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Asante Samuel arrives for work

Asante Samuel, Derek Hagan AP

Absent for the start of training camp for an excused personal issue, cornerback Asante Samuel went back to work Monday.

Samuel reported for camp and immediately took a physical, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He could be on the field by the afternoon, joining Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

For now, Nnamdi Asomugha is watching from the sideline.  The Eagles seem very open to trading Samuel and his $5.9 million salary, even though it would be fun to see the three cornerbacks play together.

Philly may have to wait for an injury elsewhere in the preseason to get a good offer.  It still wouldn’t shock us if Samuel stayed with the team.

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  1. seabreezes51 says: Aug 1, 2011 9:46 AM

    I hope he stays.
    If not, get a good bounty for him!!

  2. hashsview says: Aug 1, 2011 9:46 AM

    3 pro-bowl CB’s, this is a problem any NFL would like to have, so all you Eagle haters can eat it.

  3. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 1, 2011 9:47 AM

    Asante is overrated and overpaid.

  4. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 1, 2011 9:47 AM

    What a trio of DB’s muhahahaha

  5. phillyisinvading says: Aug 1, 2011 9:48 AM

    i hope they keep all 3. we are going to need all of them.

  6. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2011 9:50 AM

    Please Keep Asante Samuel Eagles. He is a ballhawk and DRC, Nnamdi and Samuel can do some very special things this year.

  7. duncanthecat says: Aug 1, 2011 9:52 AM

    Trade him and pay Desean Jackson what he is due.

    Desean Jackson will will more games than either AS or NA will ever do and fill more seats.

  8. mhs8031 says: Aug 1, 2011 9:55 AM

    How much cap room did Philly have?

  9. notrelated says: Aug 1, 2011 9:56 AM

    I’d be disappointed to see him traded for anything less than elite talent. He’s a difference maker. Throw him in as a Nickel CB and let him roam for now.

  10. billinva says: Aug 1, 2011 9:57 AM

    Are they going to teach hm how to tackle this year?

  11. seabreezes51 says: Aug 1, 2011 9:59 AM

    Second thought. Trade him for a couple of good draft picks, a 2 in ’12 and a conditional 2-3-4 (?) in ’13
    That will help clear cap space for Desean and Vick’s eventual signings.
    Can’t always have all of the toys every day, and hoarding draft picks is always good football business.

  12. ncsteve83 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:00 AM

    Eagles need help at LB, with Stew Bradley leaving, and oan otherwise weak LB core. They have the D-Line stout with Jenkins now, and the best CB combo in the league with or without Asante.

    Panthers just lost Richard Marshall, and they have a very deep LB core with Thomas Davis, Jon Beason, and James Anderson as the starters, with Dan Conner our number 1 backup.

    With the panthers need at CB, and the Eagles need at LB, they seem to be great trade partners.

    No Beason in a trade, but anyone of the other three I would ship off for Asante in a minute.

  13. steel6times says: Aug 1, 2011 10:02 AM

    No one wants him. He can’t tackle and gambles too much. I know the Steelers don’t want him. You have to be fundamentally sound to join us.

  14. jbl429 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:04 AM

    If they have the cap room, they might as well just keep him, at least for this year. It’s a nasty trio of CBs which will take a lot of heat off their inexperienced safeties.

    But as a Giants fan, I’d prefer to see them deal Samuel.

  15. mikejd12 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:04 AM

    I dont understand where all this “the eagles are open to trade asante”. When did they say that. I watch nfl network everyday, all day and i live on pft, i even have the pft app and i have not heard that once. The eagles are just like any other team if the price is right im sure theyll consider but i have not heard them say anything of the sort! I think with the in-experience of the linebackers they need to keep all three cbs.

  16. medtxpack says: Aug 1, 2011 10:12 AM

    dude still cant play bump and run…

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 1, 2011 10:13 AM

    I believe that trading any of these 3 corners would be a dumb move. (depending on the trade)

    Look at every contender in either division. You need 3 good CBs to have a shot at winning against SanDiego/Indy/Patriots/Packers/Atlanta-now & even the Giants with their solid 3 receivers.

    Now Andy stated that he wanted to keep all 3 in the fold this season, & that can only mean he’s going to trade someone. Unless they package some beast LB or stud LT, i feel we are better off with the stellar 3 CB lineup.

    if you disagree, you dont know ish about the NFL.

  18. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Aug 1, 2011 10:13 AM

    hashsview says: >>>3 pro-bowl CB’s, this is a problem any NFL would like to have, so all you Eagle haters can eat it.<<<

    and Zero Lombardi's. But hey if you wanna see what an actual Lombardi looks like. Something the E-Girls will never have. Go across state to Steeler HQ. They have six of em lying around…..

    Dallas 5
    G-Men 3
    Washington 3
    Pigeon Turds ZERO

  19. patswhatsup says: Aug 1, 2011 10:16 AM

    Personally I think they should keep all 3. Put cromartie and aso on the outside, let asante come up and take the slot or a t/e and jump the route for interceptions. He does this on the outside and gets beat sometimes. If he’s jumping a slot route or t/e then he could still have a safety net. I’m a pats fan. I miss asante. He’s a pick monster!!!

    That said, if they get a good offer and are able to fill a hole on the team then there we go.

  20. gtmann says: Aug 1, 2011 10:16 AM

    Keep him. Move him to safety and let him hunt.

  21. janvanflac says: Aug 1, 2011 10:17 AM

    Asante is overrated and overpaid.”

    you obviously don’t watch football. he had the lowest YPA of any CB in the NFL, and despite almost never being targeted had 7 ints. And, he tackled just fine last year…his rep for not tackling had to do with the fact that he played all of 2009 with a neck injury. Great player…..and it’s an embarrassment of riches for the Eagles.

  22. cornernum23 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:19 AM

    Go to the Lions!!!

  23. andyreidisfat says: Aug 1, 2011 10:19 AM

    The only thing worth trading him for is a top 7 or so tackle in the NFL other wise keep him and trade him at the draft in the offseason.

    Oh stop with the line backer thing. The Eagles have Two stellar young (ones a rookie) linebacker. The Eagles DO NOT NEED A LINEBACKER. The idiots here in philly just want some name at line backer so they feel better. They have no clue if the ones we got can play but they do know they don’t know their names so they must suck. Casey Matthews is going to be DROY (barring injury you can’t predict that) Chaney is a tackling machine who is going to do very well getting to the QB as he will play behind Cole and Jenkins. and the other corner position we have Fokeu (however you spell that) and Jordan both of whom know the system very well and both are good players who can hold it down. We do not need to waste any money at linebacker. WE do however need either a guard of a RT. We can get a guard and move herrimens out to RT but the guy i want is Ryan Harris. I think he would fit as he knows zone blocking which mudd likes to run a lot.

  24. chescobirdfan says: Aug 1, 2011 10:22 AM

    He should be worth a first rounder.. At least a second shouldn’t he??

  25. scudbot says: Aug 1, 2011 10:22 AM

    Nnamdi stays on his side of the field. I assume that’s what he’ll continue to do. One of the other two CBs needs to roam up towards the line instead of just side-to-side. The Eagles would be nuts to get rid of Samuel, tackling issues or not. The Packers WR corps is formidable and we run 4 and 5 receiver sets. TE Finley wants to set up wide more often and there’s a new TE in town who’s smoking defenders in practice.

  26. azjohnny says: Aug 1, 2011 10:28 AM

    DRC is over rated, he went to the probowl once and was owned by the Seahawks Mike Williams last rear

  27. mikejd12 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:29 AM

    He did tackle well last year witch was a good thing. Overrated and overpaid is the dumbest statement ive ever heard! The guy averages 6 picks a season throughout his whole carrer

  28. 1509lucky says: Aug 1, 2011 10:31 AM

    Asante is overrated and overpaid.”

    you obviously don’t watch football. he had the lowest YPA of any CB in the NFL, and despite almost never being targeted had 7 ints. And, he tackled just fine last year…his rep for not tackling had to do with the fact that he played all of 2009 with a neck injury. Great player…..and it’s an embarrassment of riches for the Eagles.
    ___________________________________
    Strange how guys come to post on a FOOTBALL site,who apparently never watch Football……….

  29. bobbyhoying says: Aug 1, 2011 10:31 AM

    It’s a long season. If the team can stay under the cap please keep him. It would increase our odds of having healthy, competent corners in the post season.

  30. pfatl says: Aug 1, 2011 10:36 AM

    @myeaglescantwin

    I think you dont know “ish” about the NFL. Or at least you don’t know “ish” about your own team. The eagles don’t need a “stud LT.”

    You may not know this, but Vick is a lefty. Do you know why teams want “stud LTs”? To protect their righthanded quaterbacks.

    Carry on.

  31. heywoodjablome says: Aug 1, 2011 10:41 AM

    @ andyreidisfat:
    You’re wrong. LB is their only need. Always has been and always will be under Reid.

    Who was the difference-maker for the Packers last year? What’s his name? Clay something? Matthews, that’s it. Oh, he’s a LB.

  32. heywoodjablome says: Aug 1, 2011 10:42 AM

    Oh, I bleed green by the way. I’m not a Packers fan by any means.

  33. We'reFineThere says: Aug 1, 2011 10:45 AM

    Asante is actually overrated when you factor in all his haters. I actually think they should trade DRC if the draft pick Marsh shows anything. Asante has the most interceptions over the past 5 years and is the perfect complement to Nnamdi.

  34. sj39 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:45 AM

    Sam Bradford will still pick them apart in the first game.

  35. We'reFineThere says: Aug 1, 2011 10:45 AM

    I meant underrated^. Boy, I butchered that.

  36. offkiltereagle says: Aug 1, 2011 10:49 AM

    azjohnny said

    “DRC is over rated, he went to the probowl once and was owned by the Seahawks Mike Williams last rear”

    Well, good news is this season he won’t have to cover any teams #1 for any extended amount of time.

  37. minnesconsin says: Aug 1, 2011 10:51 AM

    it’s kind of cute watching the eagles spend all their money trying to assemble a D to shut down the Packers passing game. They’re going to need Samuel to have a chance at that. The Packers will bring 5 wideouts who could crack the top 3 on pretty much any team, as well as Finley at tight end? good luck igglez.

    Here’s something to chew on. Over the past two seasons combined, DRC and Nnamdi combined for 10 pics and 137 tackles.

    In the same span, Woodson and Tramon Williams had 21 pics and 228 tackles.

  38. jbcommonsense says: Aug 1, 2011 10:56 AM

    Philly’s domination of this year’s FA market is a good argument for revenue sharing. Of course, their biggest coup was capitalizing on the Arizona GM’s stupidity in trading Cromartie as part of the Kolb deal.

  39. lilrob10201 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:59 AM

    Just imagine how dangerous this will be.RCB Nnamdi Asmougha , Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in at the nickel corner , and Asante Samuel in at LCB.

  40. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 1, 2011 11:19 AM

    You don’t pay Asante Samuel $6 million to tackle.

  41. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 1, 2011 11:20 AM

    Are you kidding? Don’t get rid of any of these guys. Keep your sick d-line to stop the run and rush the passer and your sick secondary. Screw lbs. Get a smart one to play middle and who cares about the rest. As long as they can tackle and don’t suck you’ll be fine.

  42. macjacmccoy says: Aug 1, 2011 11:25 AM

    Eagles dont need a LT tackle they Got Peters and anyway thats not the most important lineman for the Eagles because Michael Vick is Left Handed. Right Tackle is Vicks blind side so if anything you want your best offensive lineman over their.

  43. We'reFineThere says: Aug 1, 2011 11:26 AM

    There is a website that tracks all of the Eagles contracts and does a very thorough job. The cap room estimate is at about $2.75 million under. Signing Vick long-term would likely bring the number down from his tag number but they might still need to do more to sign DeSean. Juqua and Joselio are the only realistic cuts that make any money.

  44. RDM says: Aug 1, 2011 11:27 AM

    Asante back to New England will be on Boston sports talk radio all day. Sweet.

  45. dlew2191 says: Aug 1, 2011 11:29 AM

    it’s kind of cute watching the eagles spend all their money trying to assemble a D to shut down the Packers passing game. They’re going to need Samuel to have a chance at that. The Packers will bring 5 wideouts who could crack the top 3 on pretty much any team, as well as Finley at tight end? good luck igglez.

    Here’s something to chew on. Over the past two seasons combined, DRC and Nnamdi combined for 10 pics and 137 tackles.

    In the same span, Woodson and Tramon Williams had 21 pics and 228 tackles.

    ——————————-

    Trying to use stats for gauging cornerbacks? Anyone knows that tackles by CBs (unless you’re Antoine Winfield) mean you’re getting burned and then making a tackle. Samuel and Aso are so good that no one even passes to them, and if they do, they get a pass defensed. Tackles mean nothing. Packers’ CBs get their picks because everyone throws at them (think Kurt Warner burning Packer secondary).

  46. comeonnowguys says: Aug 1, 2011 11:37 AM

    “duncanthecat says: Aug 1, 2011 9:52 AM

    Trade him and pay Desean Jackson what he is due.

    Desean Jackson will will more games than either AS or NA will ever do and fill more seats.”

    Perfect example of fantasy football smart vs. reality dumb.

  47. bleedgreen says: Aug 1, 2011 11:37 AM

    minnesconsin says: Aug 1, 2011 10:51 AM

    Here’s something to chew on. Over the past two seasons combined, DRC and Nnamdi combined for 10 pics and 137 tackles.

    In the same span, Woodson and Tramon Williams had 21 pics and 228 tackles.

    —————-

    You’re not taking into account that NO ONE THREW ON NNAMDI. On top of that, the offense for each of those teams sucked, so they were never in the lead of games big enough that the opposing team started throwing haphazardly. When you play the Packers, you throw throw throw because you have to keep up with Rogers. When you play the Raiders or the Cards… you had to keep up with Gradkoski/Boller/Campbell and Derek Anderson, so you could afford to just run the ball. You can’t get picks if the other team doesn’t throw the ball.

  48. greymares says: Aug 1, 2011 11:38 AM

    andyreidisplump(politcally correct) speaks the truth.

  49. canadianbucsfan says: Aug 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    Smart move for the eagles would be trade Samuel for some younger talent or draft picks, or try to get him to redo his contract. Desean Jackson is holding out because he wants a new deal, who has more importance to the team this year and upcoming years? definetely Jackson.
    Bucs need a CB, Talib might not even be able to play this year if he is suspended, that leaves us with the very old Barber and most likely Myron Lewis.. would love to see samuels in a bucs jersery, even though its unlikely with my manager never wanting to spend money in free agency..

  50. hashsview says: Aug 1, 2011 11:45 AM

    ratbastardshanahandjob says:
    Aug 1, 2011 10:13 AM
    hashsview says: >>>3 pro-bowl CB’s, this is a problem any NFL would like to have, so all you Eagle haters can eat it.<<<

    and Zero Lombardi's. But hey if you wanna see what an actual Lombardi looks like. Something the E-Girls will never have. Go across state to Steeler HQ. They have six of em lying around…..

    Dallas 5
    G-Men 3
    Washington 3

    ratbastardshanahandjob – Lombardi trophy? Yeh I heard of them, matter of fact eagles are the only team to ever beat the guy the trophy is named after in a championship game, so like I said above EAT IT. Super bowl is the same thing as a NFL chamionship, they just changed the name for marketing purposes, got the name from a kids toy, arubber ball called the super ball. But I don't expect some one like you to know that. Now sit back relax, grab a cold smirnoff watermelon or what ever you dallas fans drink and watch the birds run the table.

  51. eaglerome says: Aug 1, 2011 11:51 AM

    Asante is a beast, thrown at 36 times = 7 picks. Thats a pick almost every 5 times hes thrown at. Dont trade him. He ain’t paid to tackle, lol.

  52. oldbyrd says: Aug 1, 2011 11:56 AM

    one way or another Asante can bring a real good player to the Eagles. Nice to have but, we don’t need 3 all pro cb’s in lieu of what he might bring in trade……LB , tackle, safety, another pass rusher or even another dt.

  53. oldbyrd says: Aug 1, 2011 11:59 AM

    To Steel6times….fundmentally sound? Don’t you mean fundmentally crimal?

  54. jfluke65 says: Aug 1, 2011 12:06 PM

    He has a reasonable salary, and in today’s pass happy NFL you often need 3 quality CB’s on the field at the same time. And where is the quote from a team official that says they’re open to trading him?

  55. heywoodjablome says: Aug 1, 2011 12:17 PM

    LB, LB, LB – their only need that they have not addressed.

  56. minnesconsin says: Aug 1, 2011 12:36 PM

    @dlew2191 “Samuel and Aso are so good that no one even passes to them, and if they do, they get a pass defensed.”

    Aso, yes. Samuel and DRC, not so much.

    So let’s talk about passes defensed. What I’m looking for in my corners is a good ratio in terms of how often they intercept the passes they do defend, which shows whether they make the most of the opportunities they get.

    In the last 2 years, Woodson and Williams combined for 65 PD’s, as opposed to 52 from Aso & DRC.

    In their 65 passes defensed, Woodson & Williams picked off 21 balls, intercepting almost 1/3 of the passes they defended.

    In contrast, Nnamdi and DRC picked off less than 1/5 of their PD’s.

    Nnamdi had one sick season in 2006 where he intercepted nearly half the balls he defended, 8/19. Woodson has seasons of 8pics/20PD, 7/17, and 9/18.

  57. honolulubluekoolaid says: Aug 1, 2011 1:00 PM

    As A Lions fan, I am glad that we do not play the Eagles this year. But, that said, I wish the Lions would trade a pick or two for Asante Samuel’s services. To add a pro bowler like Asante to the Lions would be huge for the development of our secondary. Good Job to the Eagles for building their team, alot of people talk about the Steelers and Patriots, but the Eagles have always been successful overall the last decade – Super Bowl or Not. I believe the Eagles are one of the teams to beat this year in the NFC.

  58. pencepost says: Aug 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    Here are three good reasons to keep all three CBs:

    1. Greg Jennings
    2. Donald Driver
    3. James Jones

  59. pfatl says: Aug 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    @minnesconsin

    How old are you? Your analysis is absolutely terrible.

    Passes defended is the stat. That stat is defined as “Any pass which a defender, through contact with the football, causes to be incomplete.” So ints/PDs tells you nothing useful.

  60. minnesconsin says: Aug 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    pfatl says: Aug 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    @minnesconsin

    How old are you? Your analysis is absolutely terrible.

    Passes defended is the stat. That stat is defined as “Any pass which a defender, through contact with the football, causes to be incomplete.” So ints/PDs tells you nothing useful.
    ———

    Are you for real? Comparing INTs to PDs can start to show a key difference between a competent corner who breaks up passes well, vs an elite playmaking corner who actually catches the thing when he gets his hands on it.

    Would you rather have a CB who deflects more balls than he picks? Wait, don’t answer that.

  61. pfatl says: Aug 1, 2011 2:40 PM

    Call me when you pass 3rd grade math.

    You need to know the universe to make any of it relevant – i.e. TARGETS.

    You set up a false dichotomy with your “would you rather.”

    I would rather not even consider something so insignificant and focus on two things: When someone throws at my people, how often does their receiver catch the ball and do they get the yards they need. Would I appreciate an interception? I suppose, but top guys have what 9 interceptions in a season? If your guys have 9 interceptions and 80 targets, what happens on the other 71 targets? thats a much more important part of the evaluation. INTs to PDs? Are YOU kidding? That stat means nothing. That’s why you had to make it up yourself.

  62. norcaleagles says: Aug 1, 2011 5:27 PM

    MINNESCONSIN, Its not a good thing for a CB to have a lot of tackles. It usually means that his man is making some catches or theyre throwing to his side of the field. And 2nd, Jordy Neslson and James Jones would NOT be starting WR in Philly. Donald Driver either. Im more worried about Dallas’ WR and ATLs WR than GBs. You make it sound like the packers are worlds ahead of the rest of the league, when theyre not. I know your team won the title, but keep in mind that they barely made the playoffs. Theres no quarantee that they’ll be back in the postseason this year. Look at the history of previos SB Champions. And I know the packers will have a lot of guys coming back from injury, but maybe your team was stronger without some of those injured players. They DID actually win it WITHOUT those guys.

  63. minnesconsin says: Aug 2, 2011 11:23 AM

    the problem I have is that everyone always says you can’t judge nnamdi by the stats because he “hardly gets targeted,” but no one ever posts actual statistics to back that up. I acknowledge that it appears he’s been targeted less, but even with that in consideration, his knack for taking advantage of the opportunities he does get appears to be weak. In addition, he only ever plays one side of the field, regardless of whether the opponent lines up their #1 WR on that side of the field, whereas guys like revis & woodson have consistently stepped up to cover the best guy, regardless of where he’s lined up.

    i value playmakers. they change the course of the game at key moments. it worked out pretty well for the Packers last year.

    As Raji recently said, “You see a lot of big-time corners making plays on the ball but not converting them into turnovers. With our guys, when opportunity presents itself, they make plays.”

    Samuel is that type of player, and I think the Eagles would be foolish to let him go.

  64. minnesconsin says: Aug 2, 2011 11:51 AM

    And oh, by the way. . .The Packers led the NFL in opponent’s passer rating last year, (67.2) in the regular season, 67.8 in the playoffs.

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