Either Donovan McNabb is a liar, or someone else is behind the rumblings that he’s interested in reuniting with former Eagles teammate Terrell Owens. On Tuesday, just over two weeks after he was traded to the Redskins, ESPN reported that McNabb was pushing for Washington to sign the free agent wide receiver and was encouraging head coach Mike Shanahan to consider the option. The report was updated late Tuesday afternoon when McNabb told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a phone interview that there was no truth to the rumors:
I never said that to anyone about T.O. It’s just not true. I’m in a new place, trying to get comfortable, not start anything or push for anything. I am very happy with the receivers I have.”
The way I see it there’s two possible explanations for the game of “he said, she said” that’s being played here. The first is that McNabb did indeed say he wanted to reunite with T.O., but then thought better of it when the report came out and realized it might be offensive to his current receiving corps. Players say things all the time and then realize they don’t sound as good in print and on TV as they did at the time they were expressing themselves, especially when their new head coach openly states he’s doesn’t like the idea.