(Cross-posted at Market Power)
The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly given star wide receiver, Terrell Owens, aka TO, an indefinite time out, aka a TO, for being stupid in comments about his team and his teammates:
Perhaps the NFL’s best wide receiver, Owens has been a major headache off the field for the Eagles. On Thursday, he created some more angst with another verbal jab at Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb and criticisms of the organization.
In an interview with ESPN.com contributor Graham Bensinger, Owens agreed with ESPN analyst Michael Irvin’s assessment that the Eagles (4-3) would be undefeated if Brett Favre was their quarterback.
There’s no secret he’s upset about his contract:
Owens remains disgruntled over the seven-year contract worth nearly $49 million he signed last year after being acquired from San Francisco. He has a 2005 base salary of $3.25 million, which ranks outside the top 10 among wideouts.
Owens hired agent Drew Rosenhaus in the offseason, a move designed at trying to renegotiate his contract. The Eagles remained steadfast that they would not rework Owens’ deal.
So he’s acting like a baby, badmouthing his teammates and his organization. Perhaps he’s hoping the Eagles will release him so he’ll be free to negotiate with other teams and get a salary that he feels would fit the quality of player he is. But if I were the GM of another team, the marginal contribution of TO on the field may not be enough to compensate me for the additional salary I’d have to pay him (over my next best alternative at wideout) plus the extra baggage he’d bring to the team.