Samuel is one of eight cornerbacks on the roster and was reportedly almost dealt to the Lions last season.
One hurdle to moving Samuel, 31, is his contract, which has two years left worth $21 million. But Samuel said he's willing to adjust the structure of his deal, which includes a base salary of $11.4 million next season and $9.9 million this season plus bonuses, if it helps facilitate a trade.
23 INTs since joining the Eagles
-- The Sports Xchange
The Patriots may be desperately seeking help for their 31st ranked pass defense from 2011, but they're going to be frugal in the market after being burned by bad trades in the past (Chad Ochocinco comes to mind). Despite needing any upgrades they can get for their secondary, they are unlikely trade partners for the Eagles unless Samuel reworks his deal and the Eagles are willing to part with him for a late round pick – which the Patriots are devoid of this year.
At 31, New England isn't looking for a veteran of Samuel's age, they're in rebuilding mode.
New England is an eager and willing trade partner with Philadelphia. Bill Belichick has made a trade with the Eagles every year he's been in New England.
In 2011 the two teams swapped picks for no reason other than to continue a streak of consecutive trades between the clubs. The Patriots swapped picks in the sixth round with Philadelphia (No. 193 for No. 194).
Samuel's teammate Ellis Hobbs was sent to Philadelphia in the 2009 NFL Draft for a pair of picks, the 137th and 141st picks overall. Samuel and Hobbs who started in the Patriots 2007 Super Bowl for New England, became teammates again in Philadelphia as a result.
One team being mentioned as the likely destination for Samuel is the Tennessee Titans. With plenty of cap space (reportedly $28 million at the start of free agency), it's more likely the Titans can fit Samuel more easily under their cap than New England. The Patriots recently restructured Tom Brady's contract in order to accommodate their recent spate of free agent signings.
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