No one ever really doubted Terrell Owens’ ability or his amazing condition. It’s his mouth. And his whining. And his mouth. . . that have been major disruptions on any team he has played. At 38 and back in the NFL for the first time in two years, maybe Owens can contain himself and just play football.
Coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks have granted Owens a one-year contract worth $1 million when other teams would not even give him a tryout.
Among other things, it was Owens’ 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard-dash that convinced the Seahawks to give the six-time Pro Bowl receiver a shot.
Grateful, Owens sounded off on Twitter saying, “God is good. Thankful. Grateful. To ALL my new teammates & the “12th Man”… Let’s Do This!! ”
Carroll also used Twitter to welcome the newest addition to his team, writing: “@terrellowens welcome to the land of the #12thMan Terrell, see you in the morning… 8am meetings!!”
Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season the Cincinnati Bengals, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
After surgery on his left knee, NFL teams eschewed an opportunity to even see him work out, age and penchant for causing locker room discord main reasons there was no interest.Owens played in the arena football league for much of last season before being released – and losing ownership share in the team. Owens had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.
He is looking to buck a trend of lack of production of players older than 35. According to ESPN Stats and Information, of the 187 NFL players with at least 20 catches last season, Donald Driver was the only one older than 35. Hines Ward and Tony Gonzales each had more than 20 catches, but were 35 last season, not older.
Owens is the latest veteran receiver the Seahawks have signed since training camp began. It started when the Seahawks brought in Antonio 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..
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.