Owens gets his wish: He's an Eagle

OWINGS MILLS -- Terrell Owens won't be wearing the Baltimore Ravens' uniform. <P> The controversial wide receiver joined the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday as the trade to Baltimore was rescinded in a settlement negotiated between the NFL management council and NFL Players Association.

The Ravens retain their second-round draft pick that they had traded to the San Francisco 49ers for Owens and will receive the Eagles' fifth-round draft pick in this draft. The Eagles receive Owens' rights and have already agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract that includes a $10 million signing bonus.

The 49ers receive defensive end Brandon Whiting in a trade from Philadelphia.

Prior to special master Stephen Burbank's decision, this settlement was reached. "We made an aggressive move to get Terrell Owens on our team," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "In good faith, we made a trade that was approved by the NFL and we thought we had a valid contract with T.O.

"We have our second-round choice back and an extra selection. We'll use both to improve the 2004 Ravens. As I said a few weeks ago at the start of free agency, my head is not in the sand regarding our receiver position. We want to get better there and we'll keep trying to do so between now and the start of the season."

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens caught 80 passes for 1,102 yards and nine scores last season. The Ravens' returning wide receivers, Travis Taylor, Ron Johnson and Frank Sanders, combined for only 54 catches, 837 yards and three touchdowns.

Marcus Robinson, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, caught a team-high six touchdown catches last season.

"Our collective mindset is to improve this team," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We'll keep doing this through the draft, free agency and in other ways. It's a disappointment to not get T.O., but I'm confident in our abilities to raise the Ravens to the next level."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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