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Broncos tried to trade for Samuel

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25: Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his interception in the first half against the Cleveland Browns during their pre season game on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The Broncos apparently like their cornerbacks on the wrong side of 30.

According to Mike Klis the Denver Post, the team tried to trade for cornerback Asante Samuel, the 31-year-old cover man who has become a luxury the Eagles can no longer afford.

Per Klis, the Broncos made two proposals. One would have sent a fifth-round or sixth-round draft pick to Philly, and the other would have sent a player.

The Broncos reportedly believe they can no longer make the trade happen. On March 22, they signed former Saints conerback Tracy Porter (who is merely 25). Last Friday, they cut veteran starter Andre’ Goodman, who is 33.

The elder statesman and No. 1 corner for the Broncos is Champ Bailey. He turns 34 in June.

It’s widely believed that Samuel would have to reduce the value of the final two years of his contract in order to make a trade happen, given that he’s due to earn base salaries of $10 million and $11.5 million, respectively, over the next two seasons. And so he essentially has the ability to veto any trade by saying he won’t cut his pay.