Monday, August 1, 2011
Asante Samuel bristles a bit
By Dan Graziano
Trouble in Dream (Team) Land? Already?
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, who'd been excused from camp so far for personal reasons, showed up Monday for the first time since the acquisitions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, who are also cornerbacks. He was asked a lot of stuff about how that'll work. When asked if he had demanded or would demand a trade, he said, "No comment." And per Jeff McLane of the Inquirer, he said a few other things that could be construed as expressions of displeasure with the situation:
"I want to be where I'm wanted," Samuel said. "If I'm wanted here, if I'm not appreciated here life goes on. I move on."
Samuel was asked where he wanted to play after the Eagles went out and acquired two big-time cornerbacks in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
"Wherever they want me," Samuel said. "If they're tired of my big-play-making ability maybe they'll ship me off or maybe they'll want to keep me. Who knows?"
Thing is, they almost certainly are not tired of that big playmaking ability and would only trade Samuel if they got excellent value in return. It's hard to imagine them dealing him just to clear cap room for a DeSean Jackson signing, since they probably have that already. They could use all three corners if they wanted to. Rodgers-Cromartie has said all the right things and sounds as if he'd be happy as a nickel corner if that's what it took to get to the Super Bowl. And I think Samuel probably feels the same way. Sounds like a proud guy defending himself in a situation where he feels like his ability is being questioned. Happens. I don't think the Eagles will trade Samuel just because he's unhappy (which we don't really even know if he is). It's kind of like the Kevin Kolb deal in that respect. Makes some sense to keep him, but if you can get someone to overpay, sure, you listen.