Friday, July 22, 2005

TO is Done-ski in Philly

Thursday on Comcast SportsNet, Terrell Owens declared that he is prepared to leave the Eagles.Owens said, ''They[Eagles] know how business is conducted. I’ve told them what I’m doing is for my family. If they can’t understand that – and if they feel like I’m a no-nonsense guy – he[team president Joe Banner] wants to talk about Drew and I – if we’re problems, then I feel like we can be adults about it. Trade me. Release me, and we can part ways like adults.'' It's mostly hot air, but makes it less likely T.O. will show up to camp on time. Jul. 21 - 10:47


Blogger Dave Popstar said...

Well, for what it's worth, I think Banner's most recent comments about T.O. and his agent were stupid. There was no reason for them, and it was obvious all they would do is fuel T.O.'s discontent.

It's also interesting that Rosenhaus almost seems to be getting softer about this than T.O. -- saying there's a 50/50 chance T.O. will report, while T.O. seems to imply otherwise.

And does anyone else think it was just surreal that T.O. decided to stage a 40-yard dash for Comcast, and as soon as he finished, while still huffing and puffing, he walked right over the the camera and started talking about the Eagles?

And finally, I love it how T.O. apparently said something about wanting to play for Atlanta, but Atlanta shot back by saying there was no chance as they don't want such distractions on their team. I think it's likely that the NFL is behind the scenes giving marching orders to all the teams that have these contract renegotiation issues with Rosenhaus' players, telling them to stand firm. Maybe Rosenhaus thought he had so many players, he had some leverage. ...As it was said in response to a bartender who asked a patron if he was a string: "No, I'm a frayed knot."

7/22/2005 9:32 AM  
Blogger KES said...

This wont be long...........but the Eagles need to get rid of him. Trade his ass to someone else and get someone that will help them. If not, then let him sit, collect dust, and pray he blows his knee out while he is sitting out and can never play again.

Just my opinion.

7/22/2005 12:17 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

The biggest problem with trading him is to get someone else to satisfy his huge contract demands at this late stage in the game. He's holding out for a whole lot of cash and I'm guessing that few teams want to or can afford to pay that much, esp in light of his mouth and bad track record now. We still need a #1 receiver and we ain't going to the Super Bowl with our crew of lame ass receivers so it's really a lose-lose for both sides, IMO.

7/22/2005 3:05 PM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

I agree 100%, unfortunately. Even if we could unload him, we'll never get what he's worth because we're sort of desperate to get rid of him. But who would want him now? Baltimore doesn't need him. Oakland is the only team that typically takes problem cases, and they already got the biggest one in the NFL. How great would that be if both Moss and T.O. were on the same team? They'd kill each other. Better play the game with two footballs...

As far as T.O. -- I predict he'll be a no-show at camp and even miss some games. I think that's more likely that being able to dish him off somewhere.

Okay, one last diatribe... The NERVE of him to say that it will be hard for him to show up for camp if he "ain't gettin' paid." Three and a quarter MILLION dollars is not gettin' paid? My whole attitude is that he shouldn't care what others are making, but should care whether he making ENOUGH. How can 10 million over the last TWO years not be enough money?

7/22/2005 3:23 PM  
Blogger KES said...

Remember, he said that he is doing this for his family. Obviously he doesnt make enough to take care of his family so he needs to make more!!

7/22/2005 9:37 PM  
Blogger KES said...

Just a side note about Oakland....they already have one of the biggest asses in the NFL on their team (WARREN SAPP) they have one on looks like a great year for them.

7/22/2005 9:42 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Trade TO to a team with a rookie QB! We will take there best receiver plus draft picks. A young QB will have considrable growing pains. That will drive TO nuts and he will make a scene on the sidelines every week like he did in SF. He needs the ball to improve his stats. That is all he cares about. With a rookie QB it might take 3-5 years. TO will explode! Thankfully!

7/25/2005 4:43 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Check out CBS TO says "I'll be there!" He also said he wasn't "stupid " enough to get fined 9,500 a day. Now we will see how much of a cancer he will become on the sidelines. Money talks to those who worship it!

7/25/2005 4:58 AM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

I'm not sure what's worse at this point - having TO there with an attitude or having Pinky as the #1 receiver. After this offseason, I'd like to see us just trade him and be done with it.

7/25/2005 8:11 AM  
Blogger KES said...

Real justice would be having TO play a few games, produce for them, trade him for a GOOD receiver, and then on his first play from scimmage with his new team, SNAP.........a Theisman injury to his tibia.

I know I am cruel, but that is athletic justice and just how I feel about him right now

7/25/2005 9:01 AM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

Eskin said that he believes that the Eagles actually put a clause into T.O.'s contract that actually allows the Eagles to cut him and recoup some coin if he becomes a disruptive influence on the team. They put that in because they were worried about his rep and what happened in San Fran. Of course, I don't know how they'd actually word something like that and who would determine when he became truly "disruptive" but that's besides the point.

And Ray Didinger from NFL Films said this morning on WIP that he doesn't know what will happen with T.O., but he does know one thing -- that Andy Reid won't tolerate this type of thing for very long.

Is the question: Are we willing to suffer a step backwards this season in exchange for getting rid of T.O.? (Personally, I think it's not as simple, since we may face an inevitable step backwards either way -- an unhappy T.O. is not good, and our team without T.O. is not good.

7/25/2005 9:03 AM  
Blogger KES said...

We have all been on and around teams with disruptive people and we all know what happens to the team after a cancer like that is around for a while.

If he becomes that cancer, they need to get rid of him and buid without him. He will only destroy what is there now

7/25/2005 9:29 AM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

Man, it still really, REALLY bothers me when I think about it -- how McNabb lobbied to bring T.O. here, despite his reputation. I mean, it seems like McNabb almost went out on a limb for him. Now, however, T.O. is trashing the guy, and calling him a "company man" (which can have racial "uncle tom" connotations, btw). And just for money. (And of course, T.O. didn't seem to think it was bad for McNabb to be a company man when McNabb was influencing Reid to go after T.O.) It makes me sick, actually.

I also like how in the interview he gave after he staged his 40 yard dash, he referred to the value of his contract as "what they give me". As if he or his former agent never agreed to anything, and it's just the Eagles who are choosing to give T.O. whatever paltry amount they want. I thought he was someone who could take care of himself? He's a grown man, and signed the contract. Hell, the concept of "overperforming" a contract is just weird anyway. It's not like if a roofing subcontractor fininshes the job quicker and better than anticipated he can ask the contractor for more money. But if he underperforms by not doing it at all or leaving holes in the roof, surely the contractor can "cut" him.

Man, I don't get it. I also don't know how T.O. thinks, with his mouthing off all over the place, he is making it easier to be traded, making himself more attractive to other teams, or increasing his value. Seems like Rosenhaus' strategy was a result of his ego rather than any type of actual thought or planning.

Man, I just have no idea what's going to happen. But I can't think of a realistic scenario that's positive.

7/25/2005 9:37 AM  
Blogger KES said...

Believe me, there are teams out there just waiting for him to get out of Philly. Teams will fork over whatever he wants. After the Superbowl performance, and how he came back from that injury, asshole aside, he can play. In the NFL, that is the bottom line with most teams.
Believe it or not, there are a lot fo guys JUST like TO all over the league.

7/25/2005 9:40 AM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

The Denver Post quoted Dexter Wynn on the T.O. situation:

Dexter Wynn says this Terrell Owens holdout business is taking a toll on the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles' players. According to Wynn, if T.O. doesn't report to training camp later this week, it's going to tear apart the team.

Or not.

Truth is, it was all Wynn could do not to laugh when I asked him if Owens' contract dispute had become a distraction.

"Not at all," said Wynn, a second-year cornerback and kick returner from Colorado State. "It's business. It's between him and his agent. If it was a college kid saying he was holding out, it would be different. But the truth is nobody really cares as long as he's there by the first game." ...

I can't imagine it wouldn't have an affect on the other players. I mean, look at Dawkins. If anyone "outperformed" their contract, it's him. And you don't hear him crying or complaining. Even Westbrook, who switched agents and signed the tender just to take the issue off the table. (But they BETTER sign him long-term during camp).

7/26/2005 8:42 AM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

Okay, sorry for bloating this thread, but one more thing...

Yesterday, a caller to Eskin's show actually brought up a good point. (I couldn't believe it myself). He noted that T.O., who is so concerned about making as much money as possible, just killed himself in this town, where he could have stayed for years and made some huge coin on endorsements. (Hell, Vermeil's visage still graces billboards in this town). It seems more and more obvious that Rodenthaus' strategy grossly and profoundly misjudged Philly fans.

7/26/2005 9:37 AM  

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