Eagles' effort to recover portion of bonus backed by arbitrator

PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens should set aside part of his roster bonus from Dallas to pay his old team a debt.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Eagles last
Friday on a grievance that was filed by the NFL players' union on
Owens' behalf in 2005.

A team spokesman said the Eagles would not comment. Owens'
agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not return a phone message left by AP.

The union disputed the Eagles' effort to recover $1.725 million
of the $2.3 million signing bonus the team paid the wide receiver
when it signed him to a seven-year, $48.97 million deal in 2004.

Owens was kicked off the team seven games into the 2005 season for a series of infractions, including repeated criticism of quarterback Donovan McNabb and lashing out against management. He was suspended four games without pay and the team withheld his final five paychecks, totaling $955,880. That means Owens still owes the Eagles $769,120.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this month he plans to pay Owens
a $3 million roster bonus, so the All-Pro should have some extra
cash to pay the Eagles.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing a league source, first
reported arbitrator Shyam Das ruled against Owens. An NFL spokesman
confirmed the report to the AP.