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Owens blows off Eagles minicamp

April 30, 2005

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— T.O. is a no-show.

All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens skipped the Philadelphia Eagles' first mandatory minicamp practice Friday, presumably because he wants a new contract.

Owens said several times this month he wanted to renegotiate the seven-year deal he signed last March. The Eagles have refused to redo the contract worth nearly $49 million.

"If he's here, he's here. If he's not, he's not," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We have an understanding here that if you're not here, we move on without you."

Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook, defensive tackle Corey Simon and wideout Freddie Mitchell also were absent. Reid said he excused Mitchell from the camp.

"I told him I didn't want him here," Reid said of the former first-round pick who has talked himself out of town by constantly griping about his role in the offense.

The flamboyant Owens helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl in his first season in Philadelphia after eight years with the San Francisco 49ers. Owens set team records with 14 touchdown receptions and seven 100-yard games, and finished with 77 catches for 1,200 yards.

Owens broke his leg and severely sprained his right ankle in Week 15 against Dallas, an injury that sidelined him until the Super Bowl. He had nine catches for 122 yards in Philadelphia's 24-21 loss to the Patriots.

Owens, though, recently took a shot at quarterback Donovan McNabb over his performance against New England. Some Eagles said McNabb was so ill in the fourth quarter that he couldn't call one play in the huddle.

"I played every snap they allowed me to play," Owens told ESPN.com. "I wasn't even running until, like, two weeks before the game. But I made sure I was in the best shape possible. I wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl."

McNabb said he hadn't spoken to Owens since the comments were made almost three weeks ago.

"We move on," Reid said. "You don't worry about it. You take care of who is here and who wants to be here."

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