Monday, August 15, 2005

T.O. gets a letter

From ESPN.com:

The Philadelphia Eagles have sent wide receiver Terrell Owens a letter outlining what they perceive is a series of behavioral problems over the last two weeks, a league source told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

Owens acknowledged in a conversation on Monday with ESPN's Michael Irvin that he had received the letter.

The letter was sent over the weekend and arrived at Owens' home in Atlanta on Monday, two days before he is scheduled to meet with head coach Andy Reid at the Eagles' practice facility.

A source characterized the letter as the beginning of a process to suspend Owens from the team if Owens' behavior does not change after that meeting takes place. Owens is expected, according to the Eagles, to rejoin the team on Wednesday, but Reid has said he would only allow Owens back on the field if he sees a marked change in his behavior and attitude.

8 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since T.O. has tried every other ploy to extort a new contract, rather than be a man of his word, I'm expecting him to soon say that the Eagles and Donovan are all a bunch of racists.

It's gonna come, because he's out of tricks, support and time.

Stick with your position Eagles. If the jerk didn't want the contract, then why did he sign it. You will be a far better team without his childish tantrums.

Face it, if you give him exactly what he wants today ... tomorrow he will want something else. He's not worth the disruptions. Dump him quick and get on with business!

 
At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Eagles could pick up Randy Moss!

 
At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are whispers on NFL talk sites of a possible deal with the Packers.
T.O.,Roderick Hood and/or Matt Ware for Najeh Davenport and WR Jefferson.That's near perfect.
The Eagles "no trade" mantra is
cutting off their nose to spite their face.If it's out there,do it.

I think we need TO to go to the Super Bowl but this experiment has clearly failed.

To make it work,it would take a full apology and realization by TO that his best chance to go to the Super Bowl remains with the Eagles.
Fat chance of that kind of maturity presenting itself at this
point.

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous ergross said...

I think management is finally making some moves that make sense. They need to bring this controversy under their control rather than leave it in the hands of TO and the local and national media (no offense Jenks). By giving TO the letter they clarify their own position, and give TO a standard he can use as a guide for his conduct, and a clue as to what to expect from the team. Both sides have something concrete to refer to, so the whole thing can move forward.

Meanwhile, after bungling the TO affair at the start, Banner finally said the right thing in the media. By characterizing TO as a valuable member of the team, Banner makes it easier for TO and the team to deflect the frenzied coverage of the affair, and set a context for moving forward.

The Eagles and their fans need to be friendly but cautious towards TO, because if they want to keep him or trade him (i.e. do something useful with him), it is in the best interest of the team that TO not be portrayed negatively. Management has tried to downplay TO's importance to the team for contract reasons. But in some cases they have portrayed him as insane and impossible to work with, and that is a very stupid move, since it only decreases his trade value, and makes it more difficult for TO and Management to work constructively toward a solution.

This is not to say that it is all managements fault, by any means. TO has handled his quest for guaranteed money in almost the exact wrong way, such that even if his points are valid, he puts those that agree with him in a position where they can't support him.

 
At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly is a working-class city and many of those workers are Eagles fans. Many of these folks have kids that are learning... that it's OK to give your word and sign a contract, but then when a very small portion of that contract is over, you can claim it isn't fair... and whine and complain! What's this teaching the children? It used to be... a persons word (or signature on a contract) was worth something.
True... an NFL player can be cut at any time, and any Philly worker can be fired... at any time. Our kids will learn that too. They will also learn that many Philly workers have a union to protect them from unfair treatment, as does the NFL Players association.
Our kids will also probably experience someone standing up for them, as #5 stood-up for TO in efforts to get him here... hopefully they won't experience this level of being T.O.'ed... as in Turned On!
McNabbb took the blame for the INT last night! Was it his fault? Who Knows! One things for sure.... the receiver has more respect for him for stepping up.... And my kid's the one who said it took "CLASS" for #5 to do it!
It's great to see her learning the good things... and respecting those who do so. She's only 13, but has more maturity than Those Others who fall back on their word.

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous GS Hill said...

Re the "Packer deal" whispers: Do you really think, with what Reggie Brown, Billy McMullen, Ryan Moats and Bruce Perry showed last night against one of the best defenses in the league, that the Eagles would trade two fine young D backs for Davenport and Jefferson? I think there is no chance of that. A solid defensive backfield is just too important to Coach Reid. It is the second thing (after the franhise QB) he went out and got in the draft.

 
At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) they did this in the preseason.
2) ryan moats was in against the the practice squad.

 
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