Just days before the Eagles' season opener against the St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson is being advised not to show up for the game.
Who's giving Jackson this advice? None other than former Eagles route runner Terrell Owens.
T.O. joined 97.5 The Fanatic with Mike Missanelli in Philadelphia on Tuesday and was asked if he would play in Week 1 if he were Jackson, who is embroiled in contract negotiations.
"Absolutely not," he said. "I would have to better myself and my family and my situation. That’s ridiculous."
Owens went on to say that if Jackson gets hurt, he would not get the contract "that he probably would have gotten if he held out."
As Yahoo's Shutdown Corner points out, Owens does make a good point, especially when you recall that the diminutive Jackson suffered a severe concussion last season after a violent collision with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Jackson, 24, is in the final year of his rookie deal and will earn $600,000 in 2011. The two-time Pro Bowler held out for 11 days and reported to training camp on August 9.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk acknowledged that Jackson would be able to be more aggressive at the bargaining table and in the press if not for the "mess" T.O. created during his time in Philadelphia.
When Owens wanted a new contract with the Eagles in 2005, he feuded with management and quarterback Donovan McNabb, eventually getting himself kicked off the team.RELATED VIDEO: Terrell Owens talks about his injury and reality television show.
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