Terrell Owens says he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb

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Terrell Owens says he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens says he’s mended his relationship with Donovan McNabb. 

This ain't gonna help! 

Twelve years after he last played for the Eagles, Owens is still at it. 

The record-setting wide receiver told TMZ he’d rather play with Carson Wentz than McNabb, his quarterback here in 2004 and 2005.

T.O. did say it was a close call.

"I'd probably go with Carson Wentz,” Owens said in a video interview taken on the street in L.A. suburb Beverly Grove. “Look at what he's done, and what is this — Year 2?”

Playing with McNabb in 2004, Owens enjoyed one of his finest seasons, with 77 catches for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns in just 14 games. He added 9-for-122 in the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

Owens was off to an even better start in 2005, with 47-for-763 and six TDs through seven games, before he was suspended and eventually released for behavior disruptive to the team.

Wentz’s projected numbers this year through nine games are similar to McNabb’s in 2004:

McNabb: 64 percent, 31 TDs, 8 INTs, 3,875 yards, 104.7 passer rating [essentially in 14 games]

Wentz projected: 61 percent, 41 TDs, 9 INTs, 4,021 yards, 104.1 passer rating

Wentz is certainly ahead of McNabb, who made the Pro Bowl in his second season but threw only 21 touchdowns all year. McNabb never had a passer rating over 86 until his sixth season. But he did win nine playoff games and remains the greatest quarterback in Eagles history ... for now.

"The upside for him is through the roof,” Owens said of Wentz. “He’s definitely making his case for (MVP)."

T.O. finished his career with the Cowboys, Bills and Bengals. He ranks second to Jerry Rice in NFL history with 15,934 receiving yards, eighth with 1,078 catches and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

McNabb was instrumental in bringing Owens to Philadelphia, but their relationship was strained by late 2004 and deteriorated further that offseason.

McNabb has been known to be somewhat sensitive. Will McNabb be hurt by T.O.’s latest comments?

"So what?” Owens said. “If he is, it is what it is."

Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

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Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

A day after we found out that Brian Dawkins picked Troy Vincent to introduce him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony this summer, Terrell Owens has picked his presenter. 

No surprise: It's not Donovan McNabb.

After alienating many people in the league throughout his tremendous career, Owens picked a name from his early days. Longtime NFL assistant coach George Stewart, who was Owens' receivers coach in San Francisco, will introduce T.O. at the 2018 induction. 

In a video released by the Hall of Fame, Owens said Stewart "knew what to get out of me."

Now special teams coordinator and assistant head coach for the Chargers, Stewart has been an NFL coach for three decades. He began his time in San Francisco in 1996 (Owens' rookie season) as a special teams coach but was their wide receivers coach from 2000-02.

"Things that George Stewart may say, it may be shocking to a lot of people, but not to him because he knows who I am," Owens said. "... To know who Terrell Owens is, you really have to spend some time with him. Fast forward, George Stewart became a father figure to me."

The first season Stewart became the 49ers' receivers coach, Owens went to his first of six Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro for the first of five times in his career. Owens was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in all three of the seasons that Stewart held the position in San Francisco. 

Of course, Owens' growth under Stewart led to his becoming one of the biggest stars in the NFL.

Eventually, Owens forced his way out of San Francisco and got to Philadelphia. With the Eagles, Owens had a short and tumultuous two seasons, but was also dynamic on the field and nearly helped them pull off a Super Bowl win over the Patriots. 

Owens averaged 93.5 receiving yards per game during his time in Philadelphia, the highest average in franchise history. It wasn't his play that led to his downfall in Philly. It was his beef with McNabb, along with his attempt to strong-arm the Eagles into a new contract. 

Owens was a divisive personality for his entire career. It's likely the reason it took him three tries to make it into the Hall of Fame. Because his numbers don't lie: He's one of the best receivers of all time.

Eagles give Chris Long a raise

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Eagles give Chris Long a raise

The Eagles have given veteran defensive end Chris Long a raise, increasing his base salary from $1 million non-guaranteed to $2½ million fully guaranteed.

The move was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN and confirmed by NBC Sports Philadelphia by a source familiar with the renegotiation who added several details.

Including a $500,000 roster bonus that was also in the previous version of the contract, Long will receive $3 million guaranteed this year instead of $1.5 million non-guaranteed plus $750,000 in easily achieved roster bonuses.

The roster bonus the Eagles eliminated was scheduled to pay Long $46,875 for every game in 2018 that he was on the 46-man game-day roster.

According to the source, Long's 2018 cap figure increases from $2.35 million to $3.1 million. The $750,000 increase comes from the $1.5 million base salary increase combined with the elimination of $750,000 in "likely-to-be-earned" incentives.

That $3.1 million cap figure comes from the $2.5 million base salary plus the $500,000 roster bonus and $100,000 in pro-rated signing bonus money from his original $500,000 signing bonus.

The $500,000 roster bonus that carried over from his previous contract isn't technically guaranteed, but Long already received it on the third day of the league year (last week), so we'll call it guaranteed.

The new deal also includes $750,000 in playing-time, performance and team incentive bonuses that are considered "not likely to be earned" and which do not count against the Eagles' 2018 salary cap. 

Long's original deal, signed before last season, was a five-year contract, but the 2019 through 2021 seasons are already guaranteed to void.

Long had five sacks and forced four fumbles last year as a rotational defensive end. He wound up playing 496 snaps, 10th-most on the defense and only about 10 per game fewer than starter and Pro Bowler Brandon Graham and five per game fewer than starter Vinny Curry, who the Eagles released.

Long, who turns 33 next week, has 63½ career sacks. His 5.0 sacks last year were his most since 2013. He's won back-to-back Super Bowls the last two years with the Eagles and Patriots.