Asante Samuel Close to Free Agent Deal with Eagles

Atlanta, GA 3/01/2008 01:02 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel is close to signing a deal with the Eagles during his visit in Philadelphia Friday. Samuel is an unrestricted free agent.

NFL free agency started at midnight on Friday, allowing many free agents to visit teams to narrow and open up their options.

Apparently, this will be Samuel's only visit, with the sides close to striking a six-year deal that could be worth a maximum of $60 million if Samuel reaches all his incentives.

Samuel was named to the Pro Bowl team and the All-Pro Team this past season. In 2006, he tied with Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey to lead the league in interceptions with 10.

Samuel is one of the league's most sought-after free agents.

The Eagles recently released Jevon Kearse, a former Pro Bowl defensive end. Kearse was in the middle of a $66 million, eight-year deal signed in 2004 that made him at the time the highest-paid defensive end in NFL history.

His release gave the Eagles an additional $2.585 million in salary-cap room, allowing them to sign Samuel.

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