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Asante ‘Unhappy’ with Pats; Won’t Play Until Week 10

Posted by Condo on June 5, 2007


New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel says he doesn’t plan on showing up to mandatory minicamp Tuesday, or training camp this summer, or the first 10 games of the regular season according to Samuel, who the Patriots ‘franchised’ this off-season is disgruntled with the Patriots organization.

Samuel told the Boston Globe that he is unhappy with the way contract talks have gone with the team and was quoted as saying “I’m not coming to camp. I’m not showing up til the 10th week. I feel unappreciated. The way they’re treating me is just wrong.”

I guess it is wrong to be franchise tagged which means you will receive at minimum the average of the top five salaries at the your position as of April 16, or 120 percent of your previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. In this case, Asante would take what the average of the top 5 cornerbacks which is $7.79 million for one season’s worth of football.

Asante has yet to sign the contract that he was tendered when the Patriots franchised him so he’s technically not under contract and therefore cannot be fined for missing minicamp. If Samuel shows up for week 10, he can receive a pro-rated portion of that $7.79 million contract, however if he sits out the entire season, he gets nothing AND the Patriots can be eligible to tag him again 2008.

Samuel is looking for a rich contract after a breakout 2006 season, in which he picked off 10 passes, recorded 65 tackles, and became an NFL elite cornerback. Not only that, but he also returned 3 INTs for touchdowns in the playoffs this season and at 26 years old, he is still young. He’s probably looking for a contract much like Nate Clements received which was an 8 year, $80 million deal with $22 million in guaranteed money which made him the highest paid defender in the NFL.

All I have to say is… THIS IS RIDICULOUS! A guy gets tendered a 1-year deal, for $7.79 million, which is not exactly ‘chump change’ and he is complaining about it? While I understand him trying to make as much money as he can, and wanting to make sure he gets ‘guaranteed’ money in signing bonuses in case of injury, it is still utterly ridiculous. The chances of injury are not very high, and if he is managing his money right, he should be set for life after making a paycheck that large for one season.

SUCK IT UP, play this season under the franchise tag, and guess what THEY CAN’T FRANCHISE YOU AGAIN! Which means you will only be 27 years old and will still be able to command a VERY RICH contract on the open market next season. Plus, who knows, maybe the Patriots will be able to afford to keep you next season if you still want to play there. YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST TEAMS ON PAPER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL AND WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WHILE MAKING ALMOST $8 MILLION, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT IN LIFE!?!

And pro athletes wonder why people in society hate them so much sometimes, shut up Asante and just play football!



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