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Friday, March 10, 2006
Terrell Owen's Unfinished Business
Soon the Eagles will cancel the Great T.O. Experiment, by trading or cutting the wideout. (See Countdown Clock at right.) Oh, but you can be sure, that won't end it. Yes, Owens, lips zipped and website-inactive for many weeks, will catch on with a new team, but, no, that still won't end his business with Philadelphia, even if he finally sells his Moorestown mansion.
First, remember, there's still a grievance pending, filed by the players' union against the Eagles, not only for the team's refusal to pay his post-suspension salary, but for demanding he repay a lot of his signing bonus. The union told Early Word no date for the hearing has been set yet, because its lawyers have been kind of busy, with some sort of collective-bargaining agreement. League spokesman Greg Aiello explained that the suspension was more urgent to settle because Owens was missing games, which is not in any way to make light of Owens missing money.
The new NFL contract even addresses this situation, saying a team can't get signing bonus bucks back unless a player retires early or refuses to play. Nothing in new deal, though, is retroactive, Aiello says, so the new provisions don't pertain to the Eagles-Owens dispute.
Second, remember those remarks by Donovan McNabb about Owens committing "black-on-black crime"? T.O. never responded. But you can bet he will. And it won't be just to say, "Oh, I know Donovan was exaggerating. Maybe he just got tired while talking to reporters at the Super Bowl."