INDIANAPOLIS -- Not surprisingly, Asante Samuel's agent thinks the Eagles ought to just keep their expensive triumvirate of cornerbacks and pay his client the $9.4 million Samuel is due to receive in 2012.
Alonzo Shavers, attending the NFLPA agents' meeting at the NFL Scouting Combine, said "a trade is not imminent, by any stretch," which is technically true, since NFL teams are not allowed to trade players right now. "I don't think his number is going to affect the scenario," Shavers said. "Philly's got money. Did they change owners?"
No, but they do have a salary cap to fit under, and they found trying to meld Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie an impossible task last season. The assumption is the Birds will try to trade Samuel to get out from under the final two years of his contract, and to clarify their corner situation.
"They've got the cap room,"Shavers said. He's still productive. He's got two years left on his deal."
Also present at the meeting were the agents for defensive tackle Derek Landri, Kevin Omell and Harold Lewis. Lewis said they were scheduled to meet with Eagles general manager Howie Roseman Friday night. Lewis said Landri, who played in 2011 under a one-year, vet minimum deal, obviously would like to return, and it seems likely the Eagles want him back. No deal can be signed until free agency begins March 13, because Landri was on a vet minimum deal.