The first reaction to this signing is... Awesome!! The Eagles get a top cornerback to add to their already great tandem of Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard. Unfortunately, there's a possibility that this may mean the end of Sheppard's run in Philly. He's been great for the Eagles over the years. He was their best playmaker on the defensive side for many years. But, he just couldn't seem to kick the injury bug the last few years. That is his only downside.
There have also been rumors that Sheppard could be traded for Larry Fitzgerald. That would be a tough one to pull off based on Fitzgerald's salary figures the next two years ($14 and $17 million). The Eagles would have to offer him at least that in guaranteed bonus money up front to even get that part of the deal done. Then, they would have to figure out who and what to trade to the Cardinals. It would probably be a 2nd round pick and Sheppard to get it done. So.... We'll see. But, the signing of Asante Samuel does make you feel like there is another shoe to fall.
Although... There may not be. If they can move Sheldon Brown to safety and keep Sheppard, that would be great too. That would give them all kinds of flexibility in their secondary. All in all, a great move for the Eagles. I can't wait to see what else they do