T.O. Sez: DeSean Should Stay Home

T.O. Sez: DeSean Should Stay Home

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.

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:

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.”

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.

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.

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

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

When Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout's six-year, $144.5 million contract ends in 2020, the Millville, New Jersey, native will be in his prime at 29 years old, and Phillies' fans dream of seeing Trout playing at Citizens Bank Park could be come true.

For the time being, though, Trout, a season-ticket holder, is just chilling at Lincoln Financial Field as the Eagles play the Vikings on Sunday because the Angels are almost as bad as the Phillies and even he couldn't stay away from Sam Bradford's return to Philadelphia.

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers welcomed two more players out on to the rink for their practice following Saturday’s 6-3 win over Carolina. 

Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Scott Laughton (lower body) returned to the ice for the first time since suffering injuries within days of each other. Before Sunday’s light practice, Del Zotto and Laughton had skated two consecutive days prior to work on their conditioning. 

“It’s nice to see them back with the group,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. 

Laughton, who injured himself during a training camp practice after losing an edge, was a bit more forward than Del Zotto on when he hopes to return. 

“I would say within the next five to seven days,” Laughton said.

The 22-year-old pointed to Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh as his target to return. 

As for Del Zotto, the defenseman didn’t want to jinx anything, saying it’s a “day-by-day” situation. He would like to think he’s working on the same timetable as Laughton. If that’s the case, he would be back either a few days before or right on cue with the projected four to five weeks he was scheduled to miss after suffering an injury to his left knee in the preseason against the New York Rangers on Oct. 6. 

“It’s kind of trial and error,” Del Zotto said. 

Above all else, though, the two were just happy to be back with their teammates. Del Zotto said that being around everyone really rejuvenated his spirits. 

“Just being back around the guys and having that team chemistry and camaraderie and being able to joke with the guys,” Del Zotto said, “it’s probably been the best thing for me.”

This past month has especially been hard on the two because of the timing and how last season ended for them. 

While there’s never an ideal time to suffer an injury, the pair saw training camp and the approaching start of the regular season in a different light than most of their teammates.

It was supposed to be their new start. Last season, Del Zotto missed the final few months, including the postseason, after ligament damage to his left wrist. He was having a strong preseason, arguably the top defenseman in camp at the time before suffering his setback.

“Being out so long last year and having to sit and watch playoffs than having six months of grueling rehab to get back into it … that made it sting that much more,” Del Zotto said. “That’s part of the game. It’s a contact sport. I signed up for this.”

The same can be said for Laughton, who experienced a scary injury in Game 4 against Washington after being dumped head first into the boards. 

“I was really excited to have camp and start the year here,” Laughton said. 

The two will be traveling to Montreal with the rest of the Flyers for Monday’s contest. They will each do the morning skate with another bag skate afterward.