The Philadelphia Eagles just cannot get over the Terrell Owens saga. The team’s brass is so angry that T.O. moved on and continued his success that they constantly harass the star receiver.
This time, it is still about the money. This article says the Eagles are still trying to pull the bonus money they gave T.O. in a signed contract.
The NFL players’ union filed a grievance on Owens’ behalf claiming that the wide receiver should not have had to repay the money, but arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in the Eagles’ favor in late January of this year. The Eagles’ complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, said Owens owed the team $769,117.65.
An Eagles source said last night that the team filed the complaint because it has had no response from the Dallas Cowboys receiver on the matter. According to Bloomberg, the Eagles’ complaint asked the court to confirm the award and order Owens to pay the sum in addition to legal fees.
The NFL is on T.O.’s side because it is common sense. You sign a player and award him a bonus. If that player does not pan out and you fire him, how can you be entitled to that money?
The Philadelphia Eagles are scouring the garbage can in this scheme. They fired him. They suspended the player. When you do that, you don’t get that money back because you made a decision to send him packing. The money is guaranteed. It’s not the team’s judgment call to say his behavior resulted in the suspension and that disqualifies him from getting the bonus. Why couldn’t T.O. countersue and say the team sucked and he couldn’t stand playing for a whiny quarterback who can’t compete in the clutch? Why couldn’t T.O. say he was embarrassed to play with a quarterback who vomited in the biggest game of the year, and who wasted nearly a minute on the clock to recover because he’s fat and out of shape. That to me is worth at least $750,000 in lost Super Bowl winning pay.