FOXBOROUGH — Rodney Harrison was caught slightly off guard today in the Patriots’ locker room when asked if he was looking forward to seeing former teammate Asante Samuel.
“I forgot about that,” he said, piecing together that Friday’s opponent, the Eagles, is Samuel’s new team.
Harrison was then asked how Samuel was doing in Philadelphia.
“He’s doing great,” Harrison said, before turning the tables on the questioner. “Wouldn’t you — $60 million richer? He’s doing wonderful.”
It was then pointed out to Harrison that Samuel had been limited due to a hamstring injury, and Harrison was asked if Samuel might be following in the line of former Patriots players who signed elsewhere only to experience health problems and not produce as projected (such as Damien Woody, Deion Branch and David Givens).
Harrison bristled at the question.
“He’s a tremendous player and he’s going to be a tremendous player no matter what uniform he puts on,” he said. “It’s a story for [the media] to sit back and hate on him and wish that he does terrible because he didn’t sign here. But all in all, he’s a friend of ours, and we wish him the best. Business is business. Sometimes you can sign a guy and sometimes you can’t. You don’t worry about things you can’t control.”