The Atlanta Falcons are the latest team to jump into the Asante Samuel sweepstakes and have been negotiating with the Eagles in a trade for the cornerback, a source close to the situation confirmed Tuesday.
FoxSports.com first reported the Falcons-Eagles talks.
Once again, the hangup with getting a deal done isn't over compensation. The Eagles were in discussions with Denver last week, but the 31-year-old Samuel balked at the Broncos' request to restructure his contract.
Samuel has agreed to rework his deal, sources have said, but apparently he's looking to keep most of the approximately $10 million he's slated to earn next season. The Falcons, like the Broncos, are probably offering a late-round draft pick.
The Eagles were originally believed to be in search of a third- or fourth-round pick for the four-time Pro Bowl corner, but they're willing to take less in return, NFL sources have said. The Eagles reportedly want to get a deal done before the draft begins Thursday but may have to wait.
The Eagles appear committed to moving on without Samuel, whom they acquired as a free agent four years ago. He's been on the block since last August, after the Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha and traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
They could simply release Samuel - a scenario he would not prefer, nor would the Eagles, who would take a $2 million salary-cap hit. But the Eagles are obviously trying to get anything in return for one of the NFL's top interception men over the last decade.
The Falcons have two solid starting cornerbacks in Brent Grimes, who signed his franchise tag Tuesday, and Dunta Robinson, but teams can never have too many cornerbacks in today's pass-happy NFL.