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Terrell/Giants - a big mess
Giants: WR Terrell goes Burress' route, fires agent
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
BY MIKE GARAFOLO
David Terrell pulled a Plaxico Burress. Twice.
One day after it was reported that Terrell was close to signing a deal with the Giants, the free-agent wide receiver fired his agent, the NFLPA confirmed yesterday. It was a move that must have seemed like d?j? vu to the Giants, who encountered a similar situation when they attempted to sign Burress last week.
But it was also the second time in less than three weeks that Terrell changed representation. Before being released by the Bears late last month, Terrell fired Eugene Parker, his agent since Chicago selected him with the eighth overall pick in 2001. He then hired Matthew Couloute, who immediately began negotiating with teams.
The Buccaneers showed interest in Terrell, Couloute said yesterday but offered what he termed a "minimum" deal. The Giants, who met with Terrell last week, made a better offer on Friday. But after considering the contract over the weekend, Terrell decided to walk away from the negotiations and his agent on Monday.
The move puts the Giants back at square one. Though there is a remote chance they could re-open negotiations with Terrell, an agreement is not imminent.
"We thought we had a deal worked out that we were going to put in place," Couloute said yesterday when reached on his cell phone at the Florida Pro Day. "Initially, David wanted the opportunity to play in New York, but at the last minute, decided not to accept the deal. He thought he could get more money.
"The Giants posed a great opportunity for him. It was a great place for him to go and really shine. It was a win-win situation and they said, 'Hey, listen, if he plays well, we'll re-do his deal.' I don't know that you could want more than that."
Couloute said Terrell, whose reportedly immature attitude would undoubtedly have clashed with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, had no qualms about the Giants in particular. But he felt that his 42 catches, 699 yards receiving and only one touchdown in 2004 warranted a more lucrative deal.
"Not to speak for David, but I think he felt that the market for receivers should have been better," Couloute said. "Looking at Plaxico and what teams were offering him specifically, I think he was disappointed with the numbers."
The NFLPA would not reveal whom Terrell has tabbed to replace Couloute, citing the organization's policy that a player must wait five days before hiring a new agent. Couloute said he didn't know who his successor would be.
Terrell can officially hire a new agent on Sunday, the first day of the NFL meetings in Maui. Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi will be in Hawaii, meaning any immediate negotiations with Terrell or Burress are likely to take place there.
Burress, whose bizarre dealings with the Giants resulted in the team publicly announcing rescinding its offer, will hire Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent. His five-day waiting period will end later this week and Rosenhaus will try to spur interest in a player who has garnered lower than expected offers from only the Giants and Vikings.
Millen Draft Pick - Epic Bust
Joined: February 13th, 2005, 3:33 pm
Location: Onaway, MI
Turns out the Giants got Buress anyway.
As far as Terrel goes its just another example of a spoiled brat not getting his way. Look David you have not performed in the NFL own up to it. Sign somewhere and prove all your critics wrong. Sign a 1 year deal bust your rectum and then next year get a better deal. Put up or Shut Up!