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Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:56 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Once upon a time, Terrell Owens -- unemployed potential Hall of Famer -- was a wide receiver for the Eagles who wanted a new contract. If the latter part of that sounds familiar, it should, because it's basically DeSean Jackson these days, even down to the fact that both men are repped by Drew Rosenhaus.

The difference is that Jackson, despite a brief holdout, has been less vocal than Owens in wanting a deal (which may be why the Eagles recently said it was doable). But that's not going to stop Owens from giving him some advice and telling him not to show up for work.

"Absolutely not," Owens told 97.5 The Fanatic on Tuesday when asked if he'd take the field Week 1 if he were Jackson. "I would have to better myself and my family and my situation. That’s ridiculous."

If there's one thing we know about Owens, it's that he's unafraid to speak his mind. If there's another thing we know, it's that he's willing to make a stink about a contract.

But if there's one thing Drew Rosenhaus knows about the Eagles, it's that they don't care how smelly you get over a new deal.

And Owens knows that and pointed out that Jackson was probably told "to go in there, be a man about it and play under the existing contract that he has." Which, clearly, Jackson has been told to do. Otherwise he wouldn't be there.

"But I guarantee you — if he goes out and gets hurt, God forbid, he’s not going to get the contract that he probably would have gotten if he held out," Owens added.

This is also true. If Jackson is seriously injured and doesn't have a big season, he will not make as much money as he would have if he made the Pro Bowl as a returner and a receiver. Again.

No one disputes this, so it's surprising that Owens thinks he's breaking ground with such an opinion -- injuries are not good for contract negotiations. They never have been, and they never will be.

And while Jackson might be putting himself at risk, the real advice he should glean from Owens comes from simply seeing what happened when the last big-time receiver in Philadelphia refused to play without more money.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:52 am

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:56 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

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Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:53 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

And T.O. wonders why co one will sign him.  

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Posted on: October 23, 2011 4:25 pm
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Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:15 am

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday


Why should I whine about that? Most have made their millions. And, usually by then, Veterans have proven themselves and are just that , VETERANS. Older and long on the tooth. I have seen many , many more players, that haven't proven jack and crying about their money.

I will raise you one. 
How about the owner that signs a player, giving big money up front. Then, that player doesn't play a down because of an injury, and the owner is out that money. Is it fair? Nope, just like the vet getting cut for the younger player.

Or , the rook who gets paid out of this world and is the next Ryan Leaf? Another gamble.

It's all a gamble. The owners and players know this.

My main points are this.

I CAN'T stand T-blow , he is the biggest POS in the NFL.

And, anyone making the MINIMUM, or more, playing a damn kid's game and starts complaining about "whoa is me, how will I pay for for my family??"..

The SAME DAMN way every OTHER American does it. By living within the means of their income and maybe selling off a few cars. And, how about actually having only maybe 1 or 2 kids (when ready) from one woman, than  3 or 4 or 6 from 6 different woman..

Oh whoa is me.

F. All that.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:38 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

Whatever happened to all of these players saying that they love the game of football so much that they would play for FREE (unless Deion Sanders)?  There guaranteed $$ is more than most of us sports fans will ever see in there lifetime.  Or as Pat Ewing puts it, "We spend more money so we need to make more money".  90% of the athletes out there throw there money away on BS anyway.  That's why you see people like Tyson, Holyfield and others hanging on too long or try and make a comeback in there chosen sport.  Throw away the contracts and go with one year deals (like the other post said) and let the athletes make there money year-to-year.  Most of the players make more in endorsements than there salary anyway.  Vick will never see more than the guaranteed money from his $100 mil deal.  Most of the players who get cut before there contract ends is usually because they don't perform at all (Brian Bosworth, Kijana Carter, Ryan Leif, Mandrich...)

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:26 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

SMF.....pleaseread my previous statement.... You said, "Yes, he is the best WR on the egals. Yes, he had a good year last season. If he doesn't have a good season last season. Can the egals ask for some money back?" Like I said before, every year an owner can not honor a contract and cut the player without owing him anything else!!!! Is that fair? Why don't you whine about owners cutting veterans just to sign a younger player and not honoring their contract they signed with players?

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:24 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday also said, "If he'd blown out a knee the owner would be out that money--and he sure as hell wouldn't be "negotiating" a new contract." You don't know your contracts in the NFL. They can cut you anytime during your contract and the player is out of the money. They don't get paid the full contract. Only the year's salary and any, if any, guaranteed money.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:21 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

@ Rooter.... If you're sick of athletes boguing on their contract, then you should feel the same when OWNERS cut a player in the middle of a player's contract. It goes both ways when you talk of contract issues. Many people on here whine and moan over players who outplay their contract and look for a new deal, but not one of you say a word when owners cut players for under-achieving or get hurt. DeSean is one of the good examples of being quiet about his contract, but I still agree with Owens and think Jackson should not play. If he plays, then the Eagles will wait til the end of the season to see what happens. If he gets hurt, then all the potential money is gone. Is that also fair for a player to put up pro-bowl numbers & get paid less than someone contributing less? Lesson time: Let's say you have been working at Cogswell Cogs for two years and make $25/hour. They hire someone in your same position but pay them $50/hour. You are one of the best at making Cogs, but the guy getting paid double what you make only produces half of what you do. Is that fair? Don't worry... I'll wait for your response.........

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