by Michael Stephens

As of this afternoon, Terrell Owens is free to play for any team that wants to make a horrible mistake and sign him. The Philadelphia Eagles released the wide receiver Tuesday, officially severing ties with the star after two tumultuous seasons.

Owens was due a $5 million roster bonus Wednesday, so the Eagles had to cut him or trade him by today to avoid paying him the money. The move was a mere formality after Owens was kicked off the team in November following his repeated contract squabbling and criticism of quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The Eagles gave Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, permission to talk with other teams in January. The former All-Pro has met with the Denver Broncos, while Miami and Dallas reportedly have interest in Owens, and Kansas City has said it would consider signing the flamboyant f-kup to a one-year, incentive-laden deal.

Owens signed a seven-year, $48.97 million deal with the Eagles after the 2003 season, then helped Philadelphia reach the Super Bowl, where he turned in a heroic performance just weeks after breaking his leg. But in the end, he was still T.O., and worth more to the Eagles gone than in uniform.

He held out in preseason for more money, then feuded with Coach Andy Reid, then called out McNabb time and again. Midway through last season, the Eagles suspended Owens without pay for four games and deactivated for the final five games. Owens was set to earn $770,000 (plus $7.5 million in bonuses) in 2006, then $5.5 million in 2007, $6.5 million in 2008, $7.5 million in 2009 and $8.5 million in 2010.

Wow. I would totally have held out, too. That contract is just a joke. What a complete lack of respect. A mere $49 million for an elite receiver? The nerve. What are the Eagles trying to do? Stay under the cap? Despite five Pro Bowls, and 716 catches for 10,535 yards and 103 touchdowns in 10 pro seasons, there is no way he will get a contract half that big next year. Good thinking, moron.

As for where this circus act will head next, Denver has salary cap problems and an NFL legend that doesn’t want his former team tainted. So the Files is going with Dallas. If anyone can keep the assclown in line, it’s Bill Parcells, and the chance to join an NFC East rival and seek vengeance against the Eagles might be too good for T.O. to pass up.



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