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Monday, March 23, 2009
Jauron not worried about T.O. absence


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Buffalo Bills already have paid Terrell Owens a $4 million signing bonus.

But the controversial receiver obviously didn't feel like he owed it to the Bills to join them at the start of their voluntary offseason conditioning program Monday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Then again, Bills head coach Dick Jauron wasn't there either. Jauron, 2,000 miles away at the annual NFL owners' meeting in Southern California, wasn't concerned about Owens' absence.

"It's voluntary," Jauron said Monday at the St. Regis Hotel. "We'd love to have everybody there. It's a voluntary session. We know, as you know, that he's a guy that you don't have to worry about him being in shape. He'll be in shape."

Jauron noted the conditioning program is not a critical time for installing the offense or for a new player to get on the same page from an X's and O's standpoint.

"This is more conditioning and strength training," Jauron said.

But the Bills probably wouldn't mind seeing Owens a little more eager to get to know his new teammates, particularly quarterback Trent Edwards and receiver Lee Evans.