Beason: ‘No way’ T.O. could be a Panther

We’re coming to the point where the closest Terrell Owens will come to catching a pass from an NFL quarterback this year would be if he masqueraded as an Oak Grove High School student.

Owens removed himself from consideration by the Chiefs on Wednesday. Which assumes, of course, that the Chiefs had any interest in the enigmatic receiver. But a high-profile coach and a high-profile linebacker took their teams out of the running for Owens’ services Thursday.

Panthers LB Jon Beason told NFL enthusiasts during his chat that there was “no way” that T.O. could play for Carolina.

“There’s no way T.O. could be a Panther,” Beason wrote. “Based on the fact that our ownership and coaches believe that the locker room is important and based on T.O.’s history, for whatever reason, he’s been a distraction in the locker room.”

That’s a pretty strong statement, considering Panthers WR Steve Smith once broke a teammate’s nose during a training-camp fight.

Earlier Thursday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made it very clear that he wouldn’t take a chance on T.O. That’s a real slap in the face, considering the Redskins are reinventing the “Over the Hill Gang” by signing a gaggle of veteran running backs, and they also have shown interest in Brian Westbrook.

Pat Kirwan recently proposed a contract that would make T.O. an attractive free agent. But will there be any teams left willing to offer it?

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