As free agency looms on the horizon, the Patriots took away one of the better FA’s on the market, Franchising Asante Samuel yesterday. Typically, this is a move the Patriots do when they know they can’t reach an agreement with a player but they feel imperative to keep him. Adam Vinatieri had the franchise tag for many years, and I think Richard Seymour did as well (could be wrong on that).
I’m glad they’re keeping Samuel, as he will be a key to the young defense moving forward. Will this relationship last? I don’t know, but if Samuel isn’t slighted by the franchise tag and is willing to negotiate beyond this, they should have him locked up.
With this move, however, many speculate Daniel Graham could be on his way out. That’d be a tough loss as this team has benefitted from having multiple talented TE’s. I’d like to see Graham back in the fold but if it were between the two, you’d have to say Asante is more valuable.