Jeff McLane wrote a massive 2,000 word blog post that highlights all the poor moves Howie Roseman has made over the last two years, while still maintaining Roseman should get more time to prove himself. It’s a convoluted bit of logic, but buried deep within is this scoop:
And tick off Asante Samuel the Eagles did. They should have just traded Samuel when they had the chance during training camp. Roseman, at one point, had a deal to send Samuel to the Lions for a second-round pick, two sources close to the situation said. Roseman even went so far as to have the Lions call Samuel. But he wanted a first round pick instead and called off the deal.
If true, this is rather damning for Roseman. By all accounts he spearheaded the trade for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the free agent signing of Nnamdi Asomugha. Then in one fell swoop Roseman torpedoed any chance the Eagles had for harmonious secondary and rejected what would have been great compensation for Samuel, a year before he ends up trading the cornerback anyway for pennies on the dollar.
(Via Noah Becker)