Asante Samuel says he wants to stay in Philadelphia

Will the Philadelphia Eagles trade cornerback Asante Samuel before the start of the draft? Or perhaps deal him during the draft?

It’s possible and the former Pro Bowl cornerback admitted he’s wondered about his status too this offseason. He spoke to the team’s official Web site this morning as the Eagles cranked up their voluntary offseason workout program.

Any time your name comes up, of course you're going to pay attention," Samuel said. "It's my future. I'm not going to dwell on it or whatever, but I just know the Eagles' main focus is to win a Super Bowl and I think I'm an important part of that, so we'll see how it goes."

He’s been rumored to be on the block ever since the Eagles made the splash addition of fellow cornerback Nndamdi Asomugha. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has also moved past Samuel on the depth chart and Samuel was forced to play nickel. He thinks with a full offseason he could be prepared to better contribute.

"The more time you spend together the more you get to jell, the better things are," Samuel said. "We jumped right into training camp (last year). A lot of people didn't know a lot of things. We had two new corners. They had to catch on at a fast pace."

Ideally, he would like to stay but the Eagles might be better off putting a trade tofether.

"Of course, I love it here. This is my home. I've never been to a place I love more than Philadelphia," Samuel said. "It's up to management. I want to be here. I've always voiced that opinion. It's up to them."

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