By Bruce Allen

Mike Reiss was beaten to a Patriots scoop for the first time in recent memory, as Adam Schefter of NFL Network reported early this evening that the Patriots had designated cornerback Asante Samuel with the franchise tag.

Reiss however did predict yesterday that this would happen, and had solid reasons for his prediction, which turned out to be true.

Reiss and Albert Breer have since each posted three entries on their blogs about the move, which will pay Samuel $7.79 million for this season. Reiss did get reaction from Samuel’s agent, Alonzo Shavers, who was positive about the move, stating that they have no intention of holding Samuel out of camp and that this is the first step in the process of moving towards a long term deal.

It should be reassuring that it appears that Samuel will likely be in the fold for another season, unless the Patriots decide to trade him, as they did with Tebucky Jones a few years back. Either the Patriots will have him on the roster, or they will get something for him.

We’ve been busy putting some stuff together on the draft, and hope to have something for you on that topic next week sometime. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on any further thoughts or news regarding the Patriots.