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Asante Samuel: If the Eagles Are Tired of Me Making Big Plays, They Can Trade Me

When Asante Samuel first established himself as a shutdown corner for the New England Patriots, it was no secret he was in line for a big pay day.  Unsurprisingly, the sack of money was never going to come from the Pats.  Since Bill Belichick took over, spending big bucks on cornerbacks has never been an option for New England.  When Samuel’s deal was expiring, many thought the Patriots were being unfair for not paying him.  Others were content with letting the egotistical 27-year-old — and his “Get Paid” tattoo — find a new home.  The way things are headed, Asante could be looking for a third home in the near future.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Eagles Blog, Samuel seems a little put off by the Eagles going out and getting two top-notch corners in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

“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.”

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Brandon Lloyd Feels for Kyle Orton, Says ‘The Tebow Thing’ Needs to be Sorted Out

The Denver Broncos drafted Tim Tebow with one thing in mind: he would be their quarterback of the future. You don’t draft a player in the first round to use him strictly in special situations.  Tebow is no different.  When the Broncos traded for Kyle Orton, they were looking for some stability at quarterback.  They seemed to have found it for a while, but now whether Orton will be traded has turned into one of the mysteries of the offseason.

Only six weeks away from the start of the regular season, Brandon Lloyd and other Broncos veterans have grown tired of the uncertainty.  Lloyd spoke with Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated on Monday and gave us a glimpse into the frustration Denver players are facing as a result of not knowing who their quarterback will be.

“It’s the Tebow Thing,” Lloyd said. “They’ll put Kyle on the trading block because they don’t want to deal with the Tebow Thing. But it’s not going to end until [Tebow] plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other …

“I spent the entire offseason preparing myself for Tim being the quarterback, because the organization put Kyle on the trading block at the end of the year,” he continued. “I spent the offseason asking myself, ‘What pass plays are we going to be running? Are we going to be running sprint plays? Throwing from outside the pocket?’

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Jermichael Finley Catches Two Passes at Once (Video)

Jermichael Finley killed fantasy owners last season.  Finley was one of “those” tight ends heading into the season.  You know, the one who exploded onto the scene at the end of the previous year and everyone knew they wanted him early but had to decide how early was too early?  Many projected Finley to be the top fantasy tight end and it was no secret that he had become Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target.  Then in week 5, Jermichael suffered a knee injury that cost him the rest of the year.

Finley is a player to keep an eye on headed into the upcoming season as he looks to bounce back and regain his pre-injury form.  If the two-pass at once drill in training camp is any indication, the Packers tight end is determined to get back on track in 2011.  Check out this video of Jermichael Finley catching two passes at once, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks:

(Watch the video at NFL.com)

I’m sure it’s been done before, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.  As for fantasy, expect Finley to reemerge as a top-3 tight end option this season as Rodgers will likely be better than ever.

Rob Ryan Says Cowboys Will ‘Beat the Ass’ of Hyped-Up Eagles

The Eagles have grabbed everyone’s attention by signing several notable players in free agency. Vince Young termed his new squad a “Dream Team.” Newcomer Jason Babin agreed, saying Philly was like the the Miami Heat of the NFL. We advised Philly that it wasn’t wise to make themselves a target, but it’s too late. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has already taken aim at them.

“[The Cowboys have] proven players, and that’s what we need,” Ryan said Monday according to the Star-Telegram. “I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”

That’s exactly what Philly gets. They wasted no time putting a target on their back and now they’ll have the entire NFL gunning for them. That’s not how you win a Super Bowl. The Miami Heat came close in the NBA but they lost. I imagine the Eagles will have the same fate, even if it isn’t the Cowboys that beat them.

Just like that, Rob Ryan has managed to become similar to his twin brother Rex.

Robert Smith: Randy Moss’ Retirement is Ploy by Agent Joel Segal

Randy Moss supposedly announced he is retiring Monday but I have a hard time believing it. I just can’t believe Moss would go out like this. I can’t believe that he would go out with so little fanfare, attention, and after a trashy season like the one he had last year. His former teammate Robert Smith feels the same way. The NFL analyst said on SportsCenter Monday that he doesn’t believe Moss is retiring.

“I would be completely shocked if Randy stays retired,” Smith said. “I think this is a move by Joel Segal, his agent, to get his name back out there in such a whirlwind week of the NFL. I don’t think Randy is done.

“The statement from Joel Segal a few weeks ago about how Randy was in freakish shape, and how Randy had a chip on his shoulder, I can completely believe that. The situation last year, being on three different teams … he’s a guy with some pride. More than anything else in the last few years he’s thought about his legacy. That’s why he went to New England in the first place — to get himself a ring. He still doesn’t have that ring. I’m sure that stings for a person like Randy.

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Rex Ryan’s New Tattoo Is … Elaborate

Someone should remind Rex Ryan he coaches the Jets because whatever that thing is on his calf sure looks like the design from St. Louis Rams helmet. I don’t know if that’s real, fake, or what, because it’s hard to believe someone would approve of getting that on their body permanently. Wait a sec, guess it’s not.

That pic was tweeted out by Jets EVP Matt Higgins along with the caption “Converse sneaks. Check. New tattoo. Check. Rex is ready for camp.” Maybe it is real. And maybe this is the sort of behavior that endears him to players. If that’s what it takes to show you’re down, then I’m out. At least he and LaDainian are tat brothers now.

Thanks to Deadspin for pointing it out

Jets Viewed Braylon Edwards as a ‘Diva’

Considering the Jets chose to sign Cheddar Bob over bringing back Braylon Edwards, it is probably safe to assume they didn’t think too highly of the latter.  For one thing, Edwards was in search of a contract he isn’t worth.  While he had a productive season in New York last year (53 catches, 904 yards, 7 touchdowns) and was a factor in the postseason, the Jets focused their attention on retaining Santonio Holmes and signing the cheaper, fresh out of prison Plaxico Burress.  Plus, the Jets’ brass thought he was a diva.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, New York had no intention of bringing Edwards back.  While on the surface it may have appeared that Braylon’s DUI was not a problem with the Jets, it was definitely a factor in their decision to let him walk.  For a guy who drops so many passes, Edwards sure does enjoy busting out a dance here or there.  Even an organization with a coach like Rex Ryan can grow tired of those kinds of antics.

On another note, I think New York is starting to develop a pattern at the wide receiver position.  It would appear having some sort of baggage to bring along is a requirement if you want to catch passes for the Jets.  The Jets made resigning the outspoken Holmes their top priority this offseason.  When they decided to move on from Edwards, they considered options like Randy Moss before making New Jersey Burress’ post-imprisonment landing spot.  Then again, one could argue the NFL is running out of baggage-less receivers.

H/T to Pro Football Talk