03-12-2007, 11:03 AM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Portland Oregon
Re: Samuel will not report to team's offseason program
Ok here is the main part of the article published in Sunday's Boston Herald:
Samuel holds out hope for right deal
By Albert Breer/ MetroWest Daily News
Monday, March 12, 2007 - Updated: 01:44 AM EST
With a wide smile on his face, Asante Samuel [stats] denounced the perception yesterday that he’s a disgruntled employee of the Patriots [team stats]. But the fourth-year cornerback, who is not yet under contract, has been around long enough to know how quickly things can change.
After expressing his satisfaction with the progress in negotiations, Samuel was asked if his happiness meant a holdout wasn’t in the cards. He wouldn’t go that far.
“Like I said, everything’s looking good,” he responded after briefly pausing to consider the question. “We’ll have to see what happens.”
Reached later by phone, Samuel’s agent Alonzo Shavers added: “Everything right now is good.”
Shavers did say that Samuel will not report to the team’s offseason program, scheduled to open a week from today, without a new deal in place. While franchise-tagged free agents are allowed to participate, most stay away as a measure to protect their financial interests.
“I’m not going to talk too much about (the negotiations),” Samuel said. “But they’re happy, I’m happy, so everybody else should be happy too.”
“This is my (professional) birthplace,” he said. “This is my first team and I hope I’ll never have to play for another team.”
That feeling, in part, is why Samuel didn’t feel slighted on Feb. 16 when slapped with the tag.