Detroit Lions fans still holding out hope that the team would trade for Asante Samule can turn their attention elsewhere. The Eagles traded Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons for a late round draft pick (believed to be a sixth rounder).
With Samuel off the board, Lions fans can know divide into two groups. The “I never wanted him anyway” group and the “THE LIONS SHOULD HAVE DONE IT AT THAT PRICE” group.
First of all, it needs to be pointed out that the Lions couldn’t have met that price because they don’t have a sixth round pick in 2012. The choice would have been a lesser-package or offering at least a fifth rounder.
Second, even with the three-year, $18.5 million restructured deal that Samuel agreed to with his new team, the Lions would have had to have found additional cap space to make the deal work.
The common ground the “never wanted hims” and the “shoulda done its” is the fact that working out a deal for Asante Samuel just wasn’t prudent or even feasible.
[Update: The Atlanta Falcons are sending a seventh round draft pick to the Eagles for Samuel. The Lions currently have two seventh rounders so they definitely could have met that price. At this point it is obvious they just didn't want to.]