Andy Reid has insisted that his wide receiving corps is plenty good enough to win a Super Bowl with. But that didn't prevent the Eagles from making a play for Randy Moss earlier this week.
In the hours before the Patriots re-signed the All-Pro wideout to a three-year, $27 million deal, the Eagles offered Moss more money to sign with them. According to reports, Reid spent more than an hour on the phone with Moss.
"Randy made it very clear from the get-go he wanted to be a New England Patriot," Reid said. "We knew it was a long-shot. But there was a little bit of a door open there and we took a shot.
"He was always going to go back to the Patriots. He made that clear. I just inquired about it and took a shot at it. I understand why (he re-signed with the Patriots). Life is good for him right now. It's the best it's ever been in his career."
Reid insisted the Eagles' pursuit of Moss was "a one-time thing." He said they are not actively trying to add another wideout. To be sure, they have expressed no interest in the remaining unsigned wideouts on the free market, including Seattle's D.J. Hackett and Arizona's Bryant Johnson. And they insist, contrary to reports, that they have not contacted the Arizona Cardinals about a trade for Larry Fitzgerald.
|Asante Samuel at practice (File photo)|
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"I'm going to bring a winning attitude here. I'm going to come here and be a role model, work hard, give it my all, and give them what they deserve."
~ CB Asante Samuel
Asante Samuel doesn't think he'll have a hard time getting acclimated to Jim Johnson's defensive scheme, even though it requires the corners to play a lot more press and man-to-man coverage than he played with the Patriots. "What I know the most is that it's an aggressive defense and they like to get after the quarterback," he said. "(Last year), our offense played against them and they gave us some trouble. They were pressuring and getting after the quarterback and playing an aggressive style of defense. I think I'll fit right in."
--Reid on signing Samuel: "When you have an opportunity to get the best cornerback in the business, then you need to look at that. Jim Johnson has great plans for Asante. I could easily see him doing what we do on defense when he was on the Patriots."