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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:36 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

BIGZ705, if you were as smart as you think you are you would be dangerous...

First of all the 11-5 record when Brady was out means that they had a good back up... Good enough to get a huge deal and be a starter in KC since he left... The mess with the Colts shows that they have no back ups...  To say that Brady isn't important is just a stupid statement...

Second the Pats went 18-0 including 2 playoffs games the year Belichek got caught...  Mangini n
otified the NFL in the 1st game..  So I guess that kills that theory

Super Bowl 1 - The fumble was called as per the rule at the time so your argument is stupid once again... I'm a Raiders fan if I can admit it, anyone can

Super Bowl 2- Barely beat the Panthers- what does that matter? they won.. that;s the point

Super Bowl 3- The Eagles are paid too... They didn't give anything away... They got beat...

Manning has had Brady's old kicker since 2006 so throw that argument out too...

The truth of the matter is that Brady won Super Bowls with a bunch of no name offensive parts.. No Marvin Harrison's, Reggie Wayne's, etc... He didn't get big names until later in his career... To diminish Brady's championship at all is just plain stupid...   Both are great QB's, but if I had my choice I would go with Brady... That's not a knock on Manning.. Just a personal choice     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:35 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Wouldnt mind asante samuel across the field from Joe haden on the browns. 

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:34 pm
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Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:22 pm
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:17 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

"He'd sure look good in a Vikings uniform!"
Which ones, their throwback uniforms, or the sorry XFL looking ones they wear now?

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:16 pm
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Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:01 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Why are you guys even arguing over Manning or Brady they both should be considered top 5 all time. They have had great carerrs so far and both have won SuperBowls chirst i have to watch Alex Smith every week its really sad. I wish i had to complain about how great my quarterback is, fact being both are Hall of Famers and are great role models.

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:52 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:52 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Let me preface this by saying I am not a colts fan at all but you sound horribly ignorant with your little rant here. First of all you dont help your cause by noting the Colts record without Manning is ofer and the Patrios finished 11-5 without Brady. That tells anyone with a brain that Brady isn't nearly as important to his team as Manning and that there is the possibility that Brady is a system QB of sorts. I mean Belichek made Cassel to look like a solid qb in his absesce. 

You want to put down Manning as a loser and a choke but if you take brady's cack out of your mouth youd soon realize that the Patriots haven't won a single playoff game since they were caught CHEATING!!! The patriots have been blown out at HOME the last two playoff games and last time I checked it was the same old Brady playing in those games. So what happened? The golden boy can have all the consecutive compled passes records in the regular season but when the playoffs come he doesn't know which team to throw it to.

Its as simple as this for me, Brady has more super bowl for two reason; he had a superior defense that played in the elements very well and he had a coaching staff that cheated.

Super Bowl 1- tuck rule, no question it was a fumble
Super Bowl 2- barely beat carolina and made several bad throws but other than the INTs he played awesome.
Super Bowl 3- Eagles handed em that game, pat defense was superior 

Manning didnt have the tuck rule, a reliable kicker in the clutch, or a defense those years they were dominated by the Pats. So before you go blabbering about hes the best ever you better get a grip on reality.

Since: Jan 27, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:47 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

U r a ignorant DBAG. to say that manning can't hold a candle to Brady is a joke. Wake up and get your ass out of Brady's ass, your missing a great career from Payton. It's fools like u that make everyone hate patriot fans. You bozo

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