PapaPark wrote:ABC and jean.. ya'll are both half right.
The problem is the suspension and then the deactivation. The NFLPA is asking that if you don't plan on playing him after the suspension then at least release him. They no longer have an option of just deactivating him because the suspension is already in effect.
After the suspension T.O. has every right to show up to work. This will cause a problem and everyone knows it.
Also even though the waiver processed is reversed from weak teams to better... there is only one team right now that has expressed interest in T.O. and that is Denver.
I'm really not sure why people are so positive he won't play this again this year.
I understand that they are challenging the suspension followed by deactivation. It's not necessarily true that they no longer have the option of deactivating him because the suspension can be reversed.
This is how it will go. These are your options:
1) The NFLPA loses and the Eagles continue the 4 game suspension followed by the deactivation. Result: TO doesn't play.
2) The NFLPA gets it reduced to a 1 game suspension followed by deactivation. (They have claimed that the 4-game followed by deactivation is excessive.) Result: TO doesn't play.
3) The NFLPA "wins" and Philly cannot suspend then deactivate TO. Philly will probably be given the option to overturn the suspension, pay him for the games, and then deactivate him or to keep the suspension and then activate him. Philly would rather pay him than activate him. So he get's paid to sit at home. Result: TO doesn't play.
4) The NFLPA wins and Philly doesn't get the option to overturn the suspension. They activate TO and give him a bullisht desk job reviewing film for the rest of the season. Result: TO doesn't play.
It comes down to this.
They can't force Philly to play TO, so there is absolutely no way he will play for Philly.
They can't force Philly to release him, and there is absolutely no way they will for 2 reasons. They want to make sure that he doesn't play again this season for anyone (i.e. revenge). And he still has trade value.
I am 100% sure that TO doesn't play again this year. Like I said, I'm covering all bets.