Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Banner's reply: Nothing's changed

From the Associated Press:

The Eagles aren't budging, even after today's meeting between Eagles president Joe Banner, coach Andy Reid, receiver Terrell Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus.

"We understand his feelings, but we're glad he's here," Eagles president Joe Banner said. "We're glad he's committed to focusing on football and trying to have a good year. Our position has always been he has a contract and he needs to honor it. That continues to be our position."

We're glad Rosenhaus thought it was a productive meeting. We still haven't heard what T.O. thought of it. More to come, no doubt.

Drew, of course, is first to speak -- yet says little

Drew Rosenhaus, agent for Terrell Owens, talked to reporters after a meeting earlier today at Eagles training camp at Bethlehem, Pa.

"I thought it was worthwhile and productive and I'm happy that we had the chance to sit down," he said of the meeting with Eagles president Joe Banner and coach Andy Reid.

Isn't that almost precisely what he said after his five-minute meeting with the Eagles brass right after he signed to become Owens' new agent?

All I can tell from that is that they did in fact meet, as scheduled, and apparently were seated at some point in the meeting. Thanks for the update, Mr. Super Agent.

Expect things to heat up later today

The Eagles have been in team meetings all morning and won't hit the practice field until 3:30 p.m. today, so access to players has been nil. One of those meetings today was supposed to be between Joe Banner, Andy Reid, Terrell Owens and Drew Rosenhaus. Look for things to get interesting following the afternoon practice.

Not to worry, though; Rosenhaus still managed to find a microphone and a camera before hitting the Eagles' Lehigh University training facility. The agent for T.O. appeared on ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" and said that Owens would remain in camp no matter what happened with contract negotiations.

The team that beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX did make some news today when All-Pro defensive end Richard Seymour agreed to terms on a new contract after a brief holdout. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

Seymour, a three-time Pro Bowler, was entering the fifth year of a six-year, $14.3 million contract he signed as a rookie in 2001. He has been on the Patriots' three Super Bowl championship teams. He had a sack of Donovan McNabb in February's 24-21 victory over the Eagles, despite missing the previous three games -- including the AFC playoffs games -- with an injury.