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T.O. Sez: DeSean Should Stay Home

Sep 7, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

Terrell Owens, who knows a little something about holdouts, was asked if he would be play Week 1 in DJac's situation, and not surprisingly, T.O. was adamantly opposed.

Even when he isn’t suiting up
somewhere in the NFL, Terrell Owens can’t seem to stay out of the
spotlight. Currently without a team and plenty of free time on his
hands, T.O. called into Mike Missanelli’s show on 97.5 The Fanatic on
Tuesday, and in typical T.O. fashion, was unapologetic as he weighed in
on a number of issues related to the Birds… including DeSean Jackson.

The
former Eagles All Pro wide receiver, who knows a little something about
holdouts, was asked if he would be play Week 1 in DJac’s situation, and
not surprisingly, T.O. would be adamantly opposed to playing this Sunday.

“Absolutely not. I would have to better myself and my family and my situation.”

Earlier in the interview, Owens explained why this is a bad deal for Jackson, which basically boils down to this:

“I
guarantee you if he goes out and gets hurt, God forbid, he’s not going
to get the contract that he probably would if he held out.”

While
Owens is rarely the voice of reason in any discussion, his thoughts
mirror what we have been saying about DeSean’s contract situation for
months. Only one year remaining on his contract with a base salary of
$600K, holding out seemed to be in his best interests.

Instead, every day he steps on that football field, Jackson is gambling with his future earning potential.

Of
course, he didn’t have much say in the matter either. A new league rule
stipulates DeSean would have lost a service year if he didn’t report to
the team in August, which would have cost him his impending free agent
status, leaving the wide receiver few options. The Eagles also refuse to
negotiate with holdouts as a rule.

Ultimately, we believe there
is a good chance DJac gets his contract extension sometime this season,
provided he stays healthy. He’s not a conventional receiver who is going
to catch 100 balls or be unstoppable on a weekly basis, but his ability
to run by defenders makes him one of the most explosive players in the
NFL, which changes the way defenses defend the Eagles’ entire offense.

And historically, this front office simply doesn’t let a lot of young, quality players get away.

It’s
a tough situation though. Jackson has become a superstar, but is being
paid like a reserve on a contract he signed when he had zero leverage as
a rookie second round pick. Frankly, the front office should have
rectified this problem by now.

>>Terrell Owens on with Mike Missanelli