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Eagles WR Owens allowed to seek trade

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 10, 2006) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have given agent Drew Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade for Terrell Owens, though it's unlikely a team would give up players or draft picks for the star receiver.

Owens' tumultuous time in Philadelphia ended in November when the Eagles suspended him four games for conduct detrimental to the team and deactivated him the last five games of the season.

A series of infractions, including repeated criticism of quarterback Donovan McNabb and a verbal shot at the organization, led to Owens' banishment.

Rosenhaus has worked out trades for other clients in the past, including Washington running back Clinton Portis. However, it'll be difficult to do so with Owens, considering other teams know the Eagles are forced to cut him by March 1. Owens is due a large signing bonus and an even larger roster bonus by that date if the Eagles don't let him go before.

Owens has five seasons remaining on the seven-year contract he signed in March 2004. If a team trades for Owens, it would assume the contract he negotiated with the Eagles or redo the deal.

His problems in Philadelphia started when he demanded a new contract after an outstanding season in which he caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns, helping the Eagles reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 24 years.

The 10-year veteran caught 47 passes for 763 yards and six touchdowns in a career-low seven games this season.

In late November, arbitrator Richard Bloch upheld the Eagles' suspension of Owens.

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