The problem in the NFL, more than any other sport is the definition of the term "contract".
The NFL definition of the word is that:
1) Once two parties agree, the only thing that is guaranteed is the signing bonus (to be paid in two or more installments)
2) The financially responsible party may terminate that contract at any time by paying out the remaining bonus money due.
There's much more to it, but these two points cause the most contention between player and employer.
The player, knowing that the contract is not guaranteed outside of the signing bonus, feels that anytime he outperforms (is his opinion) the yearly monetary compensation that it is time to renegotiate.
The Organization, especially this one, believes in "Shut up and play for what you agreed to play for".
And really both parties are right.
The problem is not the stance this organization takes, but rather the way they take it. There's an overt smugness in their demeanor when it comes to player contracts. They're smarter than us remember? So they allow no wiggle room, no breaks, no exceptions excluding the most rare of cases.
Did Terrell Owens go about asking for a raise the wrong way? No question about it.
Did the Eagles Front Office make matters much worse by denying to even entertain a compromise? Absolutely!
With such a long list of other players similarly dissatisfied, common sense dictates there may be a need to change their policy. Maybe be a little more flexible in some cases.
But of course they know better than us how to run an organization, look how full their trophy case is...
Cheap shot I know, but there's some evidence here.
They let Trotter defect to the Redskins and had been looking for a serviceable middle linebacker up until two years ago.
They let Brian Dawkins go and still are not set at the Free Safety spot (although Allen looks very good so far).
Derrick Burgess left and for years the Eagles have been looking for a Trent Cole compliment.
They traded Sheldon Brown, who played his heart out for this team and their second corner opposite Asante is... Hobbs? Hanson? Are we more confident in those guys than Sheldon?
And that's just on the defensive side of the ball.
The Eagles Front Office has ruled their cap space with an iron fist, in keeping the gold standard.
Gold is nice, but Eagles fans would prefer silver.
If you're puzzled by the reference, silver is what the Lombardi Trophy is made of.