BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Donovan McNabb would rather exchange
high-fives with Terrell Owens instead of harsh words.
McNabb said Saturday he doesn't need to work out any differences
with Owens, even though the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback and the
All-Pro wide receiver squabbled during the Philadelphia Eagles'
"Everything is going to be fine," McNabb said after the
defending NFC champions held their first practice at training camp.
"I know you guys are looking for a story, for us to start fighting
or stuff like that. Sorry if I don't give that to you, but I'm just
going to be me."
Owens is due in camp with the rest of the team on Monday -- the
rookies and some other players reported Friday night. Though he
skipped mini-camps to protest because he wants a new contract, Owens
already said he plans to show up.
McNabb looks forward to throwing to his favorite target. The
flashy Owens set team records with 14 touchdown receptions and
seven 100-yard games, and finished with 77 catches for 1,200 yards
last season. He defied his doctor's advice, returned from a broken
leg and severely sprained right ankle injury and had nine catches
for 122 yards in the Super Bowl.
"I think it's good that we are finally going to put this to bed
and focus on our goal, obviously to make sure we are prepared and
our chemistry is where it needs to be on the offensive side,"
Owens started the trouble when he took a shot at McNabb, saying
he "wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl."
McNabb insisted he didn't get sick and wasn't tired in the
fourth quarter of the 24-21 loss to New England.
"Just keep my name out of your mouth," McNabb responded.
"Don't try to throw names or guys under the bus to better
McNabb said he has spoken to Owens since making those comments.
However, their relationship clearly isn't the same as it once was.
Owens wasn't among the seven teammates that joined McNabb for
offseason workouts in Arizona.
"My parents continue to instill in my head that the best way to
handle the situation is to continue to lift your chin up,
understand what is going on, and continue to move forward," McNabb
"In a situation like this, if it's T.O. or Bernard Hopkins,
whoever may decide to take shots, the best way to handle it is to
be yourself and being able to understand what is at hand. What's at
hand is for me to be prepared and ready to go lead this team to a
Super Bowl win."
Hopkins, the former undisputed middleweight champion and a
Philadelphia native, blamed McNabb for the Eagles' loss to the
Patriots in a television interview in March.
McNabb is coming off his best season in six years in
Philadelphia. He threw for 3,875 yards and 31 TDs, leading the
Eagles to the Super Bowl after three consecutive losses in the NFC
Owens and McNabb got along just fine last year, never missing an
opportunity to praise each other. But Owens hasn't been popular in
Philadelphia since he started complaining with his new agent Drew
Rosenhaus about the seven-year, $48.97 million deal he signed after
coming to the Eagles in March 2004.
Donovan McNabb would rather exchange high-fives with Terrell Owens instead of harsh words.