Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel has never been one to be quiet when displeased. After Eagles general manager Howie Roseman spoke broadly about having a “surplus” at the CB position when questioned about Samuel’s future with the team, Asante decided to take matters into his own hands.
He took to Twitter to ask fans where he should go if the Eagles decide to trade him.
“@Thepresidentcb: If they trade me where would you guys like to see me go????”
Could this tweet be a reaction to news the corner received from the team about a possible trade? Or is he simply trying to work out his anxiety through social media?
This is not the first time that Samuel has openly discussed his feelings about trade rumors. In late October, he indicated that Roseman ran the Eagles like a geek running a fantasy football team, stating
“A couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They probably never played football. It’s a business, they run it like a business, so they’re going to do what they need to do. So they’re upstairs playing with a lot of money, playing a little fantasy football, so they’re doing their thing.”
Samuel quickly backtracked after receiving a talking to from head coach Andy Reid.
“Me and coach talked and obviously I let my emotions get the best of me. Everything is good, I’m happy to be here, and everything is settled. He explained to me how the business works and I’m that much more educated on how the business works in the NFL and everything is good. Let’s get a win on Sunday.”
The crowded CB situation for the Eagles has been a topic of speculation since the Eagles acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the trade with Kevin Kolb, then signing last season’s most high-profile free agent, Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Eagles were unable to find a way to effectively utilize the immense talent of the trio in the 2011 season, leading to increased speculation that Samuel will be traded.
Feeling unwanted and having that emotion seemingly underscored by your team can’t be an easy feeling. Samuel made it known as recently as last weekend that he wants to stay with the Eagles. But perhaps he has made peace with the idea that he will not be in Philadelphia for the coming season.
Comcast.net’s Jordan Ranaan observed of the tweet,
“@JordanRanaan The kind of question asked by someone who wants to be traded.”
Reactions to Asante Samuel’s tweet ranged from sympathetic to taunting to encouraging, such as “Anywhere for a 2nd rd pick!” and “Anywhere that’s no an opponent of the team I want to win.” There were several tweets suggesting that he return to the Patriots.
Samuel’s tweet probably won’t please the Eagles front office. But maybe that doesn’t matter. One things is for sure: With a single tweet, Asante Samuel has just upped the intrigue factor of how this situation will get resolved by several notches.