Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel has heard the talk that the Eagles traded him because Andy Reid thought he was in “steep decline,” and he takes issue with that assessment.
Asked about that report, Samuel first told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “No comment.” But then he proceeded to offer a comment, noting that the Falcons play at Philadelphia on October 28.
“We’ll see who’s in steep decline,” Samuel said. “We’ll figure out who’s in steep decline then.”
Samuel said that despite his old team deciding to move on without him, and despite having to take a pay cut with his new team, he isn’t lacking confidence.
“You have to step on the field with confidence,” Samuel said. “Being a little cocky, being arrogant, but being humble at the same time. It definitely is the way to be out there as a cornerback. If you are just out there going through the motions, you’re going to have a lot of bad plays.”
And Samuel wants to have a lot of good plays. Especially when he plays the Eagles.