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How Asante Samuel Still Helps The Eagles


The Eagles signed cornerback Asante Samuel, then the crown jewel of the free agency market, back on February 29, 2008. He earned Pro Bowl honors in his first three seasons in Philadelphia and was tied for the league lead with nine interceptions in 2009.

Samuel's tenure with the Eagles ended on April 25, 2012 when he was sent to Atlanta in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. Even though Samuel hasn't played for the Eagles in the past three seasons, he still continues to help the team to this day.

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The seventh-round pick acquired in the trade with Atlanta was used on running back Bryce Brown three days later. In 2012, Brown provided the two best single-game rookie rushing performances in franchise history. He gained 178 yards and scored two touchdowns against Carolina and one week later rushed for 169 yards and two more scores against Dallas.

Two years later, on May 10, 2014, Brown was traded to Buffalo for a conditional draft pick. The two teams also swapped seventh-round picks. With the seventh-round pick acquired from the Bills, the Eagles selected nose tackle Beau Allen, who was the backup to Bennie Logan and provided valuable snaps as a reserve last season. The Bills selected tackle Seantrel Henderson, who started all 16 games at right tackle.

The other draft pick that the Eagles received from Buffalo was a 2015 fourth-round selection that originally belonged to the San Francisco 49ers, but was given to Buffalo as part of the Stevie Johnson draft-day trade in 2014.

With that fourth-round pick, the 113th overall selection, in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Eagles ... made another trade. The Eagles upgraded the pick by sending it to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a third-round choice in 2016. The move made sense for the Eagles because they currently do not have a second-round pick next year following the Sam Bradford trade. The Lions, with the fourth-round pick, tabbed defensive tackle Gabe Wright out of Auburn.

The Eagles traded Samuel over three years ago. Through a series of moves, the Eagles have turned a seventh-round pick into a future third-round pick.

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