Owner: Owens has received 'self-destructive advice'
Owens fired longtime agent David Joseph in April, hired Drew Rosenhaus and started asking for a renegotiation just one year into a seven-year deal worth almost $49 million.
The Eagles have intimated they wouldn't redo the contract, and owner Lurie told the newspaper, "It's not even an issue."
"It's a non-issue," Lurie said. "There are a lot of things I spend time thinking about, but that's not one of them."
Lurie criticized Owens' new agent for giving him "self-destructive advice."
The flamboyant Owens helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl in his first season in Philadelphia after eight years with San Francisco.
Owens, reached at his offseason home in Atlanta, declined to comment.
Rosenhaus also declined to respond. "My policies are not to comment, so I have no comment," Rosenhaus said.
Owens skipped the Eagles' mandatory minicamp April 29, in a holdout that could extend into training camp, which starts in late July.
"I know I'm a top player in the game, and my current contract doesn't justify that," Owens had said after hiring Rosenhaus.
"Every player is both fragile and talented," said Lurie, who was traveling Wednesday with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to a conference of chief executive officers in Beijing.
"Unfortunately, we're seeing around the league certain agents who take advantage of the fragility of the players, and are less worried about their continued success and stability than acting self destructively. It's too bad," he said.
Asked if he expects Owens to be with the Eagles next season, Lurie said, "If he wants to win a Super Bowl, he should be."
"At this level, with multimillions [of dollars], you're just trying to leave a legacy and win Super Bowls, as far as I am concerned. And he's got a great opportunity," Lurie said.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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