Asante Samuel Trade Rumors: Could Denver Broncos Acquire Pro Bowl Cornerback?

Dan AllenCorrespondent IIApril 20, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his interception in the first half against the Cleveland Browns during their pre season game on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos have already shaken up their cornerback corps this offseason, but it seems that Broncos management may not be done making moves.

Denver has already signed free-agent corner Tracy Porter to a one-year deal and released three-season starter Andre' Goodman. Although he will undoubtedly draw interest from corner-needy teams, Goodman has yet to sign elsewhere.

Management also chose to let Jonathan Wilhite go in free agency as well. Wilhite signed with the Chicago Bears after totaling 28 tackles, two sacks and a pick in extensive time playing in nickel and dime sets.

And according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Denver has been trying to acquire four-time Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel for some time now. The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly shot down multiple offers from Denver so far.

It is not yet known what it will take for Philadelphia to give up Samuel, though they are actively shopping the 31-year-old corner due to his $20 million-plus price tag over the next two seasons.

Samuel was excellent against the pass last season, racking up 34 tackles, one forced fumble, and three interceptions. Even though he fails to exhibit an ability to adequately defend against the run, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has been graded year-in and year-out as one of the league's best corners in pass coverage.

The acquisition of Samuel would make Denver's pass defense one to be reckoned with. The combination of Champ Bailey and Samuel would likely be the best in the NFL, and allow Porter to play strictly in the nickel package.

With Denver's depth at the position—including Chris Harris, Cassius Vaughn and Syd'Quan Thompson—Samuel's acquisition would eliminate the Broncos' need at corner, allowing Brian Xanders and Co. to concentrate on other pressing needs in the 2012 NFL draft.