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For Samuel, it's status quo

He's locked down a shutdown label

Asante Samuel didn't need much time in training camp to get up to speed; he already leads the team with three INTs. Asante Samuel didn't need much time in training camp to get up to speed; he already leads the team with three INTs. (ROBERT E. KLEIN/FOR THE GLOBE)
By Christopher L. Gasper
Globe Staff / October 27, 2007

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During his contract stalemate with the Patriots, there was debate over whether Asante Samuel deserved to be paid as one of the game's elite cornerbacks. Samuel, who didn't sign his $7.79 million franchise tender until Aug. 28, more than a month after the start of training camp, has played like one this season. (Full article: 986 words)

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