March 1, 2008 |
The Eagles' second free-agent move figures to get done today. After signing Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel yesterday, the Eagles will entertain pass-rushing defensive end Chris Clemons today. Clemons, who had eight sacks in a reserve role for the Oakland Raiders last season, is scheduled to undergo a physical examination this morning. His agent, Don Henderson, said he would arrive in the afternoon with the intent of completing a contract for his client. "I'm looking forward to coming in there and finalizing things so Chris can get started with his off-season training program," Henderson said last night.
August 9, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It was an unusual moment in Eagles' training camp: Asante Samuel had gone quiet. The cornerback who talks smack to wide receivers, their coaches, quarterbacks, running backs, and anyone else who happens to catch his eye, didn't have much to say during special-teams practice. Bobby April, the special-teams coordinator, wondered what had happened. "Is he still on the team?" April asked loud enough for everyone to hear. "I ain't heard him, so I thought he quit.
March 6, 2008 |
The details of Asante Samuel's six-year contract are in, and they reveal just how much the Eagles wanted to sign the Pro Bowl cornerback away from the New England Patriots. According to a league source, Samuel will make $32.14 million in the first three years of his deal with the team, which is nearly $8.4 million more than defensive end Jevon Kearse received in his first three seasons. Kearse, who was released by the Eagles last week, had been the highest-paid defensive player in team history before Samuel's deal.
May 31, 2012 |
Asante Samuel was impossible to ignore during the Atlanta Falcons' first full-squad off-season practice on Tuesday. Atlanta's new No. 22 showed he likes to talk, pose and make plays. "Can I get some action out here?" Samuel called out on the field during the practice as he became impatient for a pass to be thrown in his direction. "Am I out here for my health? I want to show the people what I can do!" Within minutes he had two interceptions, one against Matt Ryan. "That's what you've got to do," he said.
August 9, 2010 |
BETHLEHEM - Cornerback Ellis Hobbs referred to himself as a dog and an alien in answering a question about how much he wants to prove his first season with the Eagles was an aberration. No, really. "There's that dog in me that wants to prove a lot," Hobbs said. "Just listening to some of the comments, as much as you try to ignore it, I'm an alien in this country. You really haven't seen what I can do. Last year was not a season you can judge me off of. " Hobbs was sidelined with a neck injury last November and is set on making it known that he is fully recovered and can still play the game.
October 24, 2012 |
FORMER EAGLES cornerback Asante Samuel likes to flap his gums. So it was a bit of a surprise when he declined to do a conference call with the Philly media Monday. Each week before games, Philly-area reporters ask to chat with a player from the upcoming opponent. This week, that's the Falcons, the team Samuel was traded to in April. For some reason, he didn't want to talk. Hey, it's not like Samuel hasn't mentioned the Eagles before. Just last week, he took a shot at Andy Reid on Twitter after the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
January 5, 2009 |
What does $57.14 million buy you? Apparently, an interception returned for a touchdown in the playoffs. The Eagles got a monster return on their investment yesterday when cornerback Asante Samuel, their big free-agent acquisition in March, returned an interception for a touchdown to help beat Minnesota, 23-14, in an NFC wild-card game. It was a huge play from Samuel, and the first touchdown of the afternoon for the Eagles, who won for the fifth time in six games to set up an NFC divisional matchup against the New York Giants, whom the Eagles beat at the Meadowlands four weeks ago. And it was why the Eagles invested so heavily in the Samuel, who will turn 28 tomorrow, with a six-year deal that included $20 million in guaranteed money.
November 29, 2010 |
CHICAGO - I should have some good news these next coming days. Time to get to work! - Tweet from Asante Samuel minutes after the Eagles lost to the Bears. Good news for Asante Samuel means good news for the Eagles, for defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, and, especially, for the Eagles' defensive backs. Samuel watched the Eagles' 31-26 loss from his home. A sprained left medial collateral ligament suffered a week earlier sidelined him. Samuel said he hurt his knee returning his second interception of that game, which gave him a league-high seven picks and almost assuredly set him toward a fourth straight Pro Bowl.
October 31, 2011 |
Nnamdi Asomugha, using his length and athleticism, lunged to pluck the floating ball out of the air - interception. That's what the Eagles thought they were getting when they signed the prized free agent to a $60 million deal in the summer. Asomugha stood and - in front of the Dallas bench - extended his arms to each side, holding the pose for more than a few moments. That's not what they expected. Asomugha is supposed to be the cool, cerebral complement to the loquacious Asante Samuel.
October 27, 2011 |
BEFORE THE Eagles practiced yesterday, Andy Reid said he wouldn't have anything to say about Asante Samuel's comments last weekend about feeling unwanted, and that Samuel wouldn't, either. One problem: Samuel wasn't finished. And once the cornerback spoke, a whirlwind afternoon of damage control began. It started after practice when Samuel said he and Reid are on good terms and that he's always had a strong relationship with the Eagles coach, but stopped short of stating that he's wanted by the organization.