Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel said last week that the Eagles don’t want him. Today Samuel got more specific, ripping team president Joe Banner and G.M. Howie Roseman for playing with owner Jeff Lurie’s money.
“Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares? They’ve probably never played football,” Samuel said, via CSNPhilly.com. “It’s a business and they run it like a business and they’re going to do what they need to do. They’re playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing.”
Asked if he meant Roseman and Banner, Samuel said: “Howie and Joe? I don’t know, do they fit the comment I made? There ya go. You think they’re upstairs playing fantasy football with the owner’s money?”
Samuel wasn’t happy that the Eagles were reportedly interested in trading him.
“That sucks, doesn’t it?” Samuel said. “Each trade deadline for your name to be flying around and you’re supposed to be the leader of this team?”
Samuel said he has no problem with Eagles coach Andy Reid, but he questions whether Reid is in charge.
“I think there’s a little power struggle around here,” Samuel said. “But it’s all good. Like I said, me and Andy cool. I’m here to play for Andy. He’s my head coach and that’s all that matters. . . . 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 go to war for Andy.”
But the rest of the front office, Samuel sounds like he’s ready to go to war against.