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Eagles Asante Samuel Sounds Off On Management, Still Feels Unwanted
NOVACARE COMPLEX — Asante Samuel has more to get off his chest.
Four days after his strong comments in an interview with “This Week in Pro Football” on 97.5 The Fanatic, Samuel again voiced his displeasure amidst reports that he was on the trade block for the second time this season.
He made it clear that his beef is with management — read: Howie Roseman and Joe Banner — and not his head coach.
“Andy and I talked and cleared it up,” said Samuel at his locker Wednesday. “Everything has been good with me and Andy — that’s my guy. That’s who I play for, that’s who I continue to play for; I’ll go to war for Andy. It is what it is, all the other stuff upstairs.”
Samuel is also quoted as saying those men upstairs “probably never played football” and are “playing a little fantasy football.”
The 30-year-old corner was said to be available via trade after the Eagles surprisingly signed Nnamdi Asomugha to a lucrative deal. Samuel made it known that he was less than amused at the time, and sounded off even more after his name came up again around the trade deadline.
“It doesn’t sit well with me,” Samuel said on 97.5 Saturday. “I’ve been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me there — 22, 23 interceptions over my years, broke playoff records. Obviously they don’t want me there so life goes on. So we’ll see where I’ll be at.”
On Wednesday, Samuel continued to vent.
“That sucks, doesn’t it? At the trade deadline for your name to be just flying around, and you’re supposed to be the leader of the team. That sucks, right? It’s all good; it’s a business.”
Reid addressed Samuel’s radio comments earlier in the day, and declared it a dead issue.
“Asante and I talk, Asante and I talk. I’m not worried about that at all,” said Reid. ”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.”
But it doesn’t sound like Samuel is quite ready to.