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Report: Titans Interested In Samuel

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Update: On Wednesday evening, Derrick Gunn of Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia reported that cornerback Asante Samuel could be traded to the Tennessee Titans for a conditional third-round pick in a matter of days. Jim Wyatt, who covers the Titans for The Tennessean, responded Thursday morning by stating that "no deal is imminent" and the Titans' interest in Samuel is "lukewarm."


General manager Howie Roseman appeared to indicate at the NFL Owners Meetings that the Eagles have been approached about the availability of their Pro Bowl cornerbacks in a trade.

"We (feel) like corner is a position of strength right now," Roseman told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday. "But at the same time, when you talk to teams around the league, you're talking about maybe some positions that you have a strength and maybe that they have a weakness. You try to see if that's a match - whether that's cornerback or anywhere else."

Well, it looks like one of those teams is the Tennessee Titans.

TitanInsider.com's Terry McCormick cited a league source on Wednesday as he reported that the Titans "have at least some interest" in cornerback Asante Samuel. Per McCormick, the Eagles are looking for a third-round pick in exchange for the four-time Pro Bowl selection who is fourth among all active players with 45 career interceptions.

The Titans have two young cornerbacks in Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, but they lost All-Pro Cortland Finnegan to the St. Louis Rams in free agency. While there could be some options in the draft for the Titans, who hold the No. 20 overall pick, none would provide the instant playmaking ability of someone of Samuel's caliber.

McCormick spoke with Samuel's agent, Alonzo Shavers, who said that Samuel would be willing to restructure his contract. Samuel is signed through 2013. Shavers intimated that he has not been informed of the Eagles' plans and would likely only be if any sort of move is impending.

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