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.”
Samuel was then asked where he wanted to play now that the Eagles have signed the other two big-name defensive backs. He replied, “Wherever they want me. 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?”
In other words if Samuel can’t be the top dog, he could not care less if the team keeps him. Samuel has three years remaining on a deal that will pay him a ton of money, but that clearly isn’t good enough now that the Eagles have vastly improved their defense. What a team player.