Reid And Asante Make Ammends?
If you believe Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid things are back to normal between him and cornerback Asante Samuel. Me, I’m not quite sure if I’m buying that.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said he and cornerback Asante Samuel talked after Samuel’s recent comments on the 975. The Fanatic and that they are moving on.
Reid said he and Samuel agreed to have no further comment. Earlier this week, Samuel told reporters that Reid had put a gag order on him.
Reid tried to dimiss trade talk involving Samuel before the deadline, reiterating that everybody calls everybody (Eagletarian)
Here are Samuel’s comments on the Fanatic.
“Definitely, it doesn’t sit well with me,” Samuel said. “Definitely, I’ve been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me there. . . . Definitely, it doesn’t sit well with me. And obviously they don’t want me there, so life goes on. So we’ll see where I’ll be at.”
I have no doubt in my mind that is how Asante really feels and it’s how he still feels even after his talk with the big guy.
These rumors first surfaced after the Eagles acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnadmi Asomugha. The rumors were justified as all played the same position and what team needs three elite corners?
Of course it all faded as training camp went on and it was time to focus on football. Those rumors resurfaced at the deadline, with Howard Eskin saying as many as five teams contacted the Eagles. Reid said everyone calls everyone about everyone and you know what I believe that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy called a couple of those teams saying hey what would you give me for Asante.
All I can take out of today’s Eagletarian post is that it’s water under the bridge, for now. Meaning, Samuel will shut his mouth and do what he’s paid to do and that’s play football. Asante knows that if the Eagles want to recover their season and make the playoffs they don’t need these distractions.
“Well, as long as I’m getting paid I’m gonna do my job,” Samuel said. “So whoever [is] cutting the check, I do my job. . . . So I’m not worried about that. I just know in the back of my head they don’t want me there. So, you know, that’s not gonna leave. They put it out there so everybody could know that, so I know that and everybody knows that. So it’s in the back of my head. And Asante Samuel is a business entity first, so I’m going to make sure I handle my business accordingly.”
Now this off season, well that’s a different story. Expect the issue to come up again and Asante to be a little more outspoken about his feelings.