After months and months on the free agent market, wide receiver Terrell Owens has finally agreed to terms with Dallas.
That would be the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, where he has agreed to become a player and co-owner. The team’s current general manager is Drew Pearson, the former great Cowboys receiver.
Owens, 38, tweeted about the signing earlier today. He will play in all of the team’s home games, although it hasn’t yet been decided whether he will play in the road games, according to a report on ESPN. (What kind of a player signs with a team and is “unsure” whether he will play in the road games?)
The season starts on February 25th. The IFL is a 16-team league. It was created as a combination of the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football. (Has anyone ever heard of either of those leagues? sure haven’t.)
Last season, the Wranglers went 10-4 but lost in the conference championship game (or whatever you call it). If they make it that far this year, let’s hope it’s a home game so T.O. can play.
Who knows? This could finally be the opportunity for T.O. to capture that elusive championship. Maybe he’ll even get inducted into the Indoor Football League Hall of Fame. (That’s definitely an accomplishment for his mantle.)
Owens was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He has played for five teams throughout his career: San Francisco (1996-2003), Philadelphia Eagles (2004-2005), Dallas Cowboys (2006-2008), Buffalo Bills (2009), and Cincinnati Bengals (2010).
He missed the entire 2011 season as he rehabbed from a torn ACL. Late in the season, he made a video of him working out for all 32 NFL teams but he went unsigned, and it’s looking more and more like he will never again play in the National Football League.
He has played in the postseason eight times with the Niners, Eagles, and Cowboys, but his teams are just 4-7 in those games. He delivered two of the more underrated postseason moments in history: with San Francisco, he caught a 25-yard game-winning touchdown with three seconds left to beat the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round of the 1998 playoffs, a play known as the Redemption Reception; and with the Philadelphia Eagles, he turned in a nine-catch, 122-yard game on a surgically repaired ankle against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Yet despite his postseason success, Owens has never won a Super Bowl.
He ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards (15,934) and receiving touchdowns (153), and sixth in receptions (1078).