Five years ago, the Ravens tried to swing a trade for receiver Terrell Owens.
He didn’t want to go there, and so it didn’t work out.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the Ravens have made another run at T.O.
Per Glazer, the Ravens called the Bills this week regarding the availability of Owens, and the Bills told the Ravens “thanks” and “no thanks” in immediate succession. (As Peter King correctly explains it, the Bills aren’t inclined to move a guy who sparked such a signficiant rush on the box office.)
If that call was made (and we’re not saying it wasn’t), it seems like a stretch to think that the Ravens would have wanted T.O., and vice versa.
Here’s what we wrote when T.O. was available in March: “Apart from the fact that Ravens coach John Harbaugh had a front-row
seat for the T.O. drama in Philly, the bigger impediment likely would
arise from Owens’ accusation that Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome made a
racist comment about him when Ravens were attempting to swing a trade
for Owens five years ago.”
Owens has claimed that Newsome told T.O.’s agent at the time, David Joseph, that Newsome “was a black man from Alabama just like T.O.” and that “sometimes a black man’s gotta be slapped.”
So if the Ravens did make that call to the Bills about T.O., then it means they’re really desperate for help at wideout.