Owens one year into seven-year deal
And make him the latest veteran who, apparently, hopes that his new representation will upgrade a contract that already ranks among the league's most lucrative.
League sources on Tuesday confirmed that Owens has hired Rosenhaus, after being represented by Robert David Joseph for the first nine years of his career. Rosenhaus plans to meet with Eagles officials, perhaps as early as Wednesday, to discuss the contract of his newest client, the sources added.
Eagles president Joe Banner, arguably the NFL's top salary-cap manager, did not return a message seeking comment.
Owens is only one season into the seven-year, $48.97 million contract he signed with the Eagles last March after being acquired from the San Francisco 49ers. The three-team trade occurred after an arbitrator voided a deal that would have sent Owens to the Baltimore Ravens. The contract included a $10.3 million signing bonus. Owens is to earn a base salary of $3.25 million for 2005.
The seven-year contract includes $21.5 million in total base salary and large salary-cap charges during the final three years of the deal, so it is doubtful Owens would have played out the deal. Whether Eagles management is amenable to revisiting the contract after just one season remains to be seen.
Owens, 31, added a big-play dimension to the Eagles' passing game last season. He had 77 receptions for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first 14 games, before suffering a broken right ankle. He returned after only 6 ½ weeks of rehabilitation to play in Super Bowl XXXIX, catching nine passes for 122 yards.
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