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Jets contact Asante Samuel

Asante Samuel during his Patriot days. (Photo From insidetheiggles.com)

Asante Samuel during his Patriot days.
(Photo From insidetheiggles.com)

The New York Jets have reached out to Asante Samuel, the former Patriots CB, who’s a free agent.

The Jets secondary needs help and depth, especially since third round pick Dexter McDougle went down with a torn ACL for the season and Dee Milliner out for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain. 

From Manish Mehta: 

“The Jets reached out to 33-year-old free-agent cornerback Asante Samuel, who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, but it’s unlikely they’ll sign the four-time Pro Bowler, according to a source. The Jets, who have more than $20 million in salary cap space, are expected to sign a younger player.”

During his 5 seasons with the Pats, Samuel recorded 233 tackles, 4 FF, 22 interceptions with 3 returned for a touchdown, and 77 passes defended. He played in 75 games.

After 5 years with the Pats, Samuel signed with the Eagles in 2008 and played 4 seasons with them. He played in 56 games. During his time with the Eagles, he recorded 135 tackles, 2 FF, 23 interceptions with 2 returned for a touchdown, and 62 passes defended.

In 2012, he signed with the Falcons and spent 2 seasons with them before being released. He played in 26 games.

He recorded 66 tackles, 1 FF, 6 interceptions with 1 returned for a TD, and 23 passes defended.

Samuel, 33, would bring a veteran presence to the team, but he’s better in zone and Rex Ryan loves a man-to-man defense.

Samuel would love nothing more than to face the Patriots twice a season since he hates them now, and Ryan would love to grab a former Pat, but the difference in styles could prevent this match.

There’s a 40% this happens.


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