The Tennessee Titans, according to a league source, have at least some interest in Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel, who is reportedly being shopped by the Eagles.
Titans officials are not allowed to comment on players who are under contract with another team.
Samuel, 31, has been a ball-hawking cornerback ever since he entered the NFL with the New England Patriots. In nine NFL seasons, he has 45 interceptions, including 23 since joining the Eagles four years ago.
Samuel’s agent Alonzo Shavers says he is following the process, but
deferred to the Eagles in regards to what their future plans are for Samuel.
“At this point, the Philadelphia Eagles are driving the train. They don’t have to do anything,” Shavers said. “They have always been very professional about their business and we would expect them to continue to be.”
Shavers added that, “At this point, nothing has materialized,” regarding any move for Samuel, and that he and his client would likely be informed only if and when the possibility of a trade becomes serious.
The Titans, having lost Cortland Finnegan to the St. Louis Rams in free agency, are in need of an impact cornerback to go with young corners Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner. Tennessee could look in the draft for help, perhaps even spending a first-round pick at the position if a player like South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore or Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick, were to be available at No. 20. The draft is also fairly deep at cornerback.
There are a couple of obstacles that the Titans, or any team, would have to consider and clear before pursuing Samuel. First, the Eagles, according to a source, are believed to be seeking at least a third-round pick in exchange for the cornerback. It is not yet known if the Titans would be willing to meet that demand or not.
Next, Samuel has two years remaining on his current contract he signed with the Eagles in 2008, and they are pricey. Samuel is scheduled to earn $9.9 million in base pay this year and $11.4 million in 2013.
Shavers indicated that he might be open to lowering the cap figure through a renegotiation or perhaps a short extension.
“We have a couple of options there if something were to materialize in that regard,” he said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer listed the Lions, Bucs, Browns and Chargers, as well as the Titans, as teams who might have an interest in Samuel.