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Samuel: Wonderful To Be Back

Samuel, who had been absent because of an excused personal reason, addressed questions as to whether he, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie can thrive in the same defense. But first, Samuel expressed his pleasure to be back with his teammates and coaches.

"It's wonderful to be back," he said. "I'm home. Ready to go to work. Happy to be here."

As for his outlook for the suddenly star-studded crop of corners, Samuel agreed with Asomugha and Rodger-Cromartie before him. They can find a way to make it work.

"More talent is always the best so we'll see how it goes," Samuel said. "On paper, (we're the best group of corners in the league). Until we play the game and see how it goes. There's a bunch of big0name players on the team ... I guess we'll find out after the Super Bowl."

Even though he wasn't with the team at Lehigh, Samuel was keeping abreast of the team's moves. He said he wasn't surprised by the Asomugha move, as "free agency is free agency." With that, he welcomes the former Raider with open arms.

"He's a great teammate, he's a hell of a player and he can do a lot for the team," Samuel said. "I met him a couple times. Nnamdi's an awesome guy. I met him at the Pro Bowl. Well educated guy, well spoken, great athlete so I have a lot of respect for him."

Samuel was also prodded about rumors that he's on the trading block. Samuel responded with an answer that we can all agree with.

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

"If they're tired of me making big plays over here, we'll see what happens."

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