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August 27, 2007

Asante Samuel will be intercepting passes during the regular season.

Filed under: Agencies, New England Patriots, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: — emmettjones @ 4:22 pm

Patriots holdout cornerback, Asante Samuel, ended his holdout and is expected to sign a 1 year deal, which would pay him $7.79 million. Samuel had been holding out for an extension instead of the one year franchise offer that he will now be signing instead. The potentially bigger problem? Samuel may be in the same situation next year. ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli reports

It is not certain what Samuel accomplished with his absence from camp. Unless the Pats agreed to stipulate that they will not use the franchise marker on him again next spring, as the Chicago Bears did with franchise linebacker Lance Briggs, the cornerback will not have made a significant statement by staying away.

New England, it is believed, is opposed to forfeiting its right to use the franchise tag on Samuel again in 2008. Toby and Samuel’s agent, Alonzo Shavers, declined to say whether the Patriots had gotten Samuel to report by promising they would not apply the franchise tag to him again next year, according to the AP.

Samuel is only 26, so he does still have time to get that long term deal while at his maximum value, but if, he does not have a clause stating that the Patriots cannot re-franchise him next year…well, I don’t see what will stop him from holding out next year. On the other hand, the news media weren’t privy to the details of the contract. Samuel may easily accept being franchised this year and next depending on the incentives or terms given to him by the Patriots. As usual, it is the job of the armchair quarterback to second guess the deal.

Need a reminder on the definition of the franchise player? You can find it here.

Asante Samuel is represented by Alonzo Shavers of Infinite Sports Concepts which is a subsidiary company of Glenn Toby Enterprises.

ESPN: Samuel will sign$7.79 million contract as a franchise player

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8 Comments »

  1. I think Samuel did great for this year. 1 year deal for $7.79 million, but here is the problem he will most likely face next season. The Patriots did not want to give him the big contract hence the hold out.. So they will most likely not be interested in him next year. With getting that big a contract this year.. Other teams may not be interested in him next year, for fear of what it may cost them to bring him to their organization.

    Comment by Jason Wilson — August 28, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

  2. Ah. that’s a good point. I didn’t even think about the reasoning behind the Patriots not wanting to sign Samuel to the long term deal…maybe they are ready to let him go after this year?

    Comment by emmettjones — August 28, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  3. They could be, thou I can’t see why. They don’t seem to have much depth at that position. Plus he is still a very good player. I know I would take a chance on him if I were Jerry Jones, and he hits free agency next season.

    Comment by Jason Wilson — August 28, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

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