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  1. Hostile

    Hostile Persona Non Grata Zone Supporter

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    Updated: March 14, 2006, 1:38 AM ET
    Barring unforeseen twist, Eagles to release T.O.


    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com




    One way or another, Terrell Owens' tumultuous two-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles is almost certain to end Tuesday, likely with the team releasing the exiled wide receiver who played in only seven games in 2005.
    The seven-year contract that Owens signed with the Eagles in 2004 stipulates that the team is to pay him a $5 million bonus if he is on the roster for the fifth day of the "league year." Because of the delays necessary to negotiate an extension to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the league year began Saturday instead of March 3 as originally scheduled, and that makes Wednesday the due date for the bonus.

    If Owens is still on the roster on Wednesday morning, the Eagles are on the hook for the roster bonus. To avoid paying the $5 million, they must release him by the end of league business hours Tuesday -- or no later than 4 p.m. ET Tuesday -- so that he is on the official transaction document disseminated to all 32 franchises.

    So barring some last-minute twist, Owens, who is also due a second bonus of $2.5 million later this month, will be released before the afternoon deadline. The end of the Philly-Owens relationship will immediately make him a free agent, and it will save the Eagles $4.54 million in salary cap charges in the coming season.

    There is a remote possibility, of course, that Owens could be traded. But most franchises interested in the big-play wideout have been reluctant to invest even a low-round draft choice in a player who figures to be available on the open market. Also, any team dealing for Owens would inherit his current contract, and clubs believe it is a prohibitive deal -- there are five seasons remaining on the contract, which was originally worth $49 million -- that needs to be reworked.

    Owens visited with Denver officials in late January, and the Broncos seem intrigued by him, but owner Pat Bowlen said this week the perceived ardor has been "overblown." It is not believed that Owens made any other visits. He and agent Drew Rosenhaus were granted permission in January to seek potential trade partners.

    It does not appear likely, league officials acknowledged last week, that Owens or Rosenhaus have any avenues of recourse remaining for blocking the wide receiver's release. Nor does it appear any such move would be in Owens' best interests, since gaining his freedom will enable him to quickly begin shopping for a new home.

    His off-field actions from 2005 aside, Owens is still regarded as a premier playmaker, one who could draw interest from a core group of four or five teams when he is released. With what transpired last season, Owens cannot return to the Eagles.

    A 10-year veteran, Owens was suspended twice last season, the first time during summer training camp for a week, then at midseason. He appeared in a career-low seven games and caught 47 passes for 763 yards and six touchdowns.

    In November, arbitrator Richard Bloch upheld the Eagles' right to suspend Owens four games for conduct detrimental to the team, and to place him on the inactive list every week after that for the balance of the season. The in-season suspension cost Owens $764,705 of his scheduled $3.25 million base salary for 2005.

    The Eagles are also trying to recover $1.725 million, a prorated share of the $8.5 million signing bonus Owens received in '04. The NFL Players' Association has filed a grievance on his behalf in that case. It is not known when that grievance will be heard.

    In 10 seasons, Owens, who began his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers as a third-round pick in the 1996 draft, has 716 receptions for 10,535 yards and 101 touchdowns. He has appeared in 142 games, 128 of them as a starter, and has been chosen for the Pro Bowl five times.

    Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
  2. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    What a career!
  3. RealCowboyfan

    RealCowboyfan Championship

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    Cross you fingers peoples:bow:
  4. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Shock the world Philly !!! Give him a new deal !!!
  5. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    Seven hours and counting......
  6. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I've been writing for the last few days, the desire for TO is exaggerated. He blew it with Philly. Teams are flat out scared to invest too much money in him. He's going to get a rude awakening when going through the contract offers. The demand and money offered just isn't what the media experts say it is. Everyone is denying their desire for him.
  7. Hostile

    Hostile Persona Non Grata Zone Supporter

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    I don't want him, but I think Parcells and Jerry do.
  8. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    I thought I read a blog (Sorry, no link) that Jerry wants him and is trying to convince BP ?

    Who knows ? I just know I have typed the name Jevon Walker about 20 times this morning. Ever since Ice came out with that thread a week or so ago about trading Ellis and a pick for him I have been obsessed...
  9. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. If teams truly had a strong interest in TO they would have made a trade with Philly to prevent getting into a bidding war with other teams. Fact is there will be no bidding war and few teams have a real interest in TO and it speaks volumes about how teams feel about team chemistry
  10. Wheat

    Wheat Philosopher

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    I think this is where Philly is offering him to the Broncos and Chiefs for just about nothing. Maybe even a condition pick in the 2007 draft.
  11. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    it can make all the differance in the world...there is a reason for united we stand/divided we fall
  12. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    I hope they take it...I would even give them the Cowboys 7th rounder to take him
  13. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree which is why I don't want this idiot in the Cowboys locker room. I understand perfectly clear the positives with TO but I'm not going to kid myself and act like there is no negitive with TO there is and it is one that will hurt a team dearly
  14. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    Sell your souls gents.
  15. dmq

    dmq If I'm so pretty, why am I available?

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    When Jerry wants a player and Bill doesn't, it seems like they are never fully utilized.
  16. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    4:01Pm...Sign T.O.!
  17. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    Yup TO is like corrosive acid... thrown on a battery you get a momentary powerboost but it eats right through the battery...
  18. Redball Express

    Redball Express All Aboard!!!

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    Eddie Goerge, Peerless Price, Antonio Bryant..Hambrick..'The Dude' Wiley..the list goes on.

    I don't see JJ breaking up his partnership with BP over a TO type.

    TO isn't coming to Dallas.

    He has no BP connections and BP will never trust him to lead this team with his history.

    That job is already filled with BP, Bledsoe, Key, Aaron Glenn, Fergi and numerous others already established on the team.

    People who think TO will come to Dallas have gotten into the sauce too much at the local watering hole.

    parcellswaterboy
  19. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    Can you see the headlines !

    Jerry Jones signs TO to blockbuster deal !!!!

    BP quits !
  20. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    I dont want him either...and JJT says he doesnt think the Cowboys do either as well

    I still think he isnt coming here

    David

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