15 Aug 2005
I don't want Extra Points to become All T.O., All The Time, but I think that Peter King is right on the money in this commentary on the Owens situation. I can't say for sure because I don't play for the Eagles, but it seems like this has gone past Owens vs. ownership and become Owens vs. teammates. All summer long I've been telling people that only the Eagles can beat the Eagles this year, and apparently T.O. has decided to take me up on my challenge. It's frustrating because I would rather be talking about the game on the field. I'm not an Eagles fan, but I really hate to see a well-run team with a lot of talented players lose its shot at a Super Bowl title because the team had one gaping hole, and to fill it they put their trust in this jerk. It's also frustrating because his performance in last year's Super Bowl was so admirable. Owens showed so much character in working hard to get back on the field for the biggest game of his life, but he has colossal character deficiencies elsewhere in his personality.
Will Carroll pointed out to me that baseball agent Scott Boras did a chat on BP.com last week where he was asked about the Owens situation. His response made a very important point:
"Terrell Owens argues that the owners have the ability to void his contract at any time. While this seems unjust, this is in the NFL CBA. This is a huge issue that should be raised at the next collective bargaining session, but not in the context of an individual player. Owens knew this provision existed when he signed his contract."
Is it fair that the Eagles can get out of the contract if they feel Owens isn't worth the money, but Owens can't get out of his contract if he feels underpaid? The question is moot. Philadelphia doesn't set the rules for the NFL, the owners and players set them together when they negotiate the CBA. If you don't like it, take a leadership role in the union. The Eagles already tore up T.O.'s contract and gave him more money and a big bonus one year ago.
(There was originally a note here about T.O.'s agent screwing up his chance to become a free agent last year, but apparently that's not the case, so I have deleted it. See comments for details.)
180 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2005, 12:50pm by Carl
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