No word yet on a new football home for the Eagles' Asante Samuel

Asante Samuel was in town to work on a Habitat for Humanity house with fiancee Jeviva Barrett and supervisor Tom McGlinn.
Asante Samuel was in town to work on a Habitat for Humanity house with fiancee Jeviva Barrett and supervisor Tom McGlinn. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 11, 2012

Asante Samuel was back in Philadelphia Friday, helping fix up a home for a single mother just a few minutes from Lincoln Financial Field.

The most pressing question for football fans is whether Samuel will be spending much more time in Philadelphia or if he will take his game elsewhere.

Asked if he wants to be back as an Eagle, Samuel said simply, "Of course." But he didn't elaborate.

"I just take it day-to-day, see what the future holds," Samuel said. But he said he had received no clear indication from the team what its plans are for him next year.

The Eagles tried to trade Samuel last season after acquiring Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Samuel lashed out at management, criticizing team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman for playing "fantasy football" and dropped numerous hints that his future might lie elsewhere.

Samuel is due a base-salary increase from $5.9 million to $9.4 million next season, and the Eagles secondary struggled with his style mismatched with Asomugha's.

Samuel said he had not yet spoken to new secondary coach Todd Bowles, hired last week.

Yesterday was the first time reporters had had a chance to talk to Samuel since before Christmas, when the cornerback injured his hamstring, missed the final two games of the season, and did not meet with reporters then.

Samuel was back in town for his charity Bring it Home Single Moms. He donated money to Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia to help pay for renovations of a house that a single mother will purchase, and his presence Friday brought attention to the charity and the cause.

Samuel stayed for about an hour, priming walls with paint for television cameras to record.

Habitat for Humanity helps people afford homes but only after they show they can pay a mortgage and contribute 350 hours of "sweat equity," including classes on managing their finances and the legal responsibilities of owning a home.

The home Samuel donated to and worked on will go to Rasheeda Manning, who has a 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. They currently live in a house sagging with water damage and mold. Habitat for Humanity workers were busy renovating her new house Friday.

Bryant on the Birds. According to weei.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Lakers-Celtics game on Thursday in Boston and got an earful from Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

"I told him the Eagles need a tight end," Bryant was quoted as telling Gronkowski. "I'm recruiting."


Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214, jtamari@phillynews.com or @JonathanTamari on Twitter.

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