Asante Samuel wondering where he fits in

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - August 1, 2011

He'll be glad to take all his touchdowns and interceptions to another NFL team.

"If they're tired of my big-play-making ability, maybe they'll ship me out," Samuel said. "Maybe they'll keep me. I don't know. Who knows?"

Samuel reported to Lehigh University on Monday morning after missing the first four days of Eagles training camp with an excused, undisclosed personal matter.

During those four days, the Eagles' cornerback position grew very crowded.

The Eagles acquired Pro Bowl CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals in the Kevin Kolb trade and signed another Pro Bowler, Nnamdi Asomugha, as a free agent.

Those moves left Samuel wondering exactly where he fits in.

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

Samuel has 42 interceptions in eight seasons, including an NFL-leading nine in 2009 and an NFC-best seven in just 11 games last year. He spent his first five seasons with the Patriots, playing in three Super Bowls and winning two.

But the additions of Rodgers-Cromartie and Asomugha have clouded Samuel's future in Philadelphia. Coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman have not discouraged trade rumors, saying only that for now, all three cornerbacks are Eagles.

"We think we have a great situation right now," Roseman said last week.

Samuel was asked Monday whether he believed the Eagles wanted him.

"It's probably 50-50," he said. "So we'll see how it goes."

Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said Monday that because NFL teams throw the football so often these days, there was no reason all three cornerbacks couldn't coexist.

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

Samuel insists that if he remains with the Eagles, he doesn't care how he's used.

"My role is my role," Samuel said. "I'll still do what I do. Nothing's changed for me."

Asked if he was curious how he'd be used, he shrugged and said no.

"Why would I wonder about that?" he said. "Wherever they want me to play, I'll be able to play."

At practice Monday afternoon, Samuel was at his usual left cornerback spot and Rodgers-Cromartie was at right cornerback.

Asomugha and other free agents are not allowed to begin practicing until Thursday. So - if Samuel is still here - the Eagles' practice Thursday morning will be the first in which Samuel, Rodgers-Cromartie and Asomugha will all participate.

Can it work?

"Sure," Samuel said. "Why not?"

Eagles now trade DT Bunkley to Denver

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley has been traded from Philadelphia to Denver for a 2013 draft pick, two days after the Eagles agreed to send the former first-round pick to Cleveland.

The move was announced Monday, and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman says Bunkley will report to the Broncos. Bunkley didn't show up in Cleveland.

"I think that he enjoyed it a lot here and I think part of the reason was this all shocked him," Roseman said. "He was a first-round pick. I think he thought he'd be here for his whole career. I think he liked the kind of the energy that's going on here and he wanted to be a part of it."

Bunkley had six sacks in 76 games in Philadelphia. He became expendable when the Eagles signed former Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.

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