Assante Samuel. Hes been the Cornerstone Cornerback this team has needed. Over the course of our 4-5 year run our DBs have been oft injured. Hes been the one constant CB over the last two years, and over that span has IMO earned his contract. He has been slapped with the Franchise tag, and is slated to earn around 7.3 million this season. He wants a long term deal. His situation is EERILY similar to the negotiations with Deion Branch last offseason although Assante hasnt (to my knowledge) threatened to hold out. The Pats obviously have elected a policy of paying a player fairly, but they weigh in a "tax" if you will for being a perennial Contender. They take a "We dont NEED YOU, you NEED US" approach. Id like the scope of this thread to cover what the max contract Samuel Deserves vs What the pats will/are offering, What exactly Samuel's Resonable trade value is, and What possible deals could be explored to help this team win now and/or in the long run.