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Would you trade anyone for Asante Samuel?



Put on your Kevin Colbert hat for a minuet and play fantasy GM (because lord knows none of us are qualified enough to play real GM). With Philly's signing Nnamdi today, rumor has it that Asante Samuel is on the trading block, would you trade for him?

Things to consider:

1) Need? Yes, our corner depth is still below average barring the younger guys being really good, despite no game experience and is it true that McFadden was just really hurt last year but he is still a starter in this league or is his time up?

-I personally believe that none of our young guys should be counted on this year to provide anything better than what Willie Gay gives us (which, as we all know is somewhat serviceable yet inconsistent 3rd corner play) and I also think that while McFadden was probably hurt more than he let on, he still isn't the answer at No. 2 corner for us, he'd be a much better 3rd corner/surprise blitzer. These two factors combine to make me think Pittsburgh definitely could use an upgrade at corner.

2) Salary, the salary cap and how would Asante fit?

-He is where the cheese starts to get a little more binding. Asanate's cap figure is about $9 mill per year until 2013 when it jumps to $11.5 mill. We are already over the cap for this year and are going to need to plan ahead for re-signing Woodley, Timmons and others next year. Is a No. 2 corner (maybe No. 1, depending on Ike's level of play) worth $9 mill against the cap? Is anyone that isn't a sure fire Pro-Bowler? Samuel's cap figures and overall cost are probably the biggest deterrents for the Steelers.

3) We are built to win right now and we all know that a better No. 2 corner would significantly improve our chances of stopping Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, etc.

-This is self explanatory, we win the Super Bowl last year if we had better corner depth, this year shouldn't be different.

4) Who do we trade?

-This is where the fun/armchair GMing comes in. Would you trade Woodley straight up? A second and third round pick? I'll let everyone try to pitch some ideas out there.

Have fun.

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