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T.O. hints at his current asking price

It has long been rumored that receiver Terrell Owens wants $5 million in 2010.  Whether that was his initial target isn’t known.  But a new target is coming into view.

$3.25 million.

The number can be gleaned from T.O.’s recent comments to TMZ, in which Owens says he wants a “fair deal,” that “everything is negotiable,” that he knows what he made last year ($6.5 million), and that he’d “maybe cut that in half.”

Though TMZ continues to push Cincinnati as the ultimate destination for Owens, our guess is that the Bengals aren’t willing to pay him $3.25 million.  Moreover, we’re not sure how TMZ can continue to claim that the Bengals and Owens are “very close” to a deal four days after first making that assertion, especially if — as TMZ now acknowledges — the two sides have yet to agree on money.

Frankly, if the two sides were indeed “very close” to a deal on Friday, it would have meant that they were “very close” to an agreement regarding money on Friday.  The fact that four days have passed without a deal being done suggests that, while the Bengals obviously are interested, they’ve yet to put enough on the table to persuade T.O. to quit looking for two birds in the bush.

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45 Responses to “T.O. hints at his current asking price”
  1. DonTerrelli says: Jul 27, 2010 1:27 PM

    Great deal for a #1 receiver

  2. RyanT. says: Jul 27, 2010 1:29 PM

    T.O. needs to get real!
    He is a 37 year old has been who is poison in the locker room!
    He’ll be lucky to sign for $1 million.

  3. CaptainManhattan says: Jul 27, 2010 1:31 PM

    Thanks for the updates from TMZ. Can’t wait for the breaking news from Perez Hilton.

  4. WhoDeySood5 says: Jul 27, 2010 1:31 PM

    $3.25 Mil….Might have to check w/Mike Brown but aren’t Grand Slams at Denny’s like $3.25?

  5. Draft King says: Jul 27, 2010 1:31 PM

    There’s no salary cap this year — I don’t understand why the Bengals would hesitate to meet Owens’ asking price if they are really interested in bringing him on board for a one-year deal.

  6. ADogDC says: Jul 27, 2010 1:32 PM

    ‘Semantics’….Geesh!
    You say Po-ta-toe
    I say Po-to-toe
    Just like you are wrong in assuming $3.25M….He ‘Maybe cut that in half’…Maybe…
    It seems you are mad that you are forced to check out Joe Bucks favorite website…..I wonder if you 2nd favorite website is his fav as well????

  7. Kaz says: Jul 27, 2010 1:33 PM

    3.25 in an incentive based contract. Seems doable.

  8. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 27, 2010 1:33 PM

    Florio,
    dont you work with TMZ? We know that you like to gossip and spread rumors like them so why dont you just get a job over there too and correct them?
    PFT = TMZ
    and TO will sign with the Bengals. He doesnt have anywhere else to go unless he plans on making VH1 his career.

  9. Moonunit says: Jul 27, 2010 1:34 PM

    He is not a #1 receiver. Once Antonio is back, I bet he starts over Owens. Skill and potential vs. declining skills and lack of potential. Who wins?

  10. BigBenRapesDefenses says: Jul 27, 2010 1:36 PM

    “Moreover, we’re not sure how TMZ can continue to claim that the Bengals and Owens are “very close” to a deal four days after first making that assertion”
    This coming from the guy who reported Terry Bradshaw was dead.

  11. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 27, 2010 1:40 PM

    He’ll have to cut that in half but then he’ll get plenty of interest.
    how badly does TO really want to keep playing ?

  12. GurpBadesha says: Jul 27, 2010 1:41 PM

    go to cincy, ruin another team like how u ruined ur personal life… full time loser

  13. njhitman says: Jul 27, 2010 1:41 PM

    Florio your the main news man on TMZ so whats going on . Breaking News TO signs with the JETS

  14. Other Bears says: Jul 27, 2010 1:44 PM

    Boy – for someone who uses a celebrity gossip outfit to supply him with about a third of his SPORTS posts, you sure are suddenly critical of TMZ’s practices. That’s a little hypocritcal, isn’t it Mike?

  15. FalconDevil says: Jul 27, 2010 1:47 PM

    Using TMZ as your source for sports news sums this website up perfectly.

  16. BrooklynNiner19 says: Jul 27, 2010 1:49 PM

    I thiught he was 35 ? =/
    anyways thats not a bad price..

  17. sacdaddy says: Jul 27, 2010 1:55 PM

    Since when has TMZ covered anything football? Hey TMZ go back to worshiping retarded pop culture b.s. that makes all of the terrorists want destroy our pretentious and idiotic society.

  18. cbrianwatkins says: Jul 27, 2010 1:57 PM

    its really sad that continued information on this site is coming from TMZ

  19. BigSuede says: Jul 27, 2010 1:58 PM

    Am I the only one offended that a piece of garbage like Antonio Bryant gets 7 mil a year while TO, a hall of famer, is being lowballed at 3 mil a year?
    That just doesn;t make any sense at all- the media has put all these team officials in hysterics over signing TO… I dont even think this is about TO, but the teams wanting to ward off the troublesome reporters

  20. LAEaglefan says: Jul 27, 2010 2:06 PM

    $1 million seems to be about fair value for T.O. these days. Once he realizes that he’ll get to choose from a bunch of teams.

  21. wrekOgnize says: Jul 27, 2010 2:10 PM

    TO was a great team player with the Bills last year. did not cause one problem.

  22. JBell76 says: Jul 27, 2010 2:11 PM

    Florio, don’t hate because TMZ beat you to the scoop.

  23. raiderrob21 says: Jul 27, 2010 2:14 PM

    Hey Gloryhole,
    Quit bird doggin TMZ for your info, and get away from your computer. Go outside and make some friends. Try to socialize with some NFL insiders and get the info for yourself. TMZ is not a reliable NFL news source. Wow you are lazy!

  24. BrokenBallz says: Jul 27, 2010 2:16 PM

    Given TO’s history, he should be playing for a bag of beans and a handshake just to prove himself.

  25. brownsfn19 says: Jul 27, 2010 2:18 PM

    veteran minimum for this cancer..

  26. TheOne says: Jul 27, 2010 2:20 PM

    TO, just sign with CIN already. This is the best option I think. Just because you will have a vet QB, and a good WR core with Chad and Antonio. This will help your status and Carson’s I think. Owens will not be getting doubled teamed every play and cant since Chag and Antonio will also be on the field. All 3 of these guys are good for sure. Antonio is well underrated!

  27. hitdog042 says: Jul 27, 2010 2:23 PM

    Why would you be offended? Are you his family? Weirdo

  28. bigpapa7809 says: Jul 27, 2010 2:23 PM

    I am guessing he’ll sign a 1-year deal with Cincinnati for between $3M-$4M per year with incentives, and a club option for a second season. Here’s why. For those of us who live in Cincinnati, we know Mike Brown NEVER comes out and talks about players he covets or thinks could help this team. For him to come out and publicly state he wants TO on this team sends a strong indicator he is more than willing to negotiate with him and give TO what he wants. $3.25M for Mike Brown is a drop in the hat, and he’ll give it to TO if that’s what it takes.
    I suspect he’ll sign Wednesday so he can be in training camp on Thursday.

  29. numberfour says: Jul 27, 2010 2:25 PM

    it would be good for most guys.
    but this one thinks he is the #1 #1 wideout in the league.
    to call him a cancer is a horrible insult out there to mere cancers.

  30. longestlegs says: Jul 27, 2010 2:26 PM

    Even $5 mil isn’t a lot of money to these owners. Let’s be real. After taxes and agent fees, I’ll bet he clears what..$1 mil? $2? Chump change to maintain a lifestyle.
    Antonio Bryant is a #2 receiver at best.

  31. robert ethen says: Jul 27, 2010 2:29 PM

    T.O.’s current asking price has been described as “Minimal”.

  32. nigel_hugginsworth says: Jul 27, 2010 2:33 PM

    Sounds fair.

  33. mike428 says: Jul 27, 2010 2:40 PM

    T.O. could quote Niles Standish from “Crank Yankers” and say, “Take my salary from last year, cut it in half and then double it!”

  34. goetta-head says: Jul 27, 2010 2:44 PM

    WOW!!!
    THAT’S A LOW PRICE!

  35. sixdukkha says: Jul 27, 2010 2:51 PM

    I love how sports writers are so dismissive of TMZ& OCNN when talking about TO, like they haven’t been right this whole time, lol. Sorry PFT, ur behind the power curve on this one.

  36. Spungy says: Jul 27, 2010 2:57 PM

    I’ll buy an Owens jersey, but $110 is too steep. Maybe cut that in half.

  37. Barometer says: Jul 27, 2010 3:08 PM

    Four days of negotiating without an agreement? Sounds like someone dropped the ball. That would have to be T.O.

  38. BHindEnemyLines says: Jul 27, 2010 3:12 PM

    T.O. could quote Niles Standish from “Crank Yankers” and say, “Take my salary from last year, cut it in half and then double it!”
    Obscure reference of the day. Good job, old chap!!!

  39. Calir says: Jul 27, 2010 3:43 PM

    TMZ needs to stop talking to his agent and talk to someone who might give them the truth.

  40. muchmaligned says: Jul 27, 2010 3:53 PM

    ” Moreover, we’re not sure how TMZ can continue to claim that the Bengals and Owens are “very close” to a deal four days after first making that assertion, especially if — as TMZ now acknowledges — the two sides have yet to agree on money.”
    ————————————————————
    Gee! Did it ever occur to any of you sports journalists that maybe TMZ isnt the best source for sports “news?” Poor writing skills, misinformation and using a collection of gossipy sissies as a source. Admirable.

  41. Patsfan1776 says: Jul 27, 2010 3:59 PM

    TO thinks half of 6.5 is 5.

  42. sixdukkha says: Jul 27, 2010 4:20 PM

    Gossiping sissies? That’s where you’re wrong, buddy. TMZ only does solid reporting. Remember, they’re big game hunters. The people they write about aren’t average schmucks, they have the resources to take legal action if they’re wrong. Granted this isn’t the type of story that lands reporters in court, but Tiger Woods + a pornstar does if you’re wrong. Its the same crack team writing both stories. I know you don’t want to respect them, but the fact is, they are probably correct.

  43. metalman1320 says: Jul 27, 2010 4:53 PM

    Who thinks this dude is still a number 1? Really?

  44. MagicMan407 says: Jul 27, 2010 4:54 PM

    3.2 million for T.O seems high, but in a uncapped year it doesn’t seem that much really (maybe im wrong). Hes old but still very productive. Hes done lots with nothing last year obviously he isnt just a one man show now, but not bad at 3.2 mil. He will get signed very soon.

  45. MagicMan407 says: Jul 27, 2010 4:55 PM

    3.2 million for T.O seems high, but in a uncapped year it doesn’t seem that much really (maybe im wrong). Hes old but still very productive. Hes done lots with nothing last year obviously he isnt just a one man show now, but not bad at 3.2 mil. He will get signed very soon.

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