Could Asante Samuel End Up Back in a New England Patriots Uniform?

Patrick LanguzziContributor IIIOctober 27, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on after their pre season game against the Cleveland Browns on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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ESPN, as well as several other media outlets, have reported that former Patriot and current Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, ripped Eagles team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman Wednesday.

Samuel reportedly was hurt after being the subject of trade rumors through last Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.

Samuel, 29, a four-time pro-bowler, is reportedly owed $24.7 million through 2013. He is currently fifth among all active NFL players in interceptions with 43. 

New England fans' last memory of Asante in a Patriots uniform came during Super Bowl XLII, when an Eli Manning pass sailed through Samuel's hands; an interception would have undoubtedly sealed an undefeated season and given the Patriots their fourth Lombardi Trophy. reported last week that the Eagles were listening to offers on Samuel.

Asante was quoted as saying, "Definitely, it doesn't sit well with me. And obviously, they don't want me there, so life goes on. So we'll see where I'll be at."

Although the Patriots may not have been one of the teams reportedly showing an interest in Samuel, is it possible that he eventually ends up back in New England, where he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft.  

God only knows that the Patriots defense could use some help. The Pats currently rank last in the NFL in total defense heading in to Week 7; a pro-bowl caliber defensive back like Samuel could be just what the doctor ordered. 

The 2-4 Eagles play host to the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys in a crucial divisional game this coming weekend. Should the Eagles continue their losing ways and play themselves out of playoff spot over the next few weeks, Samuel could play himself out of Philadelphia.

Between the Eagles' acquisitions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha in the offseason and Samuel blasting the Eagles president and general manager, Samuel may very well find himself looking for another job.

Is it possible Samuel ends up back in New England, where it all began for him, similar to the likes of Deion Branch? 

Only time will tell.