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Terrell Owens Still Owes the Eagles

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2008


An arbitrator has ruled that Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens owes the Philadelphia Eagles $769,120.

The value represents the unpaid portion of his signing bonus after he defaulted on his contract in 2005. 

Owens had filed a grievance in an attempt to reclaim the $1.725 million that the Eagles had recovered from the $2.3 million signing bonus they paid Owens when he signed a seven-year, $49 million contract in 2004.

In 2005, Owens was made persona non grata in Philly after a series of incidents the Eagles deemed as conduct detrimental to the team, including publicly criticizing quarterback Donovan McNabb and management.

Owens was suspended four games without pay, and the Eagles also did not pay him for the final five contests, amounting to a total of $955,880. Now, Owens is forced to pay the remaining $769,120.


Commentary: Owens should be able to cover the bill; he's set to receive a $3 million roster bonus in March from his current team, the Dallas Cowboys.

As immaturely as he acted in Philly, he absolutely should have to pay back the rest of the bonus, so this result seems fair.


Fantasy Football Impact: Owens has been a pretty stable character in two seasons with the Cowboys, and his fantasy numbers have remained among the best in the league.

That should continue, and you can expect him to put in extra effort against the Eagles. In the first game this season, in Philadelphia, he set season highs with 10 receptions for 174 yards.

He also had a touchdown catch in that game, his first of 15 on the season, a Cowboys franchise record. 

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