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Landri hopes to stay; nothing 'imminent' on Asante

INDIANAPOLIS - The agent for defensive tackle Derek Landri said he expects to meet with the Eagles Friday night and that Landri would like to remain with the team. Meanwhile Asante Samuel's agent said there is nothing "imminent" regarding any trades for the corner, at least that he's aware of.

Landri hopes to stay; nothing 'imminent' on Asante

Derek Landri´s agent said he expects to meet with the Eagles Friday to discuss Landri´s contract. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Derek Landri's agent said he expects to meet with the Eagles Friday to discuss Landri's contract. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS - The agent for defensive tackle Derek Landri said he expects to meet with the Eagles Friday night and that Landri would like to remain with the team. Meanwhile Asante Samuel's agent said there is nothing "imminent" regarding any trades for the corner, at least that he's aware of.

The Eagles have expressed interest in bringing Landri back, said his agent, Harold C. Lewis.

Of course, the desire on each side hinges on getting terms they are both happy with, but that should be a far easier task if they both want the same thing. (No deal, though, can be signed until after the new league year starts March 13).

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman stopped short of saying he expects Landri back when he spoke to reporters Thursday, but made it clear that he thought Landri made valuable contributions and that the team would have conversations with his agents.

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Landri was cut after an impressive preseason but returned when Antonio Dixon got hurt and made plays as a rotational lineman.

All NFL agents are in Indianapolis today for a meeting with the NFLPA. Samuel's agent, Alonzo Shavers, couldn't say much about the corner's future or any potential trades.

"Nothing is imminent," Shavers said, arguing that even with a raise up to $9.4 million in 2012, Samuel would be worth it and the Eagles can afford him.

"Philly's got money," he said. "Did they change owners?"

Of course, the Eagles might point out that they have several young players to extend, Nnamdi Asomugha signed long-term and a cheaper cornerback option available in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The team struggled to mesh Samuel with Asomugha and DRC last season and, after trying to trade Samuel last year, many think they will go that route again this offseason.

But no trades are allowed until March 13, so, indeed, nothing official is imminent, though that could certainly change.

Drew Rosenhaus, who represents DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Evan Mathis, did not stop to answer questions.

At the actual Combine, quarterbacks take the main stage Friday, which means a look at pre-draft stars Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

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