Terrell Owens still doesn’t have a team, but the boisterous wide receiver will be in our Los Angeles studios Friday to talk about his future. So, perhaps his future will be more clear in 24 hours — or at least we will know more.
We’ve discussed throughout the offseason what type of market exists for Owens, who’s 36. It became apparent during the free-agency period that Owens would be forced to wait for his next job, and the voices began mounting that it will take an injury during training camp for it to happen. Add another voice to that line of thinking, this one relayed by NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on “NFL Total Access” on Thursday.
“I talked to a general manager within the last 24 hours who is running a team that a lot of people would say has need of a wide receiver,” La Canfora noted. “He said his team isn’t interested in T.O., and he doesn’t think anyone will sign T.O. until some time during training camp when an injury forces them to do so.”
The reports remain consistent, and NFL.com’s Steve Wyche added awhile back that several teams, including the Seahawks, had made preliminary calls on T.O. at different points during the offseason. Looking over the reports of teams linked to Owens at various points, the Ravens, Redskins, Jaguars, Bears, Dolphins and Bengals were all in, but now out, of that mix.
The Raiders also were penciled in as a fit, until coach Tom Cable shot down a report that the team was interested, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News recently touched on the topic while also looking at another angle – the internal praise for Owens in Buffalo, something I’ve also heard from multiple players on the roster last season.
With plenty of time to go before training camps open, it’s fully expected that Owens will find work. Exactly where, though, remains one of the biggest unanswered questions of the offseason.