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Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 7:18 pm
 
Samuel says things are good with Reid, but the front office is playing fantasy football. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Eagles were busy little beavers during free agency, signing players and making trades like they were in Madden franchise mode. It led to Vince Young's unfortunate Dream Team comparison, followed by five weeks of mostly dreadful football. Philly beat Washington in Week 6, and after their bye, they're looking to improve on their 2-4 record.

That'll require more consistency, especially from the defense, which on paper should be one of the best units in the league (instead, through the first six games, they looked incapable of tackling). Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was the big offseason acquisition, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came over in the trade that sent Kevin Kolb to Arizona. Those additions to the secondary made incumbent Asante Samuel expendable and the Eagles reportedly told the rest of the league that he was available.

This did not go over well with Samuel.

"I've been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me there," Samuel told ESPN 950-AM in Philadelphia last Saturday during the team's bye week. "You know, 22, 23 interceptions over my years. Broke playoff records. So, definitely, it doesn't sit well with me. And obviously they don't want me there, so life goes on. So we'll see where I'll be at, ya know?"

On Wednesday, head coach Andy Reid addressed Samuel's comments.

“You have to understand everybody calls everybody,” he said. “We’re sitting here with a few good corners. So people call. But (shopping Samuel) wasn't the case.

"Asante and I talk. So listen, I’m not worried about that at all. He loves to play the game. And we’re going to move forward. I don’t have any comments past this. And I know he doesn’t. So, we’re moving on here.”

As it turns out, Samuel isn't quite done talking.

"Me and Andy (are) good. That’s all that matters," Samuel said after Wednesday's practice.

Innocuous enough ... and then he was asked if he feels wanted in Philadelphia.

"By Andy. A couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They probably never played football," he said. "It's a business, they run it like a business, so they're going to do what they need to do. So they're upstairs playing with a lot of money, playing a little fantasy football, so they’re doing their thing."

When Samuel was asked if the "fantasy football" reference was directed at team president Joe Banner and GM Howie Roseman.

"Do they fit the comment I made?" Samuel responded. A reporter said they seemed to. "Then maybe so," he added.

"As long as I'm here, as long as I get paid each and every Tuesday, I'm going to go out and do my job to the best of my ability, each and every Sunday. I play for the fans and I play for my teammates, that’s what it’s all about."

Samuel continued: "Everyone has other issues, contract issues, and I deal with them accordingly. That's how I always do."

Reid, through the team, issued a statement Wednesday evening.

“I am aware of how Asante felt and we have since talked," he said. "We both left with a positive feeling going forward. As I have said previously, when we acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, we had received numerous calls on the availability of our cornerbacks. After discussing significant trade offers with other teams, we decided to keep all three cornerbacks on our team. Asante is a valuable member of our team and we appreciate all that he brings to this organization. As far as my relationship with Howie and Joe, I have a great deal of respect for both of them and I know we are all on the same page.”

If nothing else, at least nobody got gut-punched.


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Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:47 am
 

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Bring him back to the Patriots! We'll take him!


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:08 am
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Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:10 am
 

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Up all night winning hundreds of thousands of dollars playing internet poker AGAIN?!?  What is that, 3 nights this week already brian8ball?


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:42 am
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:24 am
 

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

And yes the Jets def was good the last 2 years,but in the playoff games the last 2 years he has thrown
9 td's and 3 ints.Better numbers than any other Q.B the last 2 years
Aaron Rodgers? Drew Brees? Both have had better stats in the playoffs the past 2 years. Sanchez has been good, but not "better numbers than any other QB".



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:36 am
 

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

asante in stead of running your mouth and crying about rumors try covering someone at some point this year or making a tackle that doesnt injure your stupid ass,STFU and play football the reason there shopping you is because your playing at a teerible level this season last time i checked teams dont trade guys who are productive for them 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:12 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:04 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:00 am
 

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Mr. Samuel sounds like a gutless tool who couldn't keep his job and can only resort to name calling. Dude..grow up! Should we be concerned that you might try to kill yourself to seek attention and gain our sympathy?


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:54 am
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