Deion knocks Asante again

Asante Samuel took offense to a quote from Deion Sanders earlier this season. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Asante Samuel wasn’t very happy last week when he failed to make the Associated Press All-Pro team. And he’s probably not going to be happy to learn that Deion Sanders’ was dissing him again Tuesday.

Sanders didn’t exactly diss Samuel earlier this season. Actually was praising him in a back-handed sort of way. Called him the best off-corner in the league. Samuel took offense to that, and he’ll likely take offense to Prime Time’s comments today.

Asked to name the league’s elite corners, Sanders went through 5 names, including the Packers’ Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, the Jets’ Darrelle Revis, the Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha and even the Chiefs’ Brandon Flowers. No Samuel.

How about Asante, I asked the soon-to-be Hall of Fame corner during a Media Day lunch break.

``How about him?’’ Sanders said.

Said Sanders: ``I like the kid. I think he’s a tremendous athlete, I really do. I know he got upset with me because I gave him a compliment he didn’t like. I don’t understand that to this day.’’

But you think there are several better corners in the game than Samuel?

``You tell Tramon (Williams) to cover the other team’s best player and he’ll say, `I got him.’ Left side, right side, doesn’t matter,’’ Sanders said.

``Woodson, Williams, Revis, they’re corners, man. You tell ‘em to take this guy and they’ll say, `I got him.’ Take that guy. `I got him.’ That’s how it is.

``It’s like the difference between a first- and second-down back and an every-down back. Same thing with a corner. You got a (good) corner, he’s got to go to this side or that side, no problem. He can do it all. That’s the kind of corner that I love.’’

And Sanders doesn’t love Asante.





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