Asante: Eagles Didn’t Want To Trade Me To Falcons

The Eagles’ offseason trade of Asante Samuel was complex for a few different reasons – most of all, because of Samuel’s contract.

The veteran cornerback had to restructure his deal with any team that wanted to trade for him, so in reality, it was almost like he was a free agent picking his destination. If the Eagles found a trading partner that was willing to offer up acceptable compensation, the call was still pretty much Samuel’s. No team in the league was going to trade for him and pay his original salary from the Eagles contract.

“It was a joint thing,” Samuel said, per the Falcons’ web site. “It was something we all had to agree on together. I had other choices that I was not going to pick. Atlanta was the place I wanted to come. They tried to not let me come to Atlanta of course, but we got it done. We got it done.”

The Birds ended up settling for a seventh-round pick from the Falcons.

Meanwhile, Samuel was asked about his Tweets last week, following the news that Andy Reid had fired Juan Castillo:

Asked about those comments, Samuel said, “Y’all assumed that was about Andy. I didn’t say it’s for Andy. I just made a quote and then another quote and everybody said that was for Andy, so y’all did that.”

But he did stick up for Castillo.

“Juan’s my guy. Shoutout to you, Juan,” Samuel said. “He had the 12th defense in the league. He was doing a good job as I could see, and it’s just unfortunate that he had to resign from his job or whatever. But great guy, man. Worked hard. Any coaches out there need another coach, he’ll definitely get the job done for you.”

Samuel and the Falcons sit at 6-0. They’ll take on an Eagles team that is at .500 and has lost three of four. Samuel’s clearly keeping tabs on his former team, so what does he think the Eagles’ issues have been so far?

“It’s kind of hard when 22 ain’t there,” Samuel said. “22 keeps things going for you, know what I mean? So just got to deal with it. Make your bed, you gotta lay in it, you know?”

And finally, he was asked what kind of reception he expects to get from the fans here Sunday afternoon.

“They better cheer for me,” Samuel said. “They’re going to cheer for me or we’re going to have a problem right there in Lincoln Financial Stadium.”

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  • LostInChiTown

    What kind of reception? I’d say an 80 yarder to a sprinting DeSean while you bite on the double move looking for an interception. Sorry Asante. Steep decline might be an overstatement, but your game is all takeaways. With 4 in the last 20 games, we’re really not missing the old 22 all that much.

  • morgan c

    Despite the weaknesses, Asante was a player for us. He didn’t ask to be traded. I’d cheer for him.

  • amanda

    22? Brandon Boykin is here…..I’ll take that 22 any day over an Asante who can’t tackle, can’t practice in preseason, bites on double moves for interceptions he can’t make anymore, runs off at the mouth like a diva receiver, and is too inflexible to play the entire field. And DRC and Nnamdi aren’t bad either……sounds like sour grapes to me…..

  • Matt

    I’ll be at the game and cheering for him… he’s hilarious!!

  • Kimbafuzz

    I have no issues with Asante. At the end of the day, he was a decent corner and excellent ballhawk who didn’t want to be traded. Any bitterness he feels is because he seemed to really enjoy being a Philadelphia Eagle. I can’t hate on the man for that.

    • Anebriated

      well said. The Eagles had a chance to pick up one of the best man corners in the game(arguably, for the haters) in free agency then were able to acquire a young corner who had flashed greatness and has the potential to be a stud. After that it became a numbers game. Asante had his flaws but his ability as a ballhawk generally made up for his mistakes.

  • djack10

    he runs his mouth, but you know what? he heard the fans when we got on him about tackling. he was physical his last year. he made some legit shots on people. he bounced off because he weighs what? 170? but he did try to lay the wood. i always thought he was too mouthy though.

  • Darby Township Eagle

    They wanted a ball hawk when they signed Asante and he pretty much delivered on that. His tackling wasn’t great but I’d expect more of that from the linebackers and the safeties (who didn’t exactly stand out in that department either). It’s a business and it’s time to move on. As a man, he needs to take ownership of his Twitter comments. Come on, dude.