Could things finally be looking up for the six-time Pro-Bowler?
Possibly, according to NFL rumors that have been slowly circulating the internet since May. Two months ago, Owens was invited by former teammate QB Carson Palmer to catch passes with the Oakland Raiders wide receivers, arguably among the most inexperienced in the league.
Owens spent one year with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 and with Palmer under center caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
The thought that the Raiders would need another wide out, especially a 38-year old 13 months removed from knee surgery, made Owens joining the corps incredibly unlikely and the rumors faded.
Thursday morning Daniel Jeremiah sent out a tweet that sparked the TO-to-OAK fires back up. According to Jeremiah, Drew Brees, Kyle Boller, and Palmer were working out in San Diego and were joined by Owens.
Although Owens never had any run-ins with the law, controversy followed him wherever he played. He had interviews with several media outlets where he made controversial statements about former and current teammates after he left the San Francisco 49ers and during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. He spoke ill of Bill Parcells (his coach during his first year with the Dallas Cowboys) after the Super Bowl winning coach retired and Owens was still a member of the Cowboys. Owens was released by Dallas following the 2008 season and signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. Owens starred in his own reality show The TO Show and appeared on another reality show The Superstars in the summer of 2009. He signed a one-year contract with the Bengals in July 2010.
Cincinnati decided not to re-sign Owens and during the 2011 offseason he suffered a torn ACL and underwent surgery in April. He was cleared to play in October and held a televised workout which no NFL teams attended.
Owens was extended an offer by the Allen Wranglers (Allen, TX) of the Indoor Football League the following month, and announced in a 22 second video he posted on twitter he would accept their offer in January. After eight games played (35 receptions, 420 yards, and 10 touchdowns) the Wranglers released Owens from his contract in May.
Terrell Owens the player was one of the most productive receivers in NFL history. In 15 seasons he is second all-time with 15,934 receiving yards, sixth-most in receptions with 1,078, and is tied with Randy Moss for second-most receiving touchdowns with 153.
TO the superstar is what has held him back from being even greater.
Now he is without a job and hoping for another chance in the NFL. Maybe Oakland will give him that chance, the same way they did with his former teammate.
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