posted on Mar, 16 2004 @ 05:20 PM
Terrell Owens will get his wish to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, following a settlement reached Tuesday before an arbitrator could rule on the
star receiver's case to become a free agent. The San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Eagles agreed to a deal to send Owens to Philadelphia,
which will sign him to a seven-year contract worth $42 million.
The Eagles sent a fifth-round draft pick to Baltimore and defensive end Brandon Whiting to San Francisco. The Ravens get back the second-round pick
they sent to the 49ers for Owens.
"If the arbitrator ruled he was a free agent, he could have gone anywhere. This was the Eagles assuring that he came to them," said Gene Upshaw,
executive director of the NFL Players Association.
The 49ers then dealt the four-time Pro Bowl receiver to the Ravens on March 4, after Owens had agreed to a contract with the Eagles that reportedly
included a $10 million signing bonus.
Owens protested the trade to the Ravens, refused to show up for a physical and insisted he wanted to play for the Eagles. The union filed a grievance
on Owens' behalf to make him a free agent.
"Our collective mind-set is to improve this team," coach Brian Billick said. "We'll keep doing this through the draft, free agency and in other
ways. It's a disappointment to not get T.O., but I'm confident in our abilities to raise the Ravens to the next level."