Terrell Owens has signed with the Seattle Seahawks after a year out of the NFL, ESPN reports.
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Owens reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $1 million. He had quite the impressive workout, running a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash.
The last time Owens touched an NFL football field was in 2010 when he was playing with the Cincinnati Bengals. He caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
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Last year, Owens was unable to get a team to pick him up after undergoing surgery on his left knee. With no NFL options on the table, he played for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League where he pulled down 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns. His tenure with the team, however, was rather rocky. Owens was eventually released from the team and lost his ownership stake in the club.
“Grantland,” an online publication of ESPN, published a rather lengthy and comprehensive piece on TO’s struggles with the team.
While Owens is approaching the end of his career (he is 38-years-old), the Seahawks current wide receiver stable–or the dearth of one–leaves room for the future Hall of Famer to have a breakout season.
Owens is the latest veteran receiver the Seahawks have signed since training camp began. It started when the Seahawks brought in Antonio Bryant, but he was cut late last week. Seattle also signed Braylon Edwards, who played sparingly in 2011 with San Francisco during an injury-filled season. Now it’s Owens getting his chance.
Seattle is seeking both insurance and a complement for Sidney Rice. Last season, Rice played in just nine games as he was sidelined by shoulder injuries and concussions. Rice had surgery on both shoulders in the offseason and is being held out of contact drills during training camp as the Seahawks try to get him to the start of the regular season healthy.
Additionally, the Seahawks cut No. 2 receiver Mike Williams in July, and Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu, the Seahawks’ main options for filling that role, don’t fit Carroll’s desire to have another tall receiver with a big frame.
TO is certainly capable of having a great season as long as other variables around and within him are in sync: offensive line blocks well enough; quarterback gets him the ball, be it Tavaris Jackson, Matt Flynn or rookie Russell Wilson; TO plays like TO.
It will remain to be seen how this chapter in Owens’ football career will unfold, but he certainly is more than happy for the opportunity. Last night, he took to Twitter to celebrate making the Seahawks roster:
So far, Owens career stats include 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns — the second most in league history.