Friday, April 20, 2012
Report: Denver eyed Asante Samuel
By Bill Williamson
The Denver Broncos reportedly are one of the teams that have had trade talks with the Eagles about cornerback Asante Samuel.
The Denver Post reports that Denver has inquired about Samuel, but a deal is not likely at this point. The Broncos were talking to the Eagles about sending a fifth- or-sixth round pick for Samuel and they also discussed swapping a player for him.
Samuel has a hefty contract and that appears to be a potential stumbling block for any team that would want to deal for him, more so than the price tag it would cost to get him. Samuel doesn’t strike me as the type of player who will play for peanuts. That’s not a knock. He’s still a good player and he wants to be compensated for it.
In other AFC West news:
NFL.com reports Raiders exclusive free-agent Marcel Reece is one of the players in the league who has not signed their tender and is not participating in the team’s offseason program. Same goes for Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City. He has not signed his franchise tag.
I would not get too hopped up over these developments. Sitting out the offseason program is normal protocol for players who have not signed their tenders. I’m sure Reece would like a new contract and perhaps one will be negotiated down the road. But if not, Reece (and Bowe) will play in 2012. What choice do they have?
In a formality, the Broncos are going to rely heavily on the no-huddle offense Peyton Manning prefers. This was a no-brainer. Denver is going to make Manning as comfortable as possible in the offense.
ESPN Stats & Information has a by the numbers look at the draft needs for each AFC West team. Here is a hint: Defense, defense, defense.
Here is a draft name to keep an eye on in Oakland: Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade. He has not visited the Raiders, but he could be a target in the middle rounds.
The Raiders signed receiver Duke Calhoun. He participated in the Raiders’ voluntary veteran mini-camp earlier this week on a tryout basis. He had one catch in nine games with the Giants in 2010. He has an uphill battle to make the roster.
In an Insider piece, Bill Polian thinks the Chiefs have had the best drafts in the AFC West in the past three years.