Tag:Terrell Owens
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:44 pm

Report: Terrell Owens hospitalized Thursday night

Posted by Will Brinson

We've covered the return of Terrell Owens to the NFL, and the likelihood that anyone will actually sign him. Hint: It's low. And it's probably going to get lower thanks to a report on Monday that Owens was hospitalized last Thursday.

TMZ (natch) reports that at 11:02 p.m. Thursday, an ambulance was sent to an apartment where Owens was staying after someone there called 911.

The site has yet to obtain any information about the "nature of the emergency" and/or why "cops were called to the scene."

Additionally, Owens' representatives have not commented on the story.

The only thing we do know right now, per TMZ, is that Owens has been released from the hospital since then.

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:04 pm

Drew Rosenhaus clarifies comments on '60 Minutes'

Posted by Will Brinson

Super-agent Drew Rosenhaus caused quite a stir leading up to Sunday night's showing of 60 Minutes, stating that the NFL would "fall apart" without him.

Rosenhaus also flashed his sale pitch Sunday night, which was again on display Monday morning when he took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about the NFL collapsing without agents being around.

"I want to clarify a comment from 60 Minutes," Rosenhaus tweeted Monday. "I believe the NFL would fall apart without the contributions of the sports agent profession. Agents as a whole play an important role in the infrastructure of the NFL. Agents help to keep the business of the NFL running smoothly."

Honestly, that's kind of a difficult point to argue.

[VIDEO: Rosenhaus' full 60 Minutes interview]

Agents are a pain for teams, sure, because they want more money for their players. But what would happen if players actually negotiated for themselves or -- gasp -- used the union as a negotiating tool?

Well, the power of the individual player would be severely dampened, of course. Willis McGahee came off a serious knee injury in college and somehow managed to get drafted in the first round anyway. That was all Rosenhaus.

Terrell Owens -- though he may be lacking work in the coming months -- has been able to consistently find a job with teams. It's not because he's a locker-room charmer. It's because of Rosenhaus.

And perhaps the best example in recent memory: DeSean Jackson. While Jackson doesn't have a contract, do you think he'd be playing by the rules and suiting up for the Eagles if he didn't have Rosenhaus (who learned from a previous mistake with Philly and the aforementioned Owens) advising him? Probably not.

Agents might not get the greatest reputation in the world, and they're certainly a downfall for the college game at the moment, but they're an inevitable part of the evolution of professional sports. And an ultimately necessary piece of the process.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 3:02 pm

Casserly on Terrell Owens: 'I wouldn't sign him'

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens, currently unemployed wide receiver, is slated to return to action from a torn ACL sooner rather than later. (He went as far as venturing to Korea for stem-cell treatment in order to get back on the field sooner -- it appears he'll be back faster than the originally-planned six months timeframe.)

But will anyone want him? CBS Sports Charley Casserly, speaking on The NFL Today, didn't say no one would want him, but he did say he, acting as a GM, wouldn't go after Owens. And Casserly had a few very specific reasons.

"I wouldn't sign him today," Casserly said Sunday. "When I go back to Cincinnati [film] last year, he wouldn't go across the middle, he wouldn't block. My sources in Cincinnati told me a couple things: he still had that selfish attitude and he's still a disruptive guy in the locker room. Not for me."

Owens could potentially provide some production for a team that desperately needs a wideout, but it's quite unlikely that a) anyone will pay him and b) any team that wasn't in the thick of a playoff hunt would bother.

And while there are a ton of teams still very much looking at a postseason berth, there are plenty of teams (Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, Bengals) that won't have any interest because they've already dealt with Owens.

In other words, there are probably a lot of general managers in the NFL who feel the same way as Casserly.

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Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 9:18 am

Terrell Owens in Korea for stem-cell therapy

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens football career has taken him to ... Korea. But he's not there playing in some bizarro CFL that you've never heard of -- the free-agent wideout is in Korea getting treatment on his surgically-repaired ACL.

Owens went under the knife for ACL surgery in late June and was expected to miss about six months. Since then, he's said he'll be back "before they expect," which may explain why he took Dr. James Andrews' advice and hopped a plane to Asia for stem-cell therapy.

"Mr. Owens starts with therapy Monday followed by the collecting and storing of his stem cells the next day," Lee Jung-no, doctor and president of the Chaum Anti-Aging Center, told the Korea Times.

And, yes, I thought it might be an Onion article at first, too, but it's not -- Owens is actually in Korea having this work done. (Or shopping his pilot to a television network/country that hasn't seen him act.)

"We do have our branch hospital in the United States, and Dr. Andrews advised Owens to contact it first, which then led him to visit our office here," Lee said.

Presumably, the doctors in America can physically perform all the same surgeries and regenerative processes that the doctors in Korea can. The only difference might be what's prohibited by medical associations.

It's similar to what happened with Peyton Manning, who reportedly flew to Europe for stem-cell surgery/therapy in order to try and get and back on the field before the 2011 season began.

Obviously it's difficult to even gauge how far along in the rehabilitation process Owens is at this point, but if he was due to return from ACL surgery in December, and he's pushing for stem-cell therapy in a different country in September, the logical guess is that he's struggling to recover as fast from injury as he used to.

And, given his recent comments about income while being pulled over for violating carpool lane laws in a 2003 VW Beetle, perhaps he's more desperate to get on the field than we could imagine.

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: September 17, 2011 11:01 am

TO pulled over, could have money troubles

T.O. still looking for a j-o-b. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrell Owens may not be back in the NFL just yet, but he's keeping plenty busy. Returning to football is "just a matter of time," he told TMZ recently, after undergoing offseason surgery for a torn ACL. In the meantime, Owens is offering DeSean Jackson financial advice, focusing on his acting career, doing his reality show, and getting pulled over for allegedly driving in the carpool lane … with no one else in his vehicle. Scandalous, indeed.

The ubiquitous TMZ with the details:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, T.O. was pulled over on Monday -- driving a 2003 VW Beetle -- after police observed him violating the two-or-more-passengers rule in the carpool lane.

But according to law enforcement, once Owens was pulled over ... cops also cited him for an expired registration ... and having overly-tinted windows. The carpool violation runs AT LEAST $381 -- but thankfully, the other two citations can be written off ... provided T.O. updates his registration and brings his windows up to code.
The most shameful thing to come out of the report? The fact that TO was driving a VW Beetle. Then again, that might explain the overly tinted windows.

In any event, we expect Owens to get another chance to play in the NFL, partly because we think he still has something left, but also because there's a chance he might need the dough. In a recent episode of the TO Show, Owens can't get ahold of his financial advisor.

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No money, mo' problems for T.O.

"Football season is on a standstill, so I have no income at this point. None. On top of that, you're talking about the mortgage of all the real estate that I do have. And on top of that, child support."

And now there's the $381.

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Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:13 pm

DeSean Jackson took out insurance policy on self

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson, potentially in line for a new contract, stands to gain a lot of money and leverage if he has an impressive performance this season. He also stands to lose a lot, should he suffer a serious injury.

Which is precisely why the Eagles wide receiver, who reportedly wants as much as $10 million a year in a new deal, took out an insurance policy on himself before the season began.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jackson told reporters on Thursday that he took out a one-year policy on himself that is worth "millions."

McLane notes that "speculation has it" that the Eagles will give Jackson some more money "within the next month or so," but that's exactly what everyone thought the Eagles would do with Jackson last year. And they didn't.

And so Jackson took matters into his own hands, and took out a policy to ensure that if he suffers a terrible injury, he'll receive more compensation than the $600,000 or so he's earning this year.

This isn't anything new -- a future-earnings policy is pretty standard for many football players because of the physical nature of the game and the non-guaranteed contracts that NFL players receive.

One of the most notable of such contracts was the $2.5 million policy that current Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee took out on himself two weeks before he sustained a major injury against Ohio State in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

Hopefully, Jackson won't ever have to worry about collecting.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:56 am

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

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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Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 5:01 pm

Hot Routes 8.9.11: Grossman takes the lead


Posted by Josh Katzowitz
  • What kinds of consequences will Titans DB Cortland Finnegan have to face after missing practice last weekend because he was unhappy about his contract (and then lying to his fans about it)? Sounds like the team management will forgive, but might not forget.
  • Anthony Gonzalez isn’t exactly sure how many NFL players are taking HGH, but he’s pretty sure that those players are out there, lurking in the shadows. Said the Colts WR to the Indianapolis Star: "How many guys are on it, that's hard to say," Gonzalez said. "It could be 10, it could be a hundred or more; either way, it's too much. But around the league, you see guys on Sunday, and things don't add up; they don't look right. I see guys I saw in college, now they're in the NFL and they look totally different."
  • The relationship between newly-minted HOFer Richard Dent and his former coach, Mike Ditka? Yeah, not too good. Ditka didn’t show for last weekend’s induction ceremonies, and Dent didn’t mention Ditka in his speech.
  • Browns DE Marcus Benard bulked up about 25 pounds during the offseason because he thought that would make him more effective. Funny thing about that. The coaches disagree and want him to lose the weight.
  • As a brief aside, we hit the 10,000th follower on our Twitter feed today. Many, many thanks to those who made it possible.
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