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Samuel's Contract One Reason Trade Unlikely

Thursday's mailbag featured a question about the possibility of the Cowboys trading for Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, who could be had for just a fifth- or sixth-round pick.

The idea has come up somewhat frequently in the last couple days, but Samuel's age, the Cowboys' draft plans and the unlikelihood that Philadelphia would want to trade him within the division are factors working against such a move.

There's another, even bigger, obstacle in the way of a trade between the Cowboys and Eagles, though.

Samuel has two years remaining on his contract. He's set to make $10 million, with a $100,000 workout bounus, this season, and $11.5 million, with another $100,000 bonus in 2013.

That figure would be enough to scare off most potential suitors, but especially the Cowboys, who are already bumping up against the salary cap.

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