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Seahawks among teams to express preliminary interest in T.O.

Several teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, have made exploratory phone calls about free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

The nature of all the calls, which came at different points of the offseason, have been very preliminary. The Seahawks' interest -- it wasn't mentioned when their call or calls were made -- was described as such.

The Seahawks, who at one point explored acquiring Brandon Marshall from the Denver Broncos, could be out of the wide receiver market after selecting Notre Dame's Golden Tate in the second round of last month's draft.

The nature of interest in Owens, who caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns with the Buffalo Bills last season, remains limited as a handful of teams have ruled out signing him. He's expected to find work at some point, though.

Owens, 36, ranks third on the NFL's all-time list in receiving yards (14,951) and touchdowns (144), and he's sixth in catches (1,006). He started his career with the San Francisco 49ers (1996-2003), then played for the Philadelphia Eagles (2004-05) and Dallas Cowboys (2006-08) before joining the Bills last season.

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