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Comcast now reporting that Samuel deal is close/Visit made official

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Update [2008-2-29 9:48:2 by JasonB]: The Eagles have officially announced that Asante Samuel will be visiting today. He'll be made available to the media at 4:30 this afternoon. Could it be his introduction?

Eagles Hope to Finish Deal With Samuel

It appears the Eagles are planning once again to deviate from their model and sign a high-profile free agent.

A league source has told Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn that the Eagles have a deal in place with Patriots free-agent cornerback Asante Samuel.

Now, it's just a matter of finalizing it - which the Eagles failed to do two years ago when they lost free-agent center LeCharles Bentley to Cleveland.

The players on this team and the fans asked for playmakers. Here he is. Pretty much everyone said this defense needs to create more turnovers. Here they are.

This is a defense who ranked dead last in the NFL in picks, and they're on the brink of adding a guy that's had 16 in the past two years. For anyone counting, that's more picks than both of the Eagles starters combined over the last two years.