Asante Samuel: ‘I Want to Be Where I’m Wanted’


The Philadelphia Eagles' addition of two of the NFL's top cornerbacks has left Asante Samuel — the Eagles' former No. 1 corner — uncertain of his role in Philly.

"If they're tired of my big-play-making ability, maybe they'll ship me out," Samuel told ABC 6 News in Philadelphia, with an obvious hint of sarcasm. "Maybe they'll keep me. I don't know. Who knows?"

If he remains with Philadelphia, the former Patriot will likely be pushed into a backup or nickel role, as the consensus is that newcomers Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be the team's two starting corners.

While some consider this "three players for two spots" situation to be a problem, the Eagles counter that the increase in spread, pass-first offenses in recent years requires teams to have increased depth in the secondary.

"Everybody's trying to get three and really four good corners, the way people throw the football," Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said. "We have three starters. We need three starters. That's a great deal. We're excited."

Samuel said that he would accept whatever role the Eagles organization puts him in, as long as his talents are appreciated.

"I want to be where I'm wanted," he said. "If I'm wanted here, then here. If I'm not appreciated here, then life goes on, and I move on."

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