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Asante Samuel doesn’t know if he’s in the Eagles’ plans

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Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel says the team has told him nothing about whether he’s going to be back for the 2012 season, but that if it’s up to him, he’ll remain in Philadelphia.

I don’t know. I’m hoping to be here. That’s all,” Samuel told the Philadelphia Daily News.

With Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the fold, and Samuel due a $9.4 million base salary next season, there’s been talk that the 31-year-old Samuel is no longer necessary, but he says he proved in 2011 that he’s important to the Eagles’ defense.

“I’m getting ready for next year,” Samuel said. “I had a productive season.”

Samuel says he hasn’t spoken with new secondary coach Todd Bowles, but he believes he’ll be able to do whatever Bowles asks him to do.

“Yeah, I’ll play whatever I need to play. As long as you make the play, what difference does it make?” Samuel said.

The question is whether Samuel will be making plays in Philadelphia or somewhere else.

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36 Responses to “Asante Samuel doesn’t know if he’s in the Eagles’ plans”
  1. tallguyme says: Feb 11, 2012 9:03 AM

    yeah, you’re not.

  2. kenny1976 says: Feb 11, 2012 9:10 AM

    Shoulda stayed in New England.
    Now look at ya you cant even make the playoffs :)

    Look what happens when you have a couple good years and chase the pot of gold.

    Instead of championships!

  3. eagleviking says: Feb 11, 2012 9:12 AM

    let’s keep 22….he’s one player who brings excitement…he’s a risk taker and makes things happen….The defense needs some continuity…if he doesn’t start, he can come in and roam around and cause some havoc:)

  4. greymares says: Feb 11, 2012 9:17 AM

    if you can afford $9.4 and have a linebacker you can be first. or wait until he is released and get in on the bidding, but he will not be an Eagle.

  5. patcheatiots says: Feb 11, 2012 9:18 AM

    Patsie’s Need You Back…. LOL

  6. dubaradhandi says: Feb 11, 2012 9:25 AM

    Do not come back to pats. We have good going for them.

  7. billinva says: Feb 11, 2012 9:27 AM

    The Eagles found a 3rd grader who could tackle better, so no, you;re not in their plans.

  8. sjoyner59 says: Feb 11, 2012 9:31 AM

    If that genius Howie Roseman would have just taken the best offer(but as always the case this team over values everybody) and moved him prior to the season we would have been a playoff team.That way we could have played man on man the way we did at the end of the season with 2 DB’S capable of manning up.Instead we had Namni playing zone and Rogers Cromartie playing slot/zone all to accommodate Asante Samuels zone coverage style.If we would have moved him we would have been a much better defense,what was the point in getting 2 of the NFL’s top cover guys and playing them in a “zone defense”. From my seats it was just painful to watch every week

  9. 1buckeye76 says: Feb 11, 2012 9:32 AM

    Hey Asante, come play for the Bengals.

  10. rollore says: Feb 11, 2012 9:32 AM

    Restructure and we’ll talk, err put up with your disobedience on the field (jumping the routes instead of manning up on your WR).

  11. whoaleckna says: Feb 11, 2012 9:49 AM

    Extremely likely he is traded. They rolled the dice last year with his 5.4 salary but it’s up to 8 this year and he cannot co-exist with Nnamdi. Adam Caplan said he is probably worth a 3rd round pick.

  12. pftcensorssuck says: Feb 11, 2012 9:52 AM

    The most undisciplined corner in the league.

  13. fnmean1 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:06 AM

    @ Kenny
    Yeah the Pats have won so many championships since he left.He was your best corner maybe they would have beat the Giants if he was on the field.

  14. oldbyrd says: Feb 11, 2012 10:09 AM

    Say what you want, Asanti will play somewhere. Don’t be shocked if he goes back to the Pats….worse secondary in football

  15. tombrookshire says: Feb 11, 2012 10:11 AM

    If Bowles’ scheme calls for tackliing, I am afraid Samuel may be the odd man out in Philly. Ironically, he may find that his services are needed in NE.

  16. jbl429 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:17 AM

    kenny1976 says:
    Feb 11, 2012 9:10 AM
    Shoulda stayed in New England.
    Now look at ya you cant even make the playoffs

    Look what happens when you have a couple good years and chase the pot of gold.

    Instead of championships!

    —-

    What championships would he have gotten if he stayed in New England? The 0 that the Pats have won since he heft?

  17. ampats says: Feb 11, 2012 10:22 AM

    As a Pats fan who watched the interception in the SB go through his hands, his blown coverage on David Tyree I can say I am glad that the Eagles paid Mesante Samuels because that is all he plays for.

    He won’t be back in NE.

  18. jerseyshoregiant says: Feb 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    whoaleckna says:Feb 11, 2012 9:49 AM

    Extremely likely he is traded. They rolled the dice last year with his 5.4 salary but it’s up to 8 this year and he cannot co-exist with Nnamdi. Adam Caplan said he is probably worth a 3rd round pick.
    —————————————————————-
    The article says he is due 9.4 mill not 8. Either way nobody is going to take him with that type of money.

  19. number114 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:31 AM

    sjoyner59 – As my friend the EaGirls fan says, this team has won a bunch of woulda/coulda/shoulda championships while my NY Giants have won the real things. Stop with the wishful scenarios and talk about what did happen instead.

  20. 6ball says: Feb 11, 2012 10:34 AM

    .

    Hey Asante, Tyree’s your man.

    .

  21. phillyrick22 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:37 AM

    9.4 mil seems pretty steep, I would ask him to take a pay-cut. If he refuses then its time to trade/cut him. I see steeler players take a paycut to stay with the team. By him not taking a payct shows how much he cares about his team. Good DB but we dont need any more me-first selfish players, thats not how you win a title.

  22. remok9 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:37 AM

    I would love for him to be back with the birds….IF he’s willing to re-structure his contract. He a solid player and even at 31 he’s better than “MR. I cant turn my hips, but I run really fast DRC” but not he’s (Asante) not worth 9.4 million.

  23. enasty610 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:38 AM

    kenny1976 says:
    Feb 11, 2012 9:10 AM
    Shoulda stayed in New England.
    Now look at ya you cant even make the playoffs

    Look what happens when you have a couple good years and chase the pot of gold.

    Instead of championships!
    —————————————————-
    What has the cheating spygate patriots done since they got caught cheating and Samuel left oh that’s right not win a super bowl. Samuel didn’t want to be a part of a cheating organization. If had stayed in new England he would have won as many as he did in Philly but atleast he gets paid in Philly unlike to stingy ass pats that rufuse to pay there on players any good money cause they knew with there cheating ways they could win with whoever mind as well save money. Now it’s caught up to them they are the laughing stock ad punch line of the nfl.

  24. itsmammoth says: Feb 11, 2012 10:38 AM

    We’ll take you.

    Go Cowboys.

  25. themanchine says: Feb 11, 2012 10:45 AM

    He’ll be traded for Freeny.

  26. merc3375 says: Feb 11, 2012 10:50 AM

    The Eagles knew he couldn’t tackle when they signed him. They brought him here to get interceptions, and he’s done that. They also planned on having quality safeties who can help carry the load.

  27. ballboy48 says: Feb 11, 2012 11:17 AM

    Welcome to Cleveland! Haden, Claiborne, ward, and Samuel would make one hell of a secondary!

  28. moderndayjhericurl says: Feb 11, 2012 11:19 AM

    For the life of me I couldn’t understand why Nnamdi (whose making top 3 corner money) was playing slot and safety on 3rd downs. For the money he’s making he should be lined up out wide not matter what.

  29. dlmcc1010 says: Feb 11, 2012 11:28 AM

    dude is absolutely getting cut. Thats way too much money for Samuel. Hes a decent corner but hes not a $9 million a year type player. Eagles would be better off spending that money on another WR to replace Me-sean Jackson

  30. banmeup says: Feb 11, 2012 12:17 PM

    It’s amazing the way some fans see what they want to see. Go back and watch a replay of super bowl 42. Samuel had no shot at an interception. He jumped as high as he could and the ball went off the TOP of his fingers. That means he wasn’t tall enough and would have never made the play. It didn’t go through his hands like you homers like to make believe.

  31. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    @ Seth Joyner 59 – They may overvalue everyone, but that’s how they end up generally snowing everyone on their trades, so I’m all for their high-ball offer system.

    A 2nd and DRC for Kolb
    A 2nd and a 4th for McNabb
    A 5th for Ernie Sims (though Ernie got cut, that was still a HUGE value trade if we’re taliking time-of-trade value)

    These are the three most recent examples that come to mind.

  32. sdffa11 says: Feb 11, 2012 1:26 PM

    kenny1976 says:
    Feb 11, 2012 9:10 AM
    Shoulda stayed in New England.
    Now look at ya you cant even make the playoffs

    Look what happens when you have a couple good years and chase the pot of gold.

    Instead of championships!

    What Championships? Asante left the Patriots in 2008 and they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2005.

  33. mymorningstory says: Feb 11, 2012 1:26 PM

    The fact that so many people are hell bent on getting rid of Asante in order to start DMC and Nnamdi is Absurd & just straight up Idiotic.

    The move sounds likely, but the people here need to stand up and say no. To let this man walk would be a huge mistake! He has been a corner stone of our defense for the last 4-5 years and he has earned the right to stay here.

    If you wanna get rid of someone, say goodbye to DMC

  34. rastaraider says: Feb 11, 2012 2:47 PM

    Oakland?

  35. fmwarner says: Feb 11, 2012 3:46 PM

    I don’t know why everyone’s so eager to run Asante out of town. Yeah, he’s not a great tackler. So what? He’s among the league leaders in interceptions every single year. Assuming they can afford him, I’d much rather have Asante than DRC.

    Oh right, I forgot, this is Philly and everyone has to be a tough guy or you’re not “one of us”.

  36. teedraper says: Feb 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    The Patriots haven’t been able to cover a bed with a blanket since he left.

    The Eagles are fools if they let him go. He easily their best cb. Nandi got exposed this year & Rodgers-Cro is decent.

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