Asante Samuel drops bomb on Eagles front office
Asante Samuel ripped the front office of the Philadelphia Eagles earlier today but since everyone has publicly made up, as well as anyone can after a public trashing, anyway.
Samuel, who was part of trade rumors before the deadline and during the summer after Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, tore in to Joe Banner and Howie Roseman, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Apparently, things were calm between coach Andy Reid and Samuel but he fired some shots at the others. It came after he asked if he felt wanted in Philadelphia.
"By Andy,” Samuel said. “A couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They probably never played football," Samuel said. "It's a business, they run it like a business, so they're going to do what they need to do. So they're upstairs playing with a lot of money, playing a little fantasy football, so they’re doing their thing.”
At that point, Samuel was asked if he meant Banner, the team president, and Roseman, the general manager, when he referenced fantasy football.
"Do they fit the comment I made?" Samuel asked. "As long as I'm here, as long as I get paid each and every Tuesday, I'm going to go out and do my job to the best of my ability, each and every Sunday. I play for the fans and I play for my teammates, that’s what it’s all about."
The Eagles worked quickly to put out the fire. Reid issued a statement saying the team discussed “significant” trade offers for Samuel but decided against moving him.
"I am aware of how Asante felt and we have since talked. We both left with a positive feeling going forward. As I have said previously, when we acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha we had received numerous calls on the availability of our cornerbacks,” Reid said in the statement. “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.”
Samuel also appeared in front of reporters one more time after meeting with Reid. He tried to put out the flames too.
"Me and coach talked and obviously I let my emotions get the best of me,” Samuel said. “Everything is good, I'm happy to be here, and everything is settled. He explained to me how the business works and I'm that much more educated on how the business works in the NFL and everything is good. Let’s get a win on Sunday."
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