The facts: 1. Asante Samuel is not in camp, having not signed his franchise tender. 2. Asante Samuel is scheduled to hit Unrestricted Free Agency in 2008. 3. Marcus Trufant is also scheduled to hit Unrestricted Free Agency in 2008. 4. Marcus Trufant is not holding out of camp. 5. The two cornerbacks are similarly talented. I think Trufant is slightly better, but Samuel is much more popular, due to the teams they play on. 6. Samuel cannot sign a long-term deal with New England, but can with Seattle. 7. Samuel will report to camp with a long-term deal, or even a promise not to franchise him in 2008. 8. The Patriots have cap room to sign Trufant to a reasonable long-term deal, assuming he doesn't demand Champ Bailey dollars. 9. The Patriots can alternately let him go to free agency and net a primo comp pick. 10. The Patriots are thin at CB. 11. A trade would get each player out of the conference and prevents a divisional rival from getting him for at least one year. Why not offer a straight-up swap? The Seahawks might say no, but they might say yes, even if we have to sweeten the deal with a conditional draft pick.