Just like last season when Pats receiver Deion Branch expressed wanting out of New England if a new deal could not be reached, corner Asante Samuel now seems in the same boat. With that, the Boston Herald is reporting in todays edition that “several teams” have already been in contact with New England about a trade for Samuel, one of which is division rival New York. A source told the paper that the Jets inquired about Samuel, but didn’t say if their drafting of Pitt corner Darrell Revis in the first round of April’s draft has affected their interest in Samuel.
Another source told the paper that the Pats are keeping firm on the two first round picks that they would get if Samuel signs an offer sheet with another team. He was named the franchise player, and if another team signs him to an offer sheet and the Pats decline to match, that is the compensation they would get. If Samuel does not sign the one-year tender that the Pats recently gave him, then he could sit out the season.
The recent rash of high priced corners around the league does not help the Patriots if they want Samuel back at a reasonable rate. Nate Clements signed a seven-year deal worth just about $64 million with the 49’ers this offseason, and Dre’ Bly inked a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos worth $33 million, with $16 mil in guarantees. While New England would likely decline to deal Samuel to the Jets since they are division rivals, they will listen to offers for the corner from other interested parties.