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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: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:37 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Honestly i live in the philadelphia area who cares what asante has to say, nobody does around here..everyday he sounds more and more like a big crybaby making millions. Does he want the team to come and kiss his.... its not going to happen as he is now expendable. All Philadelphia fans no the problem is the Linebackers not this big whiner.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:25 pm
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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:14 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

yeah who is this angry guy, who goes by the name of cowboy? anyways, Brady and BB are a great combo and Kraft keeps his distance, that is why they are so good. Brady is a smart accurate QB and that is all you need to make it in most systems, if he was to run the colts offense he would be mvp also, same with the Packers, saints JETS. cmon you hater system or not Brady could be the starter on any NFL team. Try and put Romo or Vick or Rapelesberger in the pats scheme ha what a mess that would be... Brady is # 1 in the players view because he does what he needs to do and doesn't let the hype get to him. True Professional to the core, take BB away and he is still Tom Brady and I believe that he could succeed anywhere. Imagine him in Minn or chi or any team w/ a nasty RB, remember Corey Dillon Superbowl

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:45 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Cowboys23 - Brady went down in 2008, not 2009. I will assume the rest of your "Facts" are as poorly researched as that one.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:43 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Cowboys, if you have nothing good to say about someone, then keep your trap door shut.  It only exploits your ignorance.  Do you watch every game the Pats and Tom Brady play since he became a starter?  I didn't think so.  In my opinion we have the greatest QB of all time, and that is by watching football since the 1st Super Bowl game.  Tom Brady is not a product of the system, he is the system.  He has made Bill Belichick, not the other way around.  But, ever think Belichick does a better job of drafting depth and backups than most teams.  Matt Cassel has done pretty damn good in KC in a short time.  Ever think he had some talent?  Didn't think so. Stick to watching your Cowboys, and why are you so concerned about Tom Brady?  Your team has enough of its own problems.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:28 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

If Ike Taylor could catch the ball, he would be the best corner in the game. He plays man coverage against the #1 WR week in week out. No sides of the field, no zones, just mano a mano.

The guy gave up 2 TD's last year including playoffs.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:23 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

hey msubdog you're an idiot. The Chiefs have listed McCluster as a WR all year. and why would you want him to start anyway your team must suck!

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:05 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

The vikings need much much much more than just Samuel. I would probably try and fix your D-line and LB's first. Then maybe fix your WR corps seeing as they STAY hurt.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:02 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

i could be wrong, but i never saw Welker score a TD pass on Revis...Marshall had 102....but yet he NEVER blew by him..much like Welker didnt BLOW by him.

Funny though when you watch Tom Brady. He is said to be the greatest QB.....but i've never once seen him do what Payton Manning does, Nor Drew Brees...or Phillip Rivers..nor Aaron Rodgers.

FACT: Tom brady is the product of the Bill Bellicheck system. Subtract Bellicheck = Loser.

FACT: 2009 when Brady went down and Matt Cassell Started and went 11-5. Was regarded as a GREAT QB. like Brady. Once again, Subtract Bill Bellicheck Add Kansas City and he is a Terrible QB...WITH more down field threats than brady.

I hate it for you cocky NE fans. The day Bellicheck leaves you guys will suck again. Can have Tom Brady all you want...i would Take Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers long before Brady.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:53 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Revis isn't the best coverman ! Wes Welker blew right past him and caught a 76 yard pass from Brady on the first play of the 2nd half to put away that game. Lol
people still don't think revis is the best? what fools. you guys truly dont know anything. i hate all of u

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