NFL Rumors: Eagles Would Ruin Super Bowl Dreams Trading Asante Samuel

Asante Samuel was the best cornerback in the NFC last season, and letting him go now would be foolish.

The Philadelphia Eagles made a big splash at the cornerback position, by signing prized free agent Nnamdi Asomugha and trading backup quarterback Kevin Kolb for Arizona’s top defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Even with the load of talent, the Eagles can afford the luxury of having three top-tier corners and should avoid trading any of their stars by any means necessary.

While common sense says keep all three and have the most dominant secondary in the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said after Monday’s practice when asked about Samuel’s availability:

It’s what I told him initially and what I’ve told you, he’s on our football team. That’s what he is. As you know, in this league people are always talking. That’s what (general manager) Howie Roseman gets paid to do and every other GM is paid to do. He knows that he’s on this football team, and that’s the way it is. You can ask me a question about any other player, and that’s how it works. People are always calling, asking, and all that, it’s part of this game. But he’s on the team.

That’s the closest thing to an admission of listening to trade offers the media will ever get from Reid, but they should be thankful he even said that much.

For Reid and the Eagles, to win this year and contend for the Super Bowl, Asante Samuel has to be with the team. Playing against teams like the Green Bay Packers will stretch the corners they currently have to their limits, but taking one away will leave giant gaps that just can’t be filled.

This is the year for the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl if there ever was one, but they will need all hands on deck and all ships facing in the right direction.

Without Samuel, the Eagles lose in the first round of the playoffs. Again.

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