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 improper.
Owens allowed his bitter contract dispute to contaminate each side of the staff. 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 staff. If head coach Invoice Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady don’t rein Brown in from the start, then an analogous 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 working again appeared on the present “First Issues First” to warning everybody about Brown’s potential affect on New England.
“There isn’t any assure that he’s going to go in there and issues aren’t going to go improper,” Westbrook stated. “Let’s say issues go improper … 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 file, one yr after a Tremendous Bowl berth.
“AB is a big 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 staff 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 destroy this factor for them up in New England. I don’t suppose this locker room is Teflon by any means.”
Westbrook Was Holding Out in 2005
Sarcastically, Brian Westbrook was additionally in search of a brand new contract in 2005 on the similar time Terrell Owens was disrupting the locker room. Westbrook was arguably the MVP of the staff because the all-purpose was a triple risk: speeding, catching and kick returning. He missed a number of months because the Eagles had been pressured to renegotiate his contract.
“I’m glad to have a possibility to proceed my profession in Philadelphia,” Westbrook stated in a press release on the time. “I’ve labored very exhausting to place myself able to obtain a long-term contract and I’m glad the Eagles have acknowledged my abilities and dedication to this staff.”
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.