Panthers not interested in Asante Samuel

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio just reported that the Carolina Panthers have not shown any interest in trading for Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel, despite reports to the contrary.

Samuel seemingly is on the trading block after the Eagles signed free-agent Nnamdi Asomugha and traded for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. A league source said the Panthers are not interested in taking on Samuel's large contract and the Eagles are looking for at least a third-round draft pick or a starting offensive lineman as compensation.

The Panthers are a bit thin at cornerback after losing Richard Marshall via free agency. Chris Gamble was benched by former coach John Fox last season, but is looking for a fresh start under new coach Ron Rivera.

Captain Munnerlyn has nine starts in his first two seasons and could be the top candidate to start opposite Gamble. But the Panthers still could target a free agent with a cheaper price tag than Samuel's.