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T.O.'s salary expectations are on a sliding scale

He hinted at it on Wednesday morning, when receiver Terrell Owens said he’d take less money, LeBron-style, to become a member of the Patriots.  Since then, we’ve learned that T.O. would drop his salary expectations for more teams than the Patriots.

Regardless of whether he ever had a flat minimum asking price of $5 million (and many believed that he did), we’re now told that Owens’ rate will rely upon the extent to which the interested team is — or isn’t — perceived to be a contender.

We’ve also gotten the impression that Owens currently has more than a few teams interested in his services, and that he could be facing at some point the question of taking the bird in the hand or keep waiting for other opportunities to arise, possibly due to injury.

So while it’s not quite time to get the popcorn ready, you should at least start thinking about whether you prefer the microwave variety, Jiffy Pop, or the old-school saucepan-style popper, where there’s inevitably one more kernel left to burst open after the lid comes off.

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35 Responses to “T.O.'s salary expectations are on a sliding scale”
  1. CowHog says: Jul 14, 2010 11:02 PM

    I prefer air popped popcorn, healthier to keep me in starting receiver shape when I hit 36

  2. Claudio says: Jul 14, 2010 11:05 PM

    “Regardless of whether he ever had a flat minimum asking price of $5 million (and many believed that he did), we’re now told that Owens’ rate will rely upon the extent to which the interested team is — or isn’t — perceived to be a contender.”
    Yeah right, that’s why he went to Buffalo last year because they were such a contender. GTFO!

  3. quadya says: Jul 14, 2010 11:08 PM

    So while it’s not quite time to get the popcorn ready, you should at least start thinking about whether you prefer the microwave variety, Jiffy Pop, or the old-school saucepan-style popper, where there’s inevitably one more kernel left to burst open after the lid comes off.
    your not a comedian Florio….stick to giving us football information.

  4. Bona Fide says: Jul 14, 2010 11:17 PM

    He’s 36, gonna be 37 halfway into this season. Like all players nearing the end of their careers, he wants the ever-elusive ring that will be the icing to a prolific career.
    That $5M figure means nothing if a team with a solid SB chance comes knocking. TO has the money; he doesn’t have the hardware.

  5. bigbolt says: Jul 14, 2010 11:23 PM

    If AJ Smith had some real big balls he would sign TO to a 1 year deal and really put the screws to Vincent Jackson. It’s not like TO has any better offers, I’m sure TO would jump at an offer to sign with the Bolts. Going from Trent Edwards and Co. to Phillip Rivers is quite a jump.
    Do it AJ, grab some sack and sign TO!

  6. mikeorclem says: Jul 14, 2010 11:29 PM

    screw t.o.

  7. Jon Evans says: Jul 14, 2010 11:30 PM

    Whoever takes him will get a a great reciever. Everyone will want him to stay unemployed because they don’t want to be made to look like fools claiming hes washed up. d:D

  8. HandsofSweed says: Jul 14, 2010 11:37 PM

    Oh, his salary demands are on a sliding scale, all right. Yes. A sliiiiiiiiiiiiding scale.

  9. Steven R says: Jul 14, 2010 11:43 PM

    TO should look at Miami. They can use a solid third reciever

  10. edgy says: Jul 14, 2010 11:49 PM

    # Claudio says:
    Yeah right, that’s why he went to Buffalo last year because they were such a contender. GTFO!
    ***************************
    Which is why they paid him as much as they did. If the Patriots would have come calling, he would have taken less.

  11. robert ethen says: Jul 15, 2010 12:16 AM

    Actually there is quite a list of teams he is willing to compromise his principals for. He just added the Omaha Nighthawks to it, as well. But he still isn’t keen on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, since he heard it drops to -50 there in the winter.

  12. J. Clayton says: Jul 15, 2010 12:43 AM

    Why is anyone still talking about this douche?

  13. BP says: Jul 15, 2010 12:57 AM

    Didn’t TO say some unkind things about spygate? I doubt the Pats would have anybody on the roster that said anything disparaging in that regard.
    But beside that, the only way the Pats could deal with him is to have little in guaranteed money on the line and lots of “see ya TO, we told you to STFU and you didn’t” built in the contract. The Pats could have an interest if only as a substitute for Welker for half a year. So who wears 81? TO? LOL

  14. OLDCRACKER says: Jul 15, 2010 1:20 AM

    The biggest asset common to any great football dynasty has been TEAMWORK and a mutual respect (not necessarily fondness) for your fellow players.
    There is no questioning T.O.’s skill, nor his off-field behavior. The biggest drawback or liability of T.O. is his self-importance and self-serving attitude & mouth. Despite his skills, he is a cancer to succesful TEAMWORK.
    So, why in the Hell would ANY winning team want to destroy itself with this cancer?

  15. Jungle Juice says: Jul 15, 2010 1:48 AM

    He should’ve been realistic with his salary when he worked out for the Bengals. He would have had a job now.

  16. Hollywood Hulk Hogan says: Jul 15, 2010 3:30 AM

    Claudio, you need to re-read the part you have in quotes, brother. T.O. is not saying he will only go to a contender. He is saying it will cost a non-contender more for his services than it would a team that contends, such as the Patriots. It is just like when I left the WWF for WCW. I made WCW pay more to lure me away from the organization with higher ratings because I knew I would bring higher ratings to WCW. Hang on, Scott Hall is about to take a little survey….

  17. afiresnake says: Jul 15, 2010 4:10 AM

    He would be an upgrade over any receiver the Patriots have at that position (Tate, Holt, Price).
    I doubt he would cause any problems.
    I also doubt the Patriots are a real contender. But you have to realize that the offense of the Pats is on decline since they lost a capable No 3 (Gaffney). Since they are borderline horrible at drafting WRs, why not (I know any Pats fan will say that either Tate or Price will be a hit)? Lockerroom atmosphere can’t get any worse than last season.

  18. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 15, 2010 5:13 AM

    T.O will get signed. Name ONE team he wouldn’t start on. I’ll wait.

  19. The Hogster says: Jul 15, 2010 6:22 AM

    This is embarrassing to watch this guy try to beg his way onto somebody’s roster. Perfect example to kids, Don’t Burn Bridges.
    There are a couple of teams (Redskins, Chiefs) where T.O. would be a shoe-in but for his past blow-ups with Todd Haley and McNabb.
    I see no reason why the Jaguars, Detriot Lions, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, or Oakland Raiders would not take a chance on him other than character concerns.

  20. bonecity7 says: Jul 15, 2010 7:20 AM

    Claudio,
    Are you really that stupid? Buffalo was LAST year……and they were the highest bidder (at OVER $5M)!!
    THIS year, TO hasn’t been able to get anyone to come close to what Buffalo offered last year. Thus the consideration of a “sliding scale”.
    Do your parents know that you were up past your bedtime?

  21. downwithdansnyder says: Jul 15, 2010 7:31 AM

    How about $1M guaranteed then $30k per catch bonus(at 100 catches that’s $3.5m) and $1M at the end of the year if he keeps his mouth shut and doesn’t disrupt the team. If he does all that, he’ll EARN $5M. If not then something much less. Seems like could be a win/win and at worst a good risk/reward for someone in need of a WR who could catch 100 balls if everything went perfectly.

  22. Popeye says: Jul 15, 2010 7:34 AM

    Source: Danny O’Neil – the Seattle Times
    Danny O’Neil, of the Seattle Times, reports that “at least one person close to Terrell Owens… still sees Seattle as a potential destination”.
    I keep telling you guys if you want credible NFL info….ask me. Ive only proven I have the inside sccop…like 50 times this off season…..geez…..Cowboys stadium is full of owners who meet regularly….

  23. smithopher says: Jul 15, 2010 7:55 AM

    I don’t think Belichick wants this guy on his team quite honestly. They already have two better receivers as it is, T.O. wouldn’t be a starter for the patriots, though he’d see the field because the patriots like to operate with a few targets for Brady (imagine moss and T.O. lined up outside with welker in the slot while all healthy and younger). I think he’s washed up, I’d be surprised to see him make an impact anywhere this season. It doesn’t help to play in Buffalo and have nobody good to toss you the ball, but I’m not sure T.O. has the speed or route running ability he had when he was young. I think if anybody signs him, they’ll be the last team to do so, but I thought that about the Bills last season.

  24. Sloan says: Jul 15, 2010 8:16 AM

    I also doubt the Patriots are a real contender. But you have to realize that the offense of the Pats is on decline since they lost a capable No 3 (Gaffney). Since they are borderline horrible at drafting WRs, why not (I know any Pats fan will say that either Tate or Price will be a hit)? Lockerroom atmosphere can’t get any worse than last season.
    ————————————————
    The Patriots offense was ranked 3rd in the NFL last year. So when you say the offence is on the decline what is that based on?
    1 New Orleans 6461 403.8 4355 272.2 2106 131.6 510 31.9
    2 Dallas 6390 399.4 4287 267.9 2103 131.4 361 22.6
    3 New England 6357 397.3 4436 277.3 1921 120.1 427 26.7

  25. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jul 15, 2010 9:01 AM

    I think “A slipery sliding scale” and falling fast is more like it.
    T.O. will work for food

  26. Nogard13 says: Jul 15, 2010 9:20 AM

    TO had a pretty decent year considering the QB situation (with 3 different starting QBs) in Buffalo last year.
    He had 55 rec. for 829 yards for a 15.1 YPC average (which is better than his 14.9 YPC average for his career). He led the Bills in every WR category that matters (rec., YPC, yards) and showed plenty of speed and ability to grab the ball out of the air. He didn’t look like he has lost a step just yet.
    TO’s problem is his attitude. Nobody wants to put up with his crap, but he can clearly still play and play at a high level. He’d be a great #2 receiver on teams that have a solid #1 that draws the double teams. For example, Carolina just had Musin Muhammad retire and there is nobody to line up on the other side of Steve Smith. TO would be a great addition there and might just save John Fox’s job.

  27. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Jul 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    TO would play for league minimum if he could play for the patriots*, and somehow travel back in time to before the spy cameras were discovered.

  28. The Scott 13 says: Jul 15, 2010 9:33 AM

    RealisticSteelerfan says:
    T.O will get signed. Name ONE team he wouldn’t start on. I’ll wait.
    Thanks god someone else in here has some common sense. I love TO and have the Niners, Eagles Bills and 3 Cowboys jerseys to prove it. I also have his f’n high school jersey…. He would still be the # on half the teams in this league and the # on almost all the rest.He hasn’t broken the law, hasnt run anyone over, hasn’t shot or raped anyone…
    Give the guy a break. He is the second best wide receiver to play in the current NFL and is a sure fire hall of famer…Give the guy his due and respect. I can’t wait till he signs somewhere (new jersey!!!) and rips all the teams that passed on him. Ialways root for 2 teams the Cowboys and wherever TO is playing. I personally hope the Niners bring him in and he gets to play opposite Crabtree and next to VD….

  29. TexasBubba says: Jul 15, 2010 9:35 AM

    Bad T.O.. Bad T.O. Get T.O. Get. Just go away T.O. You are just another pretty DAWG

  30. 3 yards and a cloud says: Jul 15, 2010 9:42 AM

    1) How is $30k per catch work out to be $3.5 Million at 100 catches?
    2) McNabb asked the Redskins to go get T.O. What does that say about their relationship?
    3) Has anyone ever seen T.O.? The man is ripped. Don’t tell me he doesn’t still have some tread on the tires. Jerry Rice played until 42 and made the pro bowl at 40. Tim Brown, Cris Carter, and Andre Reed all played until at least 37.
    T.O. can be a headache, but if you put him in the right lockerroom, he’s can thrive. The man wants to win and even though he might sometimes cause a ruckus, he makes any team more talented. He wasn’t a problem in Buffalo and He was a headache his last year in Dallas.
    And didn’t he get $10M last year from Buffalo? He’s willing to take a pay cut, any team that wants a better chance of winning should sign T.O.
    One last thing, “He’s a cancer?” How were those 80’s raider teams? Any characters there? How about those 70’s steelers?

  31. Empire Jones says: Jul 15, 2010 10:03 AM

    TO actually got $6.5m as a one-off from Buffalo.
    Of course at this point in his career he’d take less than $5m depending on the situation. Far less money to be on a sloid team where he feels he can produce and have his talent utilized.
    Only Buffalo would spend $6.5m on a WR to along with Lee Evans have a respectable tandem, only to have three SHIT SCRUBS behind center throwing the ball to them. If you can call it that!!!
    Look, the fan above that said “name one team that TO wouldn’t be a starter on” and as a general question it makes good sense. I can’t think of too many, but I also know that unless you’re of the “Jets mentality” and building for THIS YEAR, there aren’t going to be too many teams willing to invest $5m for 2010 on a 1st/probable 2nd string WR.

  32. afiresnake says: Jul 15, 2010 10:55 AM

    @Sloan
    They were No 1 in 2007
    By looking at the games. Beating up a weak team 59-0 and then failing to produce in almost any fourth quarter for example.
    I know Brady had a good season stat-wise, but the performance of the offense was a roller-coaster last season, they were inconsistent.
    And yes, I like them.

  33. LAEaglefan says: Jul 15, 2010 11:20 AM

    If the Eagles can pay Mike Vick $5 million to cause them all kinds of problems, then why not pay TO too? Actually, the only way I could see that happening is if Jackson or Maclin suffered a major injury in training camp. It would be kind of poetic justice for TO to return to the Eagles and win a Superbowl…..without McNabb.

  34. Sloan says: Jul 15, 2010 11:40 AM

    I know Brady had a good season stat-wise, but the performance of the offense was a roller-coaster last season, they were inconsistent.
    ——————————————-
    That I agree with, but I think Brady will be more consistent this year.
    Every QB who has had that same injury is better the second year.

  35. Arizona Buckeye says: Jul 15, 2010 11:42 AM

    Football owners/GMs can be some of this dumbest people on the planet sometimes. Why anybody would risk putting this over-the-hill washed up walking cancer sore in their locker room at any price is beyond me. He has a proven track record with every single team he has been on that he is a whiny little bitch that throws little spoiled brat tantrums when he doesn’t get his way.

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