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SLAG
11-08-2005, 07:59 PM
I think this sums it up!


DAWES: THE T.O. SWEEPSTAKES BEGIN
Nov 08, 2005, 4:13:47 PM by Rufus Dawes - FAQ


It’s so easy to say now: what were they thinking? What led the Philadelphia Eagles’ management to think that they were the ones to handle Terrell Owens?

More importantly, what can be going through the mind of one local radio talk show host to query Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson earlier this week if he or his head coach had any interest in the talkative Terrell? Peterson’s reply, if it needed to be given at all, but with some of these dullards it probably did, was: why don’t you ask the Eagles if they thought it was all worth it, I mean the trouble and the $12 million and all that the Eagles have paid him over these past two seasons? Do you really want a wide receiver who can’t get along with his quarterback, or in Owens’ case, his quarterback(s)?

As has been written here before, Terrell Owens is a God-send to all-sports networks everywhere and yesterday’s airwaves were littered with all sorts of pros and cons (yes, there were pros because this is talk radio, or TV’s version of it, and you’ve got to find a dupe somewhere) on Owens and how he’s likely going to end up with the Raiders or Broncos. He fits the Oakland profile, don’t you think? Or, Denver doesn’t care about the salary cap; Mike Shanahan can work with anyone. He did wonders with Dale Carter and Chester McGlockton and company, isn’t that right?

Forgetting the obvious for a moment, here’s the options for the Terrell Owens sweepstakes as they stand now. Owens is suspended for the maximum of four games for conduct detrimental to the team. Such a clause exists in every NFL player’s contract. Andy Reid and the Eagles can legitimately do that. After his suspension is over, Reid has said Owens will play no more for the Birds until when he did not say, but the feeling is he’s put on the green for the final time.

Owens’ cap number is somewhere in the vicinity of $3.88 million and he is only in the second-year of a seven-year contract. If he were to be waived today it would cost the Eagles $2.258 million this year and $1.53 million next year. Now, the Eagles are in very good cap shape with $6.73 million still remaining, according to NFL records. If the Eagles were to part company with Owens sometime after next March they would realize a savings of $7.5 million Or, within five days of that date in March they could trade him to another team and at least recoup some value for their disgruntled superstar, much like Tampa Bay did with Keyshawn Johnson. (This year’s trading deadline is well passed.) Again, this would accelerate his contract which would hit the Eagles at first hard, but at least Philly would get something for its pain.

A third option is to let him sit, far from the field but never far from your living rooms as he would surely appear again and again on ESPN or any of the sports programs that would have him, and there would be many suitors. He would become much like Johnson who was banished from the Tampa Bay Bucs, sent home to wait, and then eventually traded to Dallas. If terminated, Owens would have his choice of teams since he is a vested veteran and could sign with whomever he wished or whoever wished to be the next Eagles organizations that thought they “understood” Owens and were prepared to “work things out” before they got out of hand. But signing him to a long-term contract is a reach, to be sure. He will be 33 years old next year and his “prime-time” is quickly disappearing to make any serious long-term loot.

The idea that he would be perfect for the Raiders, the halfway house for misunderstood superstars who are never muzzled by management, while making for interesting conversation raises some obvious red flags. For starters, the Raiders are $35 million over for next year in cap dollars. Moreover, they have already added one superstar wide receiver and his teammate Joey Porter, who only recently re-signed with the Raiders, no doubt wouldn’t be happy in sharing the spotlight further or being dumped in favor of Owens. Over $36 mill locked up in a couple of wide receivers? Yeah, that’ll happen. But what a boon for Bay area media. Meanwhile, the cover of Sports Illustrated which featured quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady last week could have images of Owens and Moss in a similar pose, and ESPN could then predict the Raiders had all the weapons they needed to win the next Super Bowl. After all, the acquisition of players is all the media thinks it takes to win a championship, or so they say year after year.

As for Denver, well what do they care about the salary cap, according to one local Kansas City columnist? Mike Shanahan is a genius at manipulating the numbers and they’re just smart enough to pull it off. Imagine Chiefs fans, Moss and Owens in the same division. The trouble is Denver, too, is $33 million over the cap for 2006.

Will any of this come to pass?

Does it really matter where he ends up?

Is this what all the fuss is about in the end?

Isn’t it all just another example of the media’s, and the public’s too, infatuation with reality TV, which we know now if we never knew in the first place, is about as far from real as anyone can get? Besides, it’s all gussied up to look like some morality play and at best it’s a contrived soap opera. It’s ”(ESPN dramatic series) Playmakers without the script or the bad acting,” contends Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan. (November 8, 2005) “Well, without the script.”

“Here’s the bottom line,” claims Sheridan and who but the talking heads couldn’t agree. “Take ESPN out of the equation, and this is a run-of-the-mill contract squabble between a star player and a football team.”

The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Prodigiously well-researched, informative and opinionated, Rufus Dawes examines media coverage of the Chiefs occasionally throughout the year.

jspchief
11-08-2005, 08:11 PM
The PR machine rolls out quickly.

Don't worry Carl, most fans don't want him either.

HolmeZz
11-08-2005, 08:12 PM
I'd take him.

morphius
11-08-2005, 08:15 PM
What an idiot, the "dullards" just asked the question just to give Carl a chance to say it. Its not like they could not ask they question, and they were both laughing when they asked him.

So, who is the dullard, the one that asked the question, or the dumbass who doesn't get the "joke"...

Frazod
11-08-2005, 08:18 PM
I sure don't want to see that piece of shit in Denver. And character (or more to the point, lack thereof) sure screams BRONCO, doesn't it? :shake:

cmh6476
11-08-2005, 08:23 PM
did anyone else notice in there it said Oakland would be $35 mil over tha cap next year? :eek:

jidar
11-08-2005, 08:25 PM
Looks like the Donks and the Faid are about to go into Cap hell.
Here's to it being us and the Dolts on top for the near future.
Yeah I realize this all means jack and shit, but let me dream.

OldTownChief
11-08-2005, 08:25 PM
did anyone else notice in there it said Oakland would be $35 mil over tha cap next year? :eek:

Wow, and they suck now. Looks like we get 8 straight.

cmh6476
11-08-2005, 08:27 PM
damn, and the Broncos $33m :eek: :eek:

Cochise
11-08-2005, 08:28 PM
Like the cap applies to the Donkos.

On another note this might be the first Doofus column I've read that I didn't think was all hot air.

SLAG
11-08-2005, 08:30 PM
Like the cap applies to the Donkos.

On another note this might be the first Doofus column I've read that I didn't think was all hot air.


Thats one reason I posted it seemed pretty Straight Forward to me

SNR
11-08-2005, 08:46 PM
Where in this column does Dufus Rawes say that Whitlock is a douchebag?

Mr. Laz
11-08-2005, 08:54 PM
i didn't read it, but i'm sure there is a "fans are stupid" and "media corrupt" in there somewhere.

greg63
11-08-2005, 08:59 PM
Just saw on the local news TO :deevee: about how sorry he was for his behavior. Classic!ROFL

Rausch
11-08-2005, 09:16 PM
Great article.

Good points, well stated, and true...

KCWolfman
11-08-2005, 10:23 PM
T.O. is the living definition of locker room cancer.

I guess he predicted correctly, no one can touch him now - at least for four games.

Count Zarth
11-08-2005, 11:43 PM
I think T.O. may end up in Atlanta.

Mile High Mania
11-09-2005, 06:52 AM
Break out the TI scientific calculator... cut a few players, stretch out a few contracts. They'll be $10M under the cap by April.

Gaz
11-09-2005, 07:15 AM
Some team will be desperate enough to take a chance on Owens.

As long as it is not the Chiefs, I really do not care what happens to him.

xoxo~
Gaz
Indifferent, up to a point.

sedated
11-09-2005, 07:39 AM
cut a few players, stretch out a few contracts. (Denver) will be $10M under the cap by April.


Pay some players under the table, cheat to get a title, get caught but not punished...

Of course they'll have money, the NFL loves the f*cking donks.

dtebbe
11-09-2005, 07:48 AM
LOL, there is no way in hell that TO and The Randy Moss can exist on the same team. Here's hoping the Faiders give it a try.

DT

htismaqe
11-09-2005, 08:12 AM
I think T.O. may end up in Atlanta.

OMG...if he couldn't get along with Donavan McNabb there's NO WAY he'll get along with a guy that won't be able to get him the ball at all...

siberian khatru
11-09-2005, 08:15 AM
OMG...if he couldn't get along with Donavan McNabb there's NO WAY he'll get along with a guy that won't be able to get him the ball at all...

I was hearing this on the radio the other day. "If the Falcons could just get Vick a true No. 1 receiver ..." Like the problem is Mike's a gatling gun with no bullets.

milkman
11-09-2005, 08:24 AM
OMG...if he couldn't get along with Donavan McNabb there's NO WAY he'll get along with a guy that won't be able to get him the ball at all...

That was my exact same thought.

patteeu
11-09-2005, 08:53 AM
I'm on the incredibly lightly travelled "bring TO to KC" bandwagon. If any QB can deal with him, Trent Green can.

milkman
11-09-2005, 09:07 AM
I'm on the incredibly lightly travelled "bring TO to KC" bandwagon. If any QB can deal with him, Trent Green can.

I think Green would handle any situation with class.

The problem is that the rest of the team also has to deal with the egotistical selfish bastard.

The problem that TO presents has to be dealt with by the HC, where ever TO lands.

Right now, I think the only coach that might be able to deal with TO is Bill Parcells.

Skip Towne
11-09-2005, 09:11 AM
I think Green would handle any situation with class.

The problem is that the rest of the team also has to deal with the egotistical selfish bastard.

The problem that TO presents has to be dealt with by the HC, where ever TO lands.

Right now, I think the only coach that might be able to deal with TO is Bill Parcells.
What did Parcells end up doing to that WR that threw a jersey at him?

milkman
11-09-2005, 09:14 AM
What did Parcells end up doing to that WR that threw a jersey at him?

I can't remember who that was.

I'd forgotten completely about that incident until you brought it up.

Rain Man
11-09-2005, 09:23 AM
The idea that he would be perfect for the Raiders, the halfway house for misunderstood superstars who are never muzzled by management, while making for interesting conversation raises some obvious red flags. For starters, the Raiders are $35 million over for next year in cap dollars. Moreover, they have already added one superstar wide receiver and his teammate Joey Porter, who only recently re-signed with the Raiders, no doubt wouldn’t be happy in sharing the spotlight further or being dumped in favor of Owens.

Apparently the spotlight isn't very bright on JERRY Porter.


Prodigiously well-researched, informative and opinionated, Rufus Dawes examines media coverage of the Chiefs occasionally throughout the year.


Okay. For future reference, Joey is a linebacker for the Steelers, Rufus.

Mr. Laz
11-09-2005, 10:17 AM
What did Parcells end up doing to that WR that threw a jersey at him?

traded him(antonio bryant) to cleveland for that K-state receiver ... later cut that receiver iirc.

milkman
11-09-2005, 10:25 AM
traded him(antonio bryant) to cleveland for that K-state receiver ... later cut that receiver iirc.

Quincy Morgan?

Mr. Laz
11-09-2005, 11:04 AM
Quincy Morgan?
yep ... that be the one



thanks :thumb:

gblowfish
11-09-2005, 01:12 PM
Wow, Rufus writes a column that doesn't bash the local fans or media.
Carl's bandaged hand must preclude him from typing this week...