*The JE title came from a fanball.com article. I had to use it because, frankly, it hits the nail on the head.*The JE title came from a fanball.com article. I had to use it because, frankly, it hits the nail on the head.
Here's the background: Terrel Owens (T.O.) was ticked off at the 49ers, and wanted out. He could void his contract, which he planned on doing, and told his agent to do the paperwork. The problem? Well, his agent didn't turn in the papers in time. So the 49ers kept his rights. They told him that he could seek a trade (you never want to keep a disgruntled player on your team). He was practically signed on at Philly when the Ravens offered a round 2 pick of this years draft to the 49ers. The 49ers thought it was a good deal and made it official.
Now, that's how the NFL works. The teams allow the players to seek the trade, but have the final say, and get to make the decision. Nothing was afoul here. The only problem was TO's agent, the ignorant man that couldn't file paperwork in time. So it went into arbitration. Shoulda been open/close. Did you file the paperwork to void the contract? No? I rule in favor of the 49ers, you are a Baltimore Raven.
Instead, the crying toddler got his way. Philly dealt out a good DE to the 49ers, and a 5th round pick to the Ravens (the Ravens got their 2nd round pick back from the 49ers). It should be noted that this was a settlement, so we won't know what the arbiter was going to rule. But it is said that the arguement on Owen's side was strong, and if it made it through arbitration, countless other players would find loopholes in contracts to get out of them.
Regardless, this is an open-shut case of not respecting the deadlines of paperwork, and not taking responsibility for your errors. This is something I plan on teaching my son over and over... and yet in the 'business' and 'law' world we have here, we can't even do it. What a sad, sad day this is for the NFL.