June 2, 2010 |
Every player the Eagles expected to attend the start of full team voluntary workouts Tuesday was present and accounted for - including Asante Samuel. It would be difficult to miss the mouthy cornerback, who is one of only three players that hasn't used the team's NovaCare Complex as home base for off-season conditioning. Samuel, though, ventured up from his South Florida camp for this week's round of what the NFL calls "organized team activities. " Next week could be a different story.
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.
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.
May 2, 2013 |
ANDREW BYNUM showed the good people of Spain something he has yet to show Sixers fans: That he's got moves. The Sixers' center, who didn't play a single game this past season because of bad knees, was recently filmed flamenco dancing at a club in Madrid. Guess the local bowling alley was closed. Actually, Spanish dancing was appropriate, considering Bynum took an 82-game siesta this season. A little more than a month ago, Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both his knees.
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.
November 27, 2010 |
JOSELIO HANSON has done this before. Fifteen starts in an Eagles career that dates to 2006, some just because the defense opened in "nickel," others because of injury to usual starters. Maybe a lot of fans know him only as the guy who got suspended for the NFC Championship Game at Arizona last year for something he said was in his Chinese takeout, but Hanson is one of the longest-serving Eagles now, a role player with tenure. "We did a new deal [6 years, $15 million] for him last year, so we felt good about him," coach Andy Reid said yesterday.
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.