October 26, 2011
Asante Samuel(notes) thought he might get traded before last week's trade deadline, and that made him sad. But the trade deadline came and went, and there he remained, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
If you thought that meant that he was going to accept his position, play nice, and try to get along with people in the Eagles organization, however, you were really, really wrong. He's still simpatico with head coach Andy Reid, but he also believes that other people in the Eagles front office would rather he wasn't around. Via CSNPhilly.com:
"Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares? They've probably never played football. ...
"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 to clarify if he was referring to [general manager Howie] Roseman and [team president Joe] 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?"
The "fantasy football" comment -- which I imagine an NFL general manager would really hate -- references the big money the Eagles spent on big stars over the offseason: Nnamdi Asomugha(notes), Jason Babin(notes), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(notes), Ronnie Brown(notes), Vince Young(notes) and Cullen Jenkins(notes), not to mention the massive new contract they gave to Michael Vick(notes).
Samuel says his unhappiness won't affect his play on the field, though.
"For the fans, I'm here, as long as I get paid on Tuesday, I'm going to go out and do my job to the best of my ability each and every Sunday," he said. "I play for the fans and I play for my teammates, and that's what it's all about. Everybody has other issues, contract issues, whatever, and you just deal with it accordingly. Like I always have."
Well, that's good news, at least. Obviously, the man is unhappy, and that's not good, but I don't believe it's the kind of unhappy that affects a team on the field. Samuel isn't mad at a player or coach, he's mad at people upstairs. He's too good to cut, and the trade deadline has passed. As long as he'll play for his coaches and teammates, it shouldn't be a huge issue.
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