After hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors prior to last week’s NFL trade deadline, Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel threw several venomous jabs at the front office.
Asante Samuel isn’t happy, and he wants the world to know it.
The Eagles veteran cornerback was not thrilled when his name was bantered about at the trade deadline when Philadelphia sought to use him to upgrade personnel at either safety or linebacker. During the bye week he appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM) in Philadelphia and stirred the pot with comments voicing his frustration with how his situation was being handled by the organization.
“I’ve been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me here,” Samuel told Tim McManus on This Week In Pro Football. “22,23 interceptions over my years, broke playoff records. Obviously they don’t want me here so life goes on. So we’ll see where I’ll be at.”
The Nine year veteran went on to say that as long as he gets paid on Tuesdays he will go about doing his job and playing hard week in and week out.
However, on Wednesday at practice Samuel ratcheted up the rhetoric to an even higher level.
“That sucks, doesn’t it?” Samuel said of his situation. “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.”
But Samuel wasn’t done there. He went on to intimate that there is unrest at the top of the Eagles front office.
“There’s a power struggle around here,” Samuel said. “It’s all good. I’m here to play for Andy and he’s my head coach. That’s all that matters.”
The situation reached such a fervor yesterday that Reid even went so far to release a statement to the media regarding Samuel’s remarks.
“I am aware of how Asante felt and we have since talked,” Reid’s statement red. “We both left with a positive feeling going forward. As I have said previously, when we acquired Dominique Rodgers-Chromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, we had received numerous calls on the availability of our cornerbacks. After discussing significant trade offers with other teams, we decided to keep all three cornerbacks on our team. Asante is a valuable member of our team and we appreciate all that he brings to this organization. As far as my relationship with Howie and Joe, I have a great deal of respect for both of them and I know we aer all on the same page.”
The fact that the head coach released a statement on the matter is eye opening. It certainly breeds the idea that this controversy is quickly becoming a distraction in the locker room leading up to perhaps the team’s biggest game of the season on Sunday night against Dallas.
Typically management against player conflicts don’t end all too well. However, in the short term, a situation such as this one can rally a team. The early ‘90’s Eagles frothed at the mouth at the very mention of owner Norman Brahman or President Harry Gamble’s names. Buddy Ryan went so far to call Brahman ‘That guy in France’. So the perception of a feud between player and management could very well help Samuel and his teammates rally around one another going into this game.
How this ultimately ends at the end of the season though, is anyone’s guess.
Here are Excerpts of Samuel after practice on Wednesday:
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