Terrell Owens, the loquacious wide receiver known as much for his flamboyant antics as he was for turning out thousand-yard seasons, is seeking another comeback.
Wait — there’s more.
Now 39, Owens said on an NFL radio interview today that he still feels he has something to offer an NFL team — perhaps even the Chiefs.
That’s right. The 15-year veteran who last wore an NFL uniform during the 2012 presason before being cut by the Seattle Seahawks told the NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show that he hasn’t yet heard from another potential suitor, but the Chiefs or Vikings could be good fits because they employ the West Coast Offense ... not to mention the fact that Andy Reid, for whom Owens played in Philadelphia, now coaches here in Kansas City.
Thus far, though, all T.O. has heard in return are crickets.
“Nothing as of right now,” Owens said on the broadcast. “So I understand the process; obviously teams are really taking a closer look in evaluating their younger players. Being a free agent, I understand that later in the months as training camp starts, they’ll start looking for veterans.”
Could Owens be the kind of veteran the Chiefs bring aboard as summer heats up and opening kickoff approaches? Could Alex Smith really be scanning the field this fall and drop a pass into the hands of Owens? After all, behind star pass-catcher Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs’ roster includes a lot of newbies, unrealized potential and neon-flashing question marks.
In a report on the radio interview posted today by Dan Hanzus, who writes for NFL.com’s Around the League site, Owens said he feels the lack of interest in his services stems more from punishment for his actions earlier in his career than an inability to compete at nearly 40 years of age. Past antics included feuding with his starting quarterbacks to showboating on the Dallas Cowboys’ midfield star.
There’s no denying that Owens was once one of the best receivers in the league. He has played regular-season games for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals. In 2010, his last full season in the NFL, he had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
Owens nine times produced thousand-yard seasons, and eight times scored double-digit touchdowns. But he sat out the 2011 season, and the Seahawks didn’t see enough potential in him last year to keep him past training camp.
“It’s all politics,” he said. “I think a lot of it has to do with my reputation, things that I’ve done early in my career.
“I’m a changed person, I’m a bit more mature then I was in years past and I think if anybody out there can look past that, and look what I can bring to the team than some of the things that happened in the past, I can look past it and maybe they could and I could go in and help a team develop some of those younger guys.”
He says he’ll retire if no team shows interest this season.