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Asante on future with Eagles: "I don't know"

Asante Samuel, during a conference call with New York reporters, was asked Wednesday if he could imagine jumping to a rival team like former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith did when he signed with the Eagles in August.

Asante on future with Eagles: "I don't know"

Asante Samuel runs back his third quarter interception against the Falcons. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Asante Samuel runs back his third quarter interception against the Falcons. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Asante Samuel, during a conference call with New York reporters, was asked Wednesday if he could imagine jumping to a rival team like former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith did when he signed with the Eagles in August.

"The way things are going this year," Samuel said, according to the transcript, "I guess I probably could."

Samuel clarified his comment after practice.

"Let me tell you what that means," Samuel said. "That means 2011-2012, I am an Eagle. 2012-2013, I don't know what's going to happen. ... I was on the trade block this year, right?"

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Samuel, of course, was the subject of trade rumors following the Eagles acquisition of free agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha. The team, at the time, said that they had received offers for Samuel and that every player was on the market for the right price.

It became apparent sometime during the preseason, however, that Samuel wouldn't be dealt before the season. He has started both games at his regular left corner spot. Asomugha has mostly played at right corner.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who came to the Eagles in the trade with Arizona for quarterback Kevin Kolb, has played some right corner, but has mostly been at the nickel.

Samuel is a four-time Pro Bowl corner and has the most interceptions in the NFL (37) since 2006. His 43 career picks are fourth among active players. He played his first five seasons in New England before signing with the Eagles in 2008 as a free agent.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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