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  • Asante Samuel may be seeking a trade

    http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10108712

    Adam Schefter's "Around the League" reports and commentaries can be seen regularly on NFL Total Access.

    (April 4, 2007) -- A near perfect offseason in New England now is being interrupted with a reminder that not everything is ideal in Patriots Nation.

    Free-agent cornerback Asante Samuel, whom the Patriots slapped with their franchise tag in February, is so displeased and discouraged with his contract talks with the team that he now is open to the idea of playing elsewhere and will seek a trade.

    "This is to let everybody know that I'm not happy anymore and things are not going well," Samuel said in his first public comments since the Patriots franchised him. "At first I thought it was going well, but it's not.


    Asante Samuel feels his value is higher than the Patriots realize.
    "We have a difference of opinion in my value. They think I'm worth one price and the other teams think I'm worth a lot more. If a long-term deal can't be done at fair numbers for me and New England, then I want to be traded."

    If a long-term deal cannot get done with New England and a trade to another team does not happen, Samuel said he also is prepared to take steps he would rather not and sit out this season.

    "If it's best for me and my family," Samuel said, "I will do that. Absolutely."

    Patriots spokesman Stacey James declined to comment.

    However this plays out, New England looks as if it is going to have to address this potential problem after solving others this offseason with the additions of linebacker Adalius Thomas, running back Sammy Morris, tight end Kyle Brady and wide receivers Wes Welker, Donte' Stallworth and Kelley Washington.

    "We want to get something done and my hope is we will," said Samuel, who intercepted 12 passes last season, including two he returned for touchdowns in the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets.

    "But if it doesn't get done, I'm prepared to do what's best for me and my family. It's not what I want to do, but what I have to do. They're handling their business the way they feel they have to and I'm going to do the same."

    Samuel now would like to be able to strike a deal with another team.

    Problem is, any team that signs Samuel to an offer sheet -- and the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins are among the many teams seeking upgrades at the position -- would have to compensate the Patriots with two first-round picks.

    A team also could arrange a sign-and-trade deal, but it's unlikely that New England would be willing to deal the 26-year-old Samuel within its division, although the Patriots once did so with free-agent running back Curtis Martin.

    "The rest of the league knows I'm worth more than New England is offering, but they're scared of that (compensation)," Samuel said. "But I want to get this over with bad enough that I'm willing to work with any team to get a fair long-term deal done."

    Samuel's frustration goes beyond the limitations that other teams are facing in trading for him. He said that when the offseason started, the Patriots told him they would take care of him with "an elite contract." But in Samuel's opinion, no "elite contract" has been forthcoming at a time when San Francisco shelled out $80 million for free-agent cornerback Nate Clements.

    Also, Samuel has watched the Patriots reward players such as Thomas with big money while he has not been offered a similar deal for his role in helping the Patriots win two Super Bowls and come within a few minutes of reaching another last season.

    Now, after contract talks stalled again, and the sides remain far apart, Samuel felt he had to push this issue from the background to the forefront.

    "I've been patient, haven't said anything bad, haven't said anything negative," Samuel said. "But my patience has run out. Business is business. They handled their business their way and I'm handling my business my way. I hope not, I really hope not, but it's looking more and more like it could be time to move on."

  • #2
    Scott Pioli: *twists Asante's balls which were already in his hands*

    "you aint goin anywhere"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
      Scott Pioli: *twists Asante's balls which were already in his hands*

      "you aint goin anywhere"
      Worked well with Branch last year, eh?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Damix View Post
        Worked well with Branch last year, eh?
        Thats only because Branch is severely overrated and he managed to trick Seattle into giving a 1st for him.

        Asante is far too valueable for him to do the same. Unless its a mid 1st for Asante, hes there to stay.

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        • #5
          About damn time. I was wondering what was wrong with Samuel and Dwight Freeney to not make a stink about the fact that they're getting hosed.


          Nobody cares about your stupid fantasy team.

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          • #6
            I think he'll end up somewhere in the NFC becuase theres no way he's going to the Jets


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            • #7
              If I were the jets, I would offer #25 overall right now, and see if they will do it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
                Thats only because Branch is severely overrated and he managed to trick Seattle into giving a 1st for him.

                Asante is far too valueable for him to do the same. Unless its a mid 1st for Asante, hes there to stay.
                Actually it was a future 1st, which has the value at the time of a mid-2nd, so it wasn't a bad trade at all.


                Nobody cares about your stupid fantasy team.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Achilles33 View Post
                  If I were the jets, I would offer #25 overall right now, and see if they will do it.
                  Pioli rather stick his johnson in a blender than give Asante to the Jets.

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                  • #10
                    Samuel is better than any corner in this draft. Hes close to a top ten pick, itll be hard to trade him im not sure a team will give up the value that the pats will want.

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                    • #11
                      So I suppose we should be hearing rumors about the Redskins pursuing him soon.

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                      • #12
                        hes not really seeking trade or demanding it

                        he said if a deal doesnt get done sone(if they fail to reach an agreement thats fair to him) then hes prepared to holdout and hes ready to demand

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                        • #13
                          Chiefs trade a future 1st round pick and Greg Wesley for Asante


                          maybe not though nevermind
                          Last edited by bored of education; 04-04-2007, 08:25 PM.
                          my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                          <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                          <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                          <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                          Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                          What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bored of education View Post
                            Chiefs trade a future 1st round pick and Greg Wesley for Asante


                            maybe not though nevermind
                            future 1st? no. Wesley blows anyways..theres a reason 2 second year players will start over him. hes on his way out

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                            • #15
                              Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
                              my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                              <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                              <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                              <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                              Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                              What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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