ken Hamlin

Today the Cowboys applied the franchise tag to Ken Hamlin. This makes me happy on two levels — the first being that Hamlin simply isn’t as good as the compensation he’s going to be paid. And when one of your rivals is overpaying for a player, that’s a good thing.

The second reason I’m happy is that it seals the deal on Flozell Adams — he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent. If and when he signs with a new team Trent Cole will be matching up with someone new next year when the Eagles play the Cowboys. Adams has dominated Cole in the past, and this is excellent news for the Eagles.

Even though Adams is getting up in age, when your rival loses a good player — a left tackle at that — it’s a good thing.