Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/26/11

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, apparently still annoyed by trade speculation surrounding him since the offseason, took some shots at the team's front office Wednesday.

"Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares? They've probably never played football," Samuel said Wednesday. "It's a business, and they run it like a business, and they're going to do what they need to do. They're playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing."

Samuel had been the subject of trade rumors since the Eagles' offseason acquisitions of high-profile cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Samuel stressed he had no issues with Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

"Everything has been good with me and Andy. That's my guy, that's who I play for, that's who I continue to play for," Samuel said. "I go to war for Andy. It is what it is, all the other stuff upstairs."

When asked if the upstairs comments referred to team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman, Samuel responded with a question.

"I don't know, do they fit the comment I made?" asked Samuel. "There ya go. You think they're upstairs playing fantasy football with the owner's money?"

Last week's NFL trade deadline passed without the Eagles making any moves.

Reid, who earlier in the day said he would not discuss any trade speculation, released a statement later Wednesday following Samuel's remarks.

"I am aware of how Asante felt and we have since talked. We both left with a positive feeling going forward," Reid said. "As I have said previously, when we acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha we had received numerous calls on the availability of our cornerbacks.

"After discussing significant trade offers with other teams, we decided to keep all three cornerbacks on our team. Asante is a valuable member of our team and we appreciate all that he brings to this organization."

Samuel also was singing a different tune to reporters later in the day.

"Me and coach talked and obviously I let my emotions get the best of me," he said. "Everything is good, I'm happy to be here, and everything is settled. He explained to me how the business works and I'm that much more educated on how the business works in the NFL and everything is good. Let’s get a win on Sunday."

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