T.O. open to taking pay cut to play for Patriots

Not to be outdone by the mass-media antics of Brett Favre and LeBron James, Terrell Owens has taken to the press to plead his case for a role — even a supporting one — in the 2010 NFL season.

On Tuesday, Owens told The Associated Press that, unlike some of the NFL’s “golden boys,” he has never been disciplined by the league. He defies the long-standing perception that he’s a troublemaker and points to a state of personal calm with the Bills in 2009, despite Buffalo’s off-the-hinges season.

“There were a number of times where prior I probably would have reacted, said something I wasn’t supposed to say,” the receiver told The AP. “I really had some restraint, very patient.”

Wednesday morning, Owens hit the airwaves to promote the second (irresistible) season of VH1’s “The T.O. Show.” Try as he might to pitch this gem, nobody would have it. Talk immediately moved to football — and Owens didn’t disappoint.

In an interview with 96.5 The Buzz in Kansas City, T.O. dismissed the idea of playing for the Chiefs.

“Me and Todd Haley, we don’t get along,” Owens told the host.

Haley, of course, was Owens’ receivers coach in Dallas in 2006.

But Owens made it clear to Boston’s WJMN Radio that playing for the Patriots would be a different story.

“I’d definitely be open to that,” he said.

“I mean, you’ve got (Tom) Brady there. You’ve got the great mind, coach (Bill) Belichick,” Owens said. “I’m like LeBron. I can go there and take less of a role, take less money and put everything aside and make it work.”

That’s right. Just like LeBron.

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