The logical parallel within the Antonio Brown fiasco was Randy Moss. They each left the darkish doldrums of Oakland for greener pastures in New England.
On the floor, the Moss comparability makes essentially the most sense and the receiver himself even chimed in about it. Moss made it work and thrived for the Patriots. However the drama that unfolded within the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker room in 2005 with Terrell Owens is a worst-case state of affairs for what can go mistaken.
Owens allowed his bitter contract dispute to contaminate each side of the crew. He feuded with Donovan McNabb, whereas the entrance workplace refused to play hardball. It was a no-win scenario that finally bought Owens kicked off the crew. If head coach Invoice Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady don’t rein Brown in from the start, then the same ending could also be on the horizon.
Brian Westbrook Attracts Terrell Owens’ Comparability
Brian Westbrook was Owens’ teammate in Philadelphia when that cleaning soap opera aired in primetime. The previous Eagles operating again appeared on the present “First Issues First” to warning everybody about Brown’s potential influence on New England.
“There isn’t any assure that he’s going to go in there and issues aren’t going to go mistaken,” Westbrook stated. “Let’s say issues go mistaken … they’ve him for 4 weeks and he places out a loopy Instagram message. Now who do you fall again on?”
Westbrook was coming off a career-year in 2004 when the Owens’ drama unfolded. He had rushed for 812 yards — 1,515 mixed speeding and passing yards — and certified for his first Professional Bowl. The Eagles couldn’t deal with it and imploded with a 6-10 report, one yr after a Tremendous Bowl berth.
“AB is a large distraction. We had a distraction with TO … and it wasn’t simply him. It was Donovan. It was TO. It was the coaches. It was everybody else and it was an enormous distraction,” Westbrook stated. “We ended up kicking TO off the crew and we nonetheless couldn’t get it collectively after he left, after what we described as a distraction left.
“Nice participant … it was a distraction what we had happening in that scenario. AB can break this factor for them up in New England. I don’t assume this locker room is Teflon by any means.”
Westbrook Was Holding Out in 2005
Sarcastically, Brian Westbrook was additionally searching for a brand new contract in 2005 on the similar time Terrell Owens was disrupting the locker room. Westbrook was arguably the MVP of the crew for the reason that all-purpose was a triple menace: speeding, catching and kick returning. He missed a number of months because the Eagles have been pressured to renegotiate his contract.
“I’m glad to have a chance to proceed my profession in Philadelphia,” Westbrook stated in an announcement on the time. “I’ve labored very exhausting to place myself ready to obtain a long-term contract and I’m glad the Eagles have acknowledged my abilities and dedication to this crew.”
Westbrook finally confirmed up at camp and began the common season on the roster. In November, the Eagles rewarded him with a brand new five-year value practically $25 million. Westbrook spent 5 extra seasons in Philadelphia and retired a fan favourite.