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Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:56 am
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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Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:34 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

No one really cares what you think, the fact is he is a good returner that runs a good deep route.  He is small and injury prone,  he cant go across the middle and he is always going to be known as the guy who is dumb enough to drop the ball before he scores.  Maclin is a much better all around reciever than Jackson, they will probably wisely let him test the market next year and draft a guy that has a better skill set and a better attitude.  As much as I hate Philly they are very wise when it comes to moves like this, they are too smart to let this idiot slow them down in their pursuit of a title.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:47 pm

Be careful whom you take advice from!

First off, let me go on record to say I am not a T.O. hater.  I believe he was the scapegoat in Dallas and everything was blown out of proportion in Philly.  I will also say that T.O needs to learn to keep his mouth shut. 

That being said, Desean Jackson should be careful of who he listens to.  I have had the privillege of several encounters with Desean Jackson, while he was a student at local Poly high here in Long Beach and I can say he is a good kid who needs to be very careful in this situation.  While I don't necessarily disagree entirely with T.O., you have to understand the nature of the beast D is dealing with.  The Philadelphia Eagles will not punked or otherwise embarrassed by a player.  Mike Vick is a great example in handling things the right way with Philly.  He said "I am not concerned about my contract right now.  I am just ready to get out there and help my team and that will take care of itself."  Boom!  Philly opens the pocket book.

Desean is doing the right thing by reporting to camp and playing this Sunday.  Trust that Eagles will do the right thing.

I understand, it is easy for me to say though.  Mr. Jackson is a professional football player in which anything can happen on one play and his career could be over.  It is a tough call, but consider all options and consequences Desean.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:17 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

I agree and I'm sure even next year if he comes back he is such an athlete teams still might sign him at the age of about 36-37.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:59 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

T.O. certainly wasn't listening to any other player's advice when he was doing sit-ups in his driveway for the media during his hold-out.  Just like DJax isn't listening to T.O.'s advice.  Clearly Jackson understands that this could be a very special year in Philadelphia.  Imagine Jackson winning the MVP of the Super Bowl and then heading into free agency.  Either way though, the way players handle their contract is a personal issue.  What ever any other player or peanut gallery member has to say about someone else's contract status is strictly for media fodder.  Who really cares what T.O has to say about DJax and his contract...certainly not DJax.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:43 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I absolutely agree with T.O.  Look at Steve Smith (NYG now Philly).  He wanted to wait to sign a big deal with free agency during his next to last year of the Giants contract.  The Giants wanted to sign him long term, but he opted to wait for free agency.  After he turned down the Giants offer of 5 years, he was he signs one year deals to prove himself.  T.O. may be brash, but this time he's right.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:56 pm

Shutup stupid

And while Jackson might be putting himself at risk, comes from simply seeing what happened when the last big-time receiver in Philadelphia refused to play without more money.

He got more money and went to a better team.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:46 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

T.O.'s opinions and this type of attitude is why he isn't in the NFL right now and why he has scared 3/4 of NFL teams from pursuing him during any of his free agency stints.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:43 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:36 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

If a player is underpaid and the team waffles on giving a contract extension based on the performance the player gave on the field, wouldn't the better option be to play out the year and then not give the team a chance to sign you when your contract ends? If they don't want to reward you for your hard work with an extension, leave them with nothing when your contract ends.

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:26 pm

Owens: DeSean should 'absolutely not' play Sunday

Your right maybe a sniff but teams are starting to realize that he is a headcase that brings alot of drama to your team, thats why his ass was whining about his finances on his stupid TO show. Just read it on aol news! So unless a big name player gets hurt on a surefire playoff team, he will sit on that couch and whine all year!

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