Does a market for T.O. exist?

Terrell Owens will at some point sign to play in the NFL for the 2010 season. But as the days pass, and the remaining veterans are plucked from the free agent market, Owens, 36, doesn’t appear to be next on the list. Or even after that.

In fact, the consensus among NFL Network insiders and analysts is that there is no market for Owens at this point, and it will take a training camp injury to create his next job. That, of course, is not uncommon for veterans. But it is a cold, hard reality.

Trying to determine a plausible destination for Owens is, in fact, a tough sell. While it takes only one team, of the handful of teams that have at one point or another been linked to Owens, the possibilities are quickly closing.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is not willing to take the risk (as evidenced by the recent signings of Joey Galloway and Bobby Wade). Fellow insider Michael Lombardi tells me the Jaguars and Bears are off the list, not interested. The Seahawks and Bengals had been thought to be in the mix. But the Seahawks used a second-round pick on Golden Tate and the Bengals added Jordan Shipley and Dezmon Briscoe to a group that also includes Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant, Andre Caldwell, Jerome Simpson and Matt Jones.

The Raiders, of course, are the Raiders. It’s purely speculation teams like the Bucs, Lions, Rams or Chiefs could be interested. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger suggested the Panthers should take a look. As you can see, the remaining list isn’t extensive.

It will likely take a willingness on Owens’ part to drop his reported asking price of $5 million. Even then, what will teams be getting? It does get my attention when analyst Pat Kirwan says he believes Owens, who can no longer command double-coverage, could catch 60 passes. Baldinger is also in the camp that Owens has something left, citing his 43-yard TD against Aqib Talib last season.

Maybe, like the Bills did last offseason, a team will swoop in out of nowhere. Put this on your back burner for later this summer … it will be interesting to watch.

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