By Eric Schmidt

The Detroit Lions have a need at cornerback heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, but they should explore a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for veteran CB Asante Samuel, again. Last season the Lions and Eagles were in talks for Samuel but the deal fell apart, now it appears that the Lions should open up discussions once again, especially given a Denver Post report.The Lions and Eagles have had a trade history of late, with the Lions wanting to execute a trade at the trade deadline for RB Ronnie Brown last season.

The Post reported that the Denver Broncos threw out an offer for the veteran corner which involved a player on their roster along with a fifth or sixth-round pick in this year’s draft. Detroit could still target a defensive back in the first-round of the upcoming draft, but the addition of Samuel would be a big gain for the Lions secondary heading into the 2012 regular season. Samuel is a solid playmaker and fits well in the Cover-2 scheme the Lions employ.

Sending a fifth or sixth-round pick to the Eagles in exchange for Samuel would help to ease risk involved with CB Janoris Jenkins if the Lions choose to go that direction. Samuel has stated that he would renegotiate his confiscatory salary for the 2012 season.

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