The good news: It looks like Asante Samuel and the New England Patriots are breaking up. The bad news: It looks like the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are the favorites to splurge and sign the Pro Bowl cornerback. From Boston.com:
Now Samuel is set to hit the market, and media speculation has identified the Jets and Browns as possible suitors. Shavers is restricted from speaking with clubs until free agency begins.
“We’re kind of waiting on the 29th to kick in,” he said. “This process is winding to an end and I think this situation has been pretty transparent for the last two years. It’s been no secret where he’s been and where he’s trying to go and what he’s trying to do. He’s been playing himself into that top category for the last couple years now. Now is the time to be compensated at the level you’re playing.”
That being said, not only does it look like the Chiefs aren’t frontrunners to acquire Samuel’s services, but it also looks like he’s expecting a record payday. Wouldn’t it be smarter for us to pursue DeAngelo Hall? I understand that we’d have to give up our beautifully early second-round pick, and probably a decent future first-day pick as well, but wouldn’t it be worth it? Honestly, I think Samuel will end up costing $10-20 million more than Hall, easy. The free agent market is that scarce when it comes to cornerbacks.
But we’ll let you decide since you’ve voted so heavily for Samuel. Should we run a campaign for a Samuel signing or a Hall trade?
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