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T.O. still wants at least $5 million per season

T.Owens.jpgWe’ve consistently heard that, when it comes to free-agent receiver Terrell Owens, he needs a sizable contract in order to feel that he’s being treated fairly — even if only one team is interested in his services.

Four years ago, T.O. got 25 million reasons to live, even though the Cowboys were the only franchise willing to throw him a line.  Last year, the Bills gave him another 6.5 million reasons, once again as the only team that wanted him.

John Czarnecki of FOX reports that Owens wants at least $5 million this time around, even though no one is banging on his door.  We continue to hear rumblings indicating that the Bengals haven’t ruled out signing Owens.  The arrival of receiver Antonio Bryant complicates matters, however, due to a contract that averages $7 million per year.  Owens surely will want at least that much in Cincinnati.

Czarnecki floats the Bears as a potential destination, given the desperation the team already has shown in throwing cash at Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor, and Brandon Manumaleuna.

We think that, unless someone steps up with big money before the draft, the market won’t emerge until after the draft, if teams with needs at receiver aren’t able to adequately address them.

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69 Responses to “T.O. still wants at least $5 million per season”
  1. palewook says: Mar 18, 2010 11:22 AM

    Good luck with that TO. Only way you are getting 5 million is a base contract with a ton of incentives. Or the redskins or raiders decide to shop for a WR before the end of the season.

  2. goetta-head says: Mar 18, 2010 11:22 AM

    Hey T.O
    Ever heard of supply and demand?
    Wish in one hand and Florio in the other….see which one fills up faster

  3. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Mar 18, 2010 11:23 AM

    I want $5 mil next year as well. Doesnt mean I can get what I want, but it doesnt hurt to want it…..
    Although, I am certain I can have just as many footballs slip through my hands, or bounce off my stone fingers as TO…..

  4. seventy7 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:23 AM

    I would welcome T.O. in miami, however the tuna may take exception.

  5. shaggeez says: Mar 18, 2010 11:24 AM

    We think that, unless someone steps up with big money before the draft, the market won’t emerge until after the draft, if teams with needs at receiver aren’t able to adequately address them.
    Well reasoned. If nobody signs him before the draft, they might after the draft. What purpose does this sentence actually serve. Of course, you are excluding the possibility that someone picks him up during the draft.

  6. OscarMooseFarmer says: Mar 18, 2010 11:26 AM

    Well if Tomlinson got 5 million…
    The problem with T.O is that it’s hard to tell how much he really has left. He is getting old no doubt, but he is still in great shape. His stats were horrible last year, but…do i need to say more.
    It is very hard for a team with an established qb and a decent o-line to know how productive Owens could be in their offense.
    I could see him pull a Spreewell and just not play if he doesn’t get an offer that he likes.

  7. BBB82 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:26 AM

    I still want $5 million/year too. Probably won’t get it though.

  8. John El Way says: Mar 18, 2010 11:26 AM

    The doodoo Browns don’t have any WRs, whats Holmgren waiting for?

  9. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 18, 2010 11:30 AM

    he’ll be a San Diego Charger
    bet on it

  10. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: Mar 18, 2010 11:33 AM

    And I want him to go to hell! Can’t wait for the tearful retirement with NO ring.

  11. raiderrob21 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:33 AM

    In an uncapped year he has the leverage. Someone will give it to him. Probably right after the draft.

  12. REALPHAN says: Mar 18, 2010 11:34 AM

    Ha!

  13. MarcusMac7 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:35 AM

    Two names come into play…….for TO….ready….here they are: AL DAVIS

  14. MrHumble says: Mar 18, 2010 11:35 AM

    I hope the Bears do sign him, as they and the Jets will be the teams of misfits for next season. You would think they both learned from Danny Snyder and Jerry Jones that you can’t build a SB team by throwing big money at selfish, over-the-hill malcontents who ruin a team’s chemistry in the locker room and on the field.

  15. Subpar says: Mar 18, 2010 11:37 AM

    I wouldnt mind having him come in Cleveland and work with some of our young guys. He was quiet in Buffalo last year and every place hes been everyone raves about his work ethic. Yes he occasionally has diva meltdowns but most top end WR’s in the last 10 years do. All in all with the exception of one or 2 guys with each of his teams (usually the QB and Jake is used to working with a Diva boarderline crazy WR), most people say they liked him. I think alot of his “locker room presence issues” are media made.
    I remember in Dallas when the kicker missed a FG and he went over to say something to the kicker and pat him on the butt the announcer is on national TV ripping TO. Something like “Of course TO is there to beat him up and give him an ear full”. ESPN (of course) carried something similar on their highlight that night….then I check some Dallas sites and the kicker says he was actually encouraging him that he’ll get it next time and being a nice guy. As I’ve said he is a drama queen and a bit annoying (5 mill? cmon dude) but I don’t think he is nearly as bad as the media makes him out to be.

  16. Hap says: Mar 18, 2010 11:37 AM

    He could be worth it as a talent but I don’t think anyone will pay that because of POTENTIAL issues, although he has mellowed some.
    TO to The RedButts.

  17. MarcusMac7 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:38 AM

    TO to the Raiders makes sense! they have a very young group of WR’s. His presence would help with the off season preparation and development of DHB and would allow the explosion of Chaz Schillins and Murphy

  18. Tater says: Mar 18, 2010 11:38 AM

    Al Davis is viewing this as a steal!!!

  19. magsdad1 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:39 AM

    Reality on line 2.

  20. CT Pats Fan says: Mar 18, 2010 11:42 AM

    @seventy7 :
    If there’s *anyone* in the NFL that can control T.O., it’s Bill Parcells!

  21. toonster says: Mar 18, 2010 11:43 AM

    Bears don’t make any sense. TO doesn’t fit Martz’s offense all that well.

  22. ILuvOldLadyPorn says: Mar 18, 2010 11:44 AM

    “We think that, unless someone steps up with big money before the draft, the market won’t emerge until after the draft..”
    Florio, that might be the new favorite for the “Well, No Shit” award.

  23. I♥Patriots says: Mar 18, 2010 11:47 AM

    As a Pats fan, i would not be opposed to bringing him in for a workout. The Pats are way too thin at WR. I think BB could keep TO under control, I just wouldn’t want to see too many big egos in the locker room. He may not get along too well with “the other 81.” At this point any warm body will do.

  24. jetboy says: Mar 18, 2010 11:47 AM

    T.O. the ride is over, I wish Miami would take him that would be great, T.O. on oneside, Ginn on the other, wow what a tandom.

  25. Stoogie says: Mar 18, 2010 11:47 AM

    John El Way says: March 18, 2010 11:26 AM
    The doodoo Browns don’t have any WRs, whats Holmgren waiting for?
    —————————————
    He’s probably waiting for the glowing recommendation about T.O. that Andy Reid said he’d fax him.

  26. Mattchew182 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:48 AM

    Bears should sign him. He’s the one player that could get Lovie fired. Besides he is tall physical a good run blocker and can help mentor our younger WR’s.

  27. jetboy says: Mar 18, 2010 11:49 AM

    Draft is to deep for T.O. to make that much. All the boys are coming out this year, pending rookie cap next year.

  28. Who Dey Ochocinco says: Mar 18, 2010 11:51 AM

    Come one Mike Brown.
    Cincy has a defficet at WR.
    IF we can get Carson some bigger faster better targets our passing game would improve by ten fold.
    Get with the program Mikie.
    Sign T.O so we can be a contender again.
    We could use more than Bryant and Ocho.

  29. rbais2 says: Mar 18, 2010 11:54 AM

    I like T.O. and I think he’s misunderstood too much.
    But he should ask for $3.5 million for 1 year from New England.
    With this, he can still repair his image and look like a “team player”. Plus New England sought for Anquan Boldin and there is speculation about Brandon Marshall coming to New England.
    For Terrell, it should be about the ring. Salary can’t matter right now.

  30. Nevisyakker says: Mar 18, 2010 11:57 AM

    I would be willing to kick in $10 for the Bears to sign him. Only because it would be SO worth it to see what would happen with ego maniac TO and “it’s all someone else’s fault” Jay Cutler in the same huddle.
    Can you imagine what kind of fun that would be?

  31. kagriff24 says: Mar 18, 2010 12:02 PM

    TO and GINN are you kidding me?? Two alligator arms WR’s good luck with that

  32. WhoPlaysWhere says: Mar 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    So what your saying is……..there is a potential that a team(s) could should interest before the draft and/or they could also show potential after the draft.
    Huh? So you’re saying there’s a chance!
    That is some impressive journalism.

  33. Rickah99 says: Mar 18, 2010 12:05 PM

    Who is this “T.O.” guy?? Has he even been relevant for the last 5 years?
    Didn’t think so.

  34. Duck Fallas says: Mar 18, 2010 12:07 PM

    The Bears are desperate! Name your price T.O. Ask for Peppers money.

  35. Bobby Bushay says: Mar 18, 2010 12:08 PM

    Hey T.O., it’s a good year to go unemployed with the universal health care coming and all. (Would he actually qualify???). Also, you might get one of those Obama bail outs… if NASCAR received one to fix tracks (just don’t look at Daytona’s track this year), then perhaps your wish can come true too!
    Anybody looking at Javon Walker’s contract should realize that Al would never go less than 10 Mill a year for T.O. Come on people, get logical!

  36. HarrisonHits says: Mar 18, 2010 12:08 PM

    5 million, what’s that about 300k a drop ?
    @I♥Patriots you’re nuts. Never ever want to see this walking bag of used douche juice in a Pats uni. Not to mention his skills have dramatically diminished the last few years and he’s either led the league in drops or been damn close for the last several years now.

  37. JMoney says: Mar 18, 2010 12:12 PM

    @jetboy
    I was thinking the same thing for the jets Braylon on one side TO on the other. A has been and a never will be.
    That combo kind of resembles the fat slob on the sideline, a loud mouth who will drop the ball at any given moment.

  38. BDiddy says: Mar 18, 2010 12:15 PM

    New England has to be considering him given that they don’t have a single decent receiving option behind Moss.

  39. rraider says: Mar 18, 2010 12:15 PM

    Wasn’t TO already in Oakland for a look? or was that just some bogus reporting I read?

  40. toddm6d says: Mar 18, 2010 12:19 PM

    So he’s asking for $90K for every catch he had last year?
    Or a $1 million for each of his TD’s?
    T.O. you’re just not worth that.

  41. Bill In DC says: Mar 18, 2010 12:27 PM

    So do I. I think we have an equal chance of getting it too.

  42. BDiddy says: Mar 18, 2010 12:27 PM

    Mattchew182, I hope you were being sarcastic when you said that TO “can help mentor our younger WR’s,” because otherwise you need to stop dropping acid before lunch.

  43. Bwa Ha Ha says: Mar 18, 2010 12:28 PM

    Gotta sell a lot of popcorn to make 5m

  44. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Mar 18, 2010 12:30 PM

    # CT Pats Fan says: March 18, 2010 11:42 AM
    @seventy7 :
    If there’s *anyone* in the NFL that can control T.O., it’s Bill Parcells!
    # jetboy says: March 18, 2010 11:47 AM
    T.O. the ride is over, I wish Miami would take him that would be great, T.O. on oneside, Ginn on the other, wow what a tandom.
    ________________________________
    Does no body remember that the Tuna did NOT want TO in Dallas, and he lost that argument with Jerry Jones, and thus, left Dallas….why the hell would he all of a sudden want TO when TO is 4 years older…..

  45. Old School says: Mar 18, 2010 12:38 PM

    I’ll settle for 5 mil too.

  46. FumbleNuts says: Mar 18, 2010 12:43 PM

    T.O. to da’ Bears…….. Martz can find a way to use him.

  47. DowninCtown says: Mar 18, 2010 12:44 PM

    # Stoogie says: March 18, 2010 11:47 AM
    John El Way says: March 18, 2010 11:26 AM
    The doodoo Browns don’t have any WRs, whats Holmgren waiting for?
    —————————————
    He’s probably waiting for the glowing recommendation about T.O. that Andy Reid said he’d fax him.
    —————————————
    I’m sure Holmgren has gotten all the inside info he needs from Tom Heckert.
    Don’t see that reunion happening!

  48. finsbooyah says: Mar 18, 2010 12:46 PM

    Is a Jet fan really making fun of Ted Ginn? That’s pretty pathetic since he burned the Almighty Revis for a 53 yard score, and tore through your special teams unit for 2 kickoff TD’s last year. Yea, you made the playoffs, but you can’t make fun of a team until you can actually, you know, beat them in a game.
    At least we know Ginn sucks. Unlike you guys who keep believing you have an elite WR in Edwards. You keep having faith in Braylon, and I’ll keep laughing my ass off

  49. Dewey Axewoond says: Mar 18, 2010 12:48 PM

    Just because a coach is on the hot seat, that doesn’t de-legitimize every single off-season move the team then makes as somehow “desperation”.
    The Bears got the cream of the free agency crop, as they should have, since they had no 1st or 2nd round pick.
    They used the money they otherwise would’ve spent on top tier draft picks to get top tier, proven players. One for the other–what’s the big f*cking deal?
    That doesn’t put them in the category of Dan Snyder and Al Davis–who throw good money at bad players to lousy results year after year after year.
    Bears continue to build through the draft, while also relying on FA and trades–building through every means available, with all options open, the way any team should.
    Me-O would never fit in Chicago–the city would welcome him the way a West Virginian welcomes dental work (that for you, Florio).
    Besides, anyone who rally understands the Bears needs KNOWS that WR is not the real issue on offense–it’s the o-line.
    The Bears WR corps is fine, even Martz said as much. Aromashodu is developing, has the physical attributes of height and hands, Bennett’s a good possession guy, Knox has the speed and field stretching ability, and Hester will be explosive in the slot (like I am with your mom).
    Olsen makes for another viable weapon, and both Forte and Taylor are excellent receiving out of the backfield.
    Nope–Bears don’t want or need Me-o.
    And before you continue to push this inane, artificial, asinine narrative about the Bears being so “desperate”, each and every time you mention them, Flori-oh, you should realize that just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so one (biased bunghole of a) man sees “desperation” while others may simply see a team with a desire to improve and WIN.

  50. Hovenaut says: Mar 18, 2010 12:53 PM

    Hit the lights (if you can get your hands on them) on the way out TO.

  51. Dewey Axewoond says: Mar 18, 2010 12:53 PM

    MrHumble says:
    March 18, 2010 11:35 AM
    I hope the * ViQueens * do sign him, as they and the Jets will be the teams of misfits for next season. You would think they both learned from Danny Snyder and Jerry Jones that
    * you can’t build a SB team by throwing big money at selfish, over-the-hill malcontents who ruin a team’s chemistry in the locker room and on the field. *
    ______________________________
    Fixed that post for you, Sparky.

  52. thereallacardsfan says: Mar 18, 2010 12:58 PM

    John El Way says:
    March 18, 2010 11:26 AM
    The doodoo Browns don’t have any WRs, whats Holmgren waiting for?
    Holmgren doesn’t believe in WRs… Look at the Seahawks the past couple of years…

  53. Deb says: Mar 18, 2010 12:59 PM

    I’ll settle for $4 million a year … and I’m just as likely to get it. Then again, I hear the Jets are over-paying for older players with diminishing production.

  54. Jack Acid says: Mar 18, 2010 1:11 PM

    HAHAHA!
    Hey TO, ever heard the Aerosmith song, “Dream On”? It’s a classic, I highly suggest it.

  55. CarlosNelson says: Mar 18, 2010 1:17 PM

    I’ll say it again. I wish things could have worked here in Philadelphia we’d have a ring by now. As far as his production being down last year, who was his QB! The numbers weren’t bad at all & he was rarely on the ESPN highlight reels. I think he needs to lower his price a little though.

  56. Percy Nugz says: Mar 18, 2010 1:18 PM

    Thanks for the morning laugh PFT (yes i know its 12pm but it is the day after St. Patricks day)

  57. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 18, 2010 1:40 PM

    Hey T.O., I really really like you as a WR but your not worth 5 million any more buddy. 3 million max. Your 35′ish years old man. Noone will give a 35 year old 5 million anymore

  58. Snowplow says: Mar 18, 2010 1:42 PM

    5 million is a lot for a retarded gazelle with no hands.. but at least he tries to catch rebounds off his chest.

  59. jebdamone says: Mar 18, 2010 2:02 PM

    i still don’t understand how antonio bryant got seven million…

  60. louisville says: Mar 18, 2010 2:05 PM

    Terrell Owens will NEVER be a Raider! He is a bitch like Randy Moss! pay attention out there. we are cutting dead weight not adding it.

  61. LiStEn2bRaDy says: Mar 18, 2010 2:07 PM

    Why the patriots haven’t picked him up, I’ll never know. T.O on one side and moss on the other!! Sick!! You might as well just hand them the Lombardi.

  62. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Mar 18, 2010 2:22 PM

    Hey T.O., I want to crap gold ingots, have a 14 inch penis and have Scarlett Johansson waiting in my bed with her legs spread every night. Don’t mean I’m a gonna get it.

  63. I♥Patriots says: Mar 18, 2010 2:34 PM

    # HarrisonHits says: March 18, 2010 12:08 PM
    5 million, what’s that about 300k a drop ?
    @I♥Patriots you’re nuts. Never ever want to see this walking bag of used douche juice in a Pats uni. Not to mention his skills have dramatically diminished the last few years and he’s either led the league in drops or been damn close for the last several years now.
    I do agree about his skills diminishing, but with Wes probably going to the PUP list, Brady needs some targets. At this point we don’t have hardly anyone. I think another guy with some speed that defenses have to respect would take some of the coverage away from Randy and he would get open more. Hopefully he would get open more quickly and Brady will stop getting killed every time he goes deep to Moss.
    I just have to remember its only march, the sky hasn’t completely fallen yet.
    Hopefully Tate will be that guy. I hope he isn’t another Chad Jackson.
    TO does want too much money, though, I would offer him a 1 yr 3.5 mil prove it deal.

  64. Other Bears says: Mar 18, 2010 2:55 PM

    Axewoond – I couldn’t agree more.
    Peppers was the top ranked player (not just DE, but player) on almost everyone’s free agent rankings. Everyone says the Bears overpaid out of desparation, but the paid the amount that would land him right away, which doesn’t hurt a team with plenty of money in an uncapped year. Yes – they had a need, and they filled it with the best player available. Vanden Bosch just came off a down year and Kampman is recovering from a knee injury–a situation, which the Bears know can hurt performance. The move was smart and the right move.
    Chester and Brandon in the same day were smart moves as well. The Bears didn’t have a solid blocking TE and they needed RB depth with Jones unable to stay healthy and Peterson’s future uncertain in free agency.
    Your breakdown of the receivers is perfect. Yes – they are young, but they showed improvement over the season and they have a great combo of skills. It’s up to the coaches to get them to perform.
    Mr. Humble – you say you’d think the Bears would have learned not to throw money at “selfish, over-the-hill malcontents who ruin a team’s chemistry in the locker room and on the field.” Why? Just because someone else suggested they sign T.O.? Have the Bears said they want to sign T.O.? Have the Bears done this before? That’s what I though, J.O.

  65. Cincinnasty says: Mar 18, 2010 5:36 PM

    7 million over the 2-3 year’s he claims he can still play..

  66. Chexmate35 says: Mar 18, 2010 6:44 PM

    He can still play, but to make him a bengal after the 7 million plus salary they just gave bryant would be pure madness…simply put, it would cause and all out war with, “why is he making more money than me” your not throwing me the ball enough so that I can prove that I can still play…Blah blah blah… I say you just go ahead sign Bobby back draft that safety outta Usc and pick up mardy in the second….chad on one side, bryant on the other, and marty in the slot, and the AFC North will have all they can handle, and Benson rushes for 1500 yrds…

  67. Rex Grossman says: Mar 19, 2010 8:20 AM

    TO and Jay Cutler sounds like a good match. LOL.

  68. TH says: Mar 19, 2010 5:36 PM

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ! Geez, I can’t stop laughing!

  69. rnls105 says: Mar 21, 2010 12:07 PM

    Fans pay too much for a ticket today to care enough about having TO on “our” team. $5 million? Think about it? It would be a bad business transaction for a team to invest that amount for a disruptive attitude, one lacking team camaraderie, let alone being 37? For once, take an offer to play for the game. Take the leagues minimum (might be too low, I’ll give you that) and give us, (the fans) a worthwhile reason to pay for the over priced tickets. THAT would get you into good graces with the media as well as the fan nation alone. Sure, you can load it up with incentives and show that you can earn your worth by playing the game. He still possesses the talent. BUT… He has lost track of playing for the love of the game. (He is not alone in that category, either.) Unfortunately, he has gone too far anymore and is the biggest target (and one of many anymore) who today, plays for the money and not the game. Any professional athlete who forgot playing it for love of the game and plays only for the love of money and himself shouldn’t be even allowed to don a uniform.

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