I've never really bought too much into the old "playing for a contract prior to a free agent year". However, watching the incredibly mediocre Asante Samuel this year, my opinion has changed. As bad as the Pats' cornerbacks have been for the past couple years, Asante has never proved himself a top ten, or even top twenty cornerback. Yet here he is leading the league in picks the year before he becomes a free agent. Watching his selfish play today, taking a sure pick away from his fellow defender in hopes of padding his stats really pissed me off. What could have been a major turning point in the game, turned into a "could have been pick" for good ol' Asante. I guess what really bothers me is that some idiot team will pay Asante top five cornerback money in the offseason, and the Pats secondary will become that much worse. What the hell are the Pats going to do to finally solidify the weakest component of their defense in an offseason that will feature Asante Samuel as one of the best cornerbacks?