Have we finally heard the last of Terrell Owens in the NFL?
It has been two full seasons since Owens last played a down in the league. Since then, there has been a torn ACL, an indoor football league fiasco and a Seattle Seahawks cameo that didn't go anywhere. There also has been some bowling.
Football has moved on, but T.O. forges ahead. A recent workout with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was substantial from a publicity standpoint, but Owens acknowledges the throw-and-catch session really was just a matter of happenstance.
"We happened to be on the same field at the same time, and it obviously created a big buzz with the two of us being on the field throwing the football around," Owens told BlindsideFootball.com. "There was really nothing organized about it as far as me trying to get with the Patriots or him pursuing me or anything like that.
"It just happened to be us being out there on the same field at the same time. He was working out with Danny [Amendola] as well as some other guys who were out there as well."
"I think that's a no-brainer," Owens said when asked if he'd like to join New England. "You look at what they've done over the years. Under the tutelage of Tom and Coach [Bill] Belichick, I think the sky would be the limit in terms of what I'd be able to do. Considering my body of work and my history of playing the game."
Owens also addressed a self-created connection to the Chicago Bears, a team he believes he could help from both a production and "mentorship standpoint." Owens seems to fashion himself a big brother in his advanced age, ironic given his reputation as the all-time poster boy for diva receivers.
Then again, Owens' inability to find work really isn't about his reputation at all. It's about him being almost 40 years old in a league that has little use for players of his vintage. Owens is a no-doubt Hall of Famer, but the reality knocking on the door must be impossible to ignore.
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