Hey Lions fan, do you want to sound smart around your friends when you talk about football? Use the following argument against one of your pals when they say that the Detroit Lions should trade for Philadelphia Eagles’ CB Asante Samuel:
The Eagles must pay Samuel $9.4M in base salary this season. In addition to two other bonuses, he will account for a $10.5M salary cap hit. He will be the third highest paid player on the Eagles this season by making roughly $800K less than CB Nnamdi Asomugha and $3.4M less than QB Michael Vick.
The Lions do not have enough salary cap room to sign free agents, upcoming draft picks, and undrafted free agents if they trade for Asante Samuel. The only way Detroit trades for Asante Samuel is if he is willing to take a significant pay cut to join the squad; however, as we previously saw with his contract negotiations with the Eagles, he is all about his money, man.
Another factor Lions fans should be aware of is that Samuel is 31-years old and is no longer in his prime. The Detroit Lions could add a more valuable player to its secondary by drafting a younger, cheaper player in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The final reason the Lions will not make this deal is that Martin Mayhew is too smart to pull the trigger on such a lousy trade. The Detroit Lions franchise has one of the most levelheaded General Managers in the NFL and Mayhew knows that the money and draft picks saved from not trading for Samuel will be more valuable now and in the future. Samuel will most likely attract a middle-round draft pick and a conditional late-round pick. The Lions have found several players in those rounds that have contributed during the past three seasons (e.g. Amari Spievey, DeAndre Levy, and Willie Young).
Do not waste your time arguing for this trade, Lions fan. The Lions do not need Samuel or his putrid contract.