The experiment with the Buffalo Bills last season did very little for Terrell Owens’ value in the minds of general managers around the league and that has to be a concern for the free agent wide receiver. Owens is much closer to the age of 40 than 30 these days and that fact also has to be hurting his chances of landing a gig in the NFL in the upcoming season. Still it is semi mind-boggling how a player with the cornucopia of statistics that Owens has accumulated during his decade plus in the league is still standing in the NFL’s unemployment line. The always flamboyant receiver isn’t taking this lying down however as he has gone on record with some rather persuasive accusations about just why he hasn’t landed a gig yet.
Owens has been the media’s punching bag since his days with the San Francisco 49ers and he believes that the portrayal of him by multiple news outlets (namely ESPN) is the main reason for his current jobless status. From his fiasco press conferences with his publicist Kita Williams to his always outspoken super agent Drew Rosenhaus, T.O. hasn’t exactly given off the model image to NFL franchises during his tumultuous career.
With last year’s stay in Buffalo being his fourth NFL team along with the Niners, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys, Owens has had trouble finding a steady employer. His year with the Bills featured a decline in statistics for T.O. with 55 catches and 829 yards for just five touchdowns, but those numbers fail to tell the entire story. As if the quarterback carousel with the Bills wasn’t bad enough, but couple that with the fact that the team juggled offensive linemen in and out of their lineup last season and coaching turmoil with the mid-season firing of Dick Jauron. In Owens’ defense, none of those factors could have been very favorable for producing juggernaut type of offensive numbers. Perhaps the most valuable part of the year spent in Buffalo for T.O. was the fact that not one time was there a negative story about his behavior while with the Bills last season.
The enigmatic wideout has been making the rounds promoting his reality television show on VH1 over the last few days and he has suggested that he would be open to playing for the New England Patriots. Of course everyone knows that the Pats are no strangers to playmaking receivers perceived to be cancerous to team chemistry (cough, cough, Randy Moss) which makes this idea all that much more intriguing. Would Bill Belichick’s Patriots be willing to take on the potential headache that is T.O. for the shot at another ring? Certainly they would, but the Pats seem to be more than a Hall of Fame receiver past his prime away from returning to NFL glory. Unless Owens can play linebacker and maybe fill the hole every once and a while on run defense, it is highly doubtful that he will land in New England. In all likelihood, this top five receiver of all-time will have to wait until well into the preseason to get a call from an NFL team.
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