T.O.: 'I find my words being misinterpreted'
PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens finally found a topic he was tired of talking about -- his desire for a new contract.
Owens released a statement through a public relations firm Friday night saying he was done talking to the media about a possible contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Owens, who helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl in his first season in Philadelphia, is looking to renegotiate the seven-year deal worth almost $49 million he signed last March.
Of course, Owens blames the media for fueling the controversy over his decision to fire longtime agent David Joseph and replace him with Drew Rosenhaus, who met with Eagles president Joe Banner last week.
"Again I find my words being misinterpreted by the media, therefore at this time I have decided to refrain from discussing the recent series of events surrounding my contract with the Philadelphia Eagles," Owens said.
Owens set team records with 14 touchdown receptions and seven 100-yard games and finished with 77 catches for 1,200 yards. He broke his leg and severely sprained his right ankle in Week 15 against Dallas, an injury that sidelined him until the Super Bowl.
Owens defied his doctor's advice by returning to the starting lineup against New England just 6½ weeks after ankle surgery and was Philadelphia's best player on offense. He caught nine passes for 122 yards in the 24-21 loss to the Patriots.
This week, Owens said that he was underpaid compared to other wide receivers.
"I know I'm a top player in the game, and my current contract doesn't justify that," he said.
The Eagles under Banner and coach-general manager Andy Reid do not have a history of reworking contracts and have let several of their own high-priced veteran free agents leave without an offer.
Owens, though, took a shot at quarterback Donovan McNabb over his performance in the Super Bowl. Some Eagles said McNabb was so ill in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl that a teammate had to call one play in the huddle.
"I played every snap they allowed me to play," Owens told ESPN.com. "I wasn't even running until, like, two weeks before the game. But I made sure I was in the best shape possible. I wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl."
Asked to whom he was referring, Owens laughed and then changed the subject.
Owens on Friday said he was still friends with McNabb, who made a recruiting pitch for the outlandish wide receiver to join the team before last year.
"With respect to Donovan McNabb, I have been his teammate for the past year and we have worked closely together," Owens said. "He knows me both on and off the field; therefore, he knows how much I respect and value our friendship."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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