Ed Driscoll

THE TERRELL OWENS/NORMA DESMOND CONNECTION,

THE TERRELL OWENS/NORMA DESMOND CONNECTION, as revealed by Skip Bayless.

UPDATE: Gene Upshaw of the NFL Players Union is interceding on Owens’ behalf. Peter King of Sports Illustrated says Upshaw “sounds insane to me“, and compares Owens’ image to Ryan Leaf.

ANOTHER UPDATE: In today’s column, Bayless writes:

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Upshaw is threatening to file what’s called a “special-master case” to try to get the trade rescinded and Owens declared an unrestricted free agent.

But several league sources said Sunday that this appears to be so much sword-rattling by Upshaw, who simply wants to look as if he’s “doing everything he can” to support a high-profile player who believes he was wronged. Upshaw’s reputation among many players is that of a politician as concerned about keeping the league as happy as the union he represents.

Yet if this case does go to special master Stephen B. Burbank, who’s in charge of settling disputes arising from the collective bargaining agreement, Owens surely won’t have a leg to dance on.

Bayless says that it’s possible that Owens could end up back with the Niners!