Eagles, Owens Approaching Deadline

One way or another, the Eagles and Terrell Owens will be parting company within the next week to ten days. The Eagles are still hoping to work out a deal, but if not, they'll simply cut Owens loose.

Terrell Owens' days with the Eagles are almost over. Even if they can't get another team to trade for the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, they intend to release him when he is due $7.5 million in roster and signing bonuses as part of the seven-year contract he signed with the Eagles in 2004.

Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2004 to help the Eagles reach the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly a quarter-century.

Owens threatened to become a locker room disruption if the team didn't oblige his renegotiation request, and followed through on that threat. He finally was suspended by the team seven games into last season after calling the Eagles organization "classless" and ripping McNabb for the umpteenth time.

Last month, the Eagles gave Drew Rosenhaus, Owens agent, permission to seek a trade. But most of the clubs that have expressed interest in Owens seem content to wait until he is released next month.

Denver, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Miami and the New York Jets were among the early suitors to pursue a deal for Owens. Denver and Tampa Bay have continued their pursuit of Owens, but haven't officially offered the Eagles a deal and both may take their chances on signing Owens once he's released.

Rosenhaus had hinted that Owens may be open to renegotiating his contract, since no team is interested in giving the wide receiver $7.5 million in bonus money up front and the Eagles also won't shell out that money simply to try to trade Owens. If he were a free agent, his contract would be void and teams could offer any sort of deal they wanted. Most teams have asked Rosenhaus to consider an incentive-laden deal, but he hasn't tipped his hand on just what concessions he and Owens may be willing to make.

The Eagles are expected to add a wide receiver during the free agency signing period. They were very pleased with the development of rookie Reggie Brown last season. Brown caught 43 passes, including four for touchdowns. They'll also be getting back Todd Pinkston, who missed all of '05 with an Achilles' tendon injury.


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