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It "could take some time" for Terrell Owens to pick his next team

NFL_owens2_250.jpgWith safety Darren Sharper deciding to return to the Saints, the pool of big-name free agents is down to a handful of players.

One of them is receiver Terrell Owens.  Per a league source, it “could take some time” for Owens to sign a contract.

The problem is that, while a number of teams are interested, the financial offers have not yet entered the ballpark that Owens deems to be acceptable.

In March, John Czarnecki of FOX reported that T.O. wants at least $5 million per season.  It’s not an unreasonable number, given that he received $6.5 million from the Bills in 2009.

But as we always say whenever someone claims that an athlete isn’t worth the mountain of money he receives, the reality is that we’re all worth whatever someone will pay us.  The question for Owens is whether there’s still a team that’s willing to pay him an amount significantly above the veteran minimum.

Of course, the market for Owens’ services could change suddenly and dramatically if a team’s No. 1 wideout suffers a serious injury during offseason workouts.  All it takes is one popped ACL and, suddenly, Owens’ demands won’t look quite so exorbitant.

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54 Responses to “It "could take some time" for Terrell Owens to pick his next team”
  1. PrimeTime says: May 4, 2010 10:39 AM

    just a matter of time before the loser Jets sign him… don’t they sign everyone???

  2. IndyWilson says: May 4, 2010 10:41 AM

    Owens isn’t picking the team. The teams will decide whether or not to pick him.

  3. DAS says: May 4, 2010 10:41 AM

    I will predict he will sign with a team when…
    He decides he will accept less than $5 million per season. Too much baggage not enough production to warrant big money.

  4. StillaRita says: May 4, 2010 10:41 AM

    ..or a popped achilles…..hmmm naw it couldn’t be

  5. myspaceyourface says: May 4, 2010 10:43 AM

    also, T.O. can pull a Brett Favre and be absent for all of the mini camps, OTA’s, and part of training camp.

  6. AllThat says: May 4, 2010 10:47 AM

    Why doesn’t he just pick that huge nose…………..

  7. zilla1126 says: May 4, 2010 10:47 AM

    Any team that signs him should have the entire front office fired.

  8. CleanSlaton says: May 4, 2010 10:47 AM

    If only Bob McNair weren’t such a tool, he’d line up T.O. across from Andre. Schaub would kill!

  9. DcNinerFan says: May 4, 2010 10:48 AM

    Who cares?

  10. SteelCurtnDee says: May 4, 2010 10:48 AM

    Or if you don’t have a #1 WR… like the Steelers.
    Hines is dangerous in the slot, but he’s not a #1 anymore. Wallace could be, eventually. But he’s still a couple years away from that.
    T.O. could really help Pittsburgh.

  11. Daboys0822 says: May 4, 2010 10:52 AM

    He is a headache but lets be honest he is probably still in the top 20 of receivers. He had a terrible quarterback last year. He is going to start declining but I think he still has a few years left in him.

  12. bucc19 says: May 4, 2010 10:53 AM

    also, T.O. can pull a Brett Favre and be absent for all of the mini camps, OTA’s, and part of training camp.
    Yes, but if he does it the media will go on and on and on about what a narcistic, me first jerk he is, while Butt gets a free pass again.

  13. Mean D says: May 4, 2010 10:58 AM

    He is finished.

  14. Gautam says: May 4, 2010 11:00 AM

    that baggage is not worth $5million

  15. MotorCitySteel says: May 4, 2010 11:01 AM

    Leftwich to TO……………that will do for 4 games. Do it!!

  16. hotchick says: May 4, 2010 11:02 AM

    This “everyone is worth only what someone is willing to pay them” is bunk. Its catchy and a nice phrase. It does not reflect reality.
    People in every aspect in life (meaning in and out of sports) are over and under paid.
    People exist who under estimate their value to their employer and employers over estimate particular employees value to the company.
    Lets say the Bills want Owens back and are willing to pay him $4million. But they offer him $3 million and he takes it. If “everyone is worth what someone is willing to pay him,” what is Owen’s worth, what the Bills would pay him ($4 mil? or the low ball offer ($3mil) he took?

  17. Holeinone09 says: May 4, 2010 11:03 AM

    I tend to agree with SteelCurtnDee, he could help the Steelers. For the right price, I would like the Steelers to take a shot with him. Owens is talented, not as good as he was and drops some balls, but probably better/more potential than any other wide receiver on the team now other than Hines and Wallace. He also seems to be behaving better recently. A one year deal might make sense.

  18. SHUTYOURFACE says: May 4, 2010 11:03 AM

    terrell has 25million reasons to not be wanted by any teams right now

  19. God's Own Silver and Blue says: May 4, 2010 11:07 AM

    “that baggage is not worth $5million”
    Unless you’re flying on Spirit Airlines.

  20. steeelfann says: May 4, 2010 11:09 AM

    First of all, Hines Ward is still Number 1. Look at his stats from last year. Why would anyone say different. Silly statement.
    Having said that, the Steelers should look at TO.
    They really don’t have one larger wideout, now that Sweed’s possibility has been removed along with Santonio Holme’s speed.
    He has to get off the dollars though as he is not worth it and even he is probably aware of that inside. Problem is, TO is not the Rooney’s style (course neither is Ben, Santonio, Jeff Reed, Matt Speath and James Harrison).
    It would be a good, veteran signing for them, but of course, they won’t do it.

  21. hotep999 says: May 4, 2010 11:11 AM

    lol @ that Jets comment!

  22. Krow says: May 4, 2010 11:11 AM

    It’s always the same problem with these guys on the downside of their careers… they want too much money.
    Lots of teams would sign him as a 3rd or 4th option… but that’s maybe $2 mil tops.
    In the end they walk away and leave millions on the table… because they make decisions based on their egos.

  23. schism says: May 4, 2010 11:35 AM

    TO to the saskachewan Rough Riderz, 35,000 with a bus passs signing bonus.

  24. BigMikeSkinsFan says: May 4, 2010 11:39 AM

    owens was a WR with questionable hands but amazing speed and strength. now he has lost a step, more drama then yo mama and he has questionable hands.
    isnt worth 5 bucks..

  25. Panther's Balls says: May 4, 2010 11:50 AM

    It’s still early. Someone will pick him up. His antics have not really been that bad the last couple of years anyway and he’s still productive. I don’t remember hearing anything negative from him last year in Buffalo.
    My bet for his landing spot is Washington. Besides the rumor of McNabb wanting him, they don’t have any good receivers, they’re not afraid of big free agents, Owens already played for 2 other teams in the division so he has inside knowledge of the competition, and he and McNabb were successful in the past.
    Other options I would say are Bengals, Seahawks, or Browns. Would not surprise me if New England picked him up either. Maybe he would play for less money with them knowing he could win a superbowl.

  26. Meldog says: May 4, 2010 11:54 AM

    @ zilla1226
    That’s what the Bills did.

  27. joetoronto says: May 4, 2010 11:57 AM

    illa1126 says: May 4, 2010 10:47 AM
    Any team that signs him should have the entire front office fired.
    I couldn’t agree more.

  28. Big_D_In_Ur_Face says: May 4, 2010 12:00 PM

    thank you DAS for that amazing insight. he played for one of the worst teams in the league last year, be realistic. there was a point where people were saying randy moss was done, then he got paired up with brady and broke the single season td record.
    put t.o. with a good qb and i guarantee he’d still be a beast.

  29. bobinpuertorico says: May 4, 2010 12:03 PM

    As a Bills fan, I watched T.O. play last year and I think a lot of teams do not know how good he still is. They look at his stats (55 receptions and 829 total yards) and they think he is slipping. What they fail to consider is that the Bills O-line was weak to start and then was devastated by injuries. As a result of the pathetic O-line, the Bills had no offense. They had the least offensive plays of all 32 teams. In addition, the QBs of the Bills did nothing, in part because of the O-line and in part because of who they are. As a result, the Bills finished 30th in the league in average passing yards per game, with 157.2. If T.O. had been playing for an average team last year, he would have had at least 80 receptions and over 1,200 yards. If he played for one of the top passing teams, he certainly could have gone over 100 receptions and had perhaps 1,600 yards. If a team has a lousy QB and a poor O-line, then they should not spend $5 million on T.O. However, if a team has a good QB (e.g., Carson Palmer with the Bengals), then $5 million for the production they would get from T.O. is a bargain. Finally, last year T.O. was on his best behavior and if he is again signed to a one-year contract, he will probably behave wll again.

  30. HarrisonHits says: May 4, 2010 12:06 PM

    “the market for Owens’ services could change suddenly and dramatically if a team’s No. 1 wideout suffers a serious injury”
    BO hasn’t been a #1 in years. Except in drops.

  31. rickah8888 says: May 4, 2010 12:06 PM

    Who is this Terrell Owens?? Has he even been relevant over the last 5yrs??

  32. GurpBadesha says: May 4, 2010 12:10 PM

    Raider Nation where you at

  33. 49erFanLivingInDallas says: May 4, 2010 12:15 PM

    I wonder if he feels bad that no quarterbacks in the league will cry for him
    “Thats my receiver, thats not right, we lost as a team”
    I have Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and if a pint of my blood and TO walked into a locker room at the same time, TO would still be the most cancerous thing in that room.

  34. fishfan39 says: May 4, 2010 12:22 PM

    T.O is pretty much done. He’s been dropping almost as many passes as he has caught during the last couple of seasons. Plus what team needs a lockerroom cancer? And your team can have it all for the low cost of $5 mil. No thanks!

  35. Philly Cheese says: May 4, 2010 12:26 PM

    I hope the Steelers do sign him, but only because I want to see Hines Ward punch him in the face during one of his mid-game sideline rants.

  36. Buzzsaw says: May 4, 2010 12:30 PM

    No way the Steelers make a play on T.O. The guy is a first class jerk that causes dissension on the team. Oh wait, that’s Ben. Never mind. Go ahead Steelers, give your fans what they want, sign T.O.

  37. Duan says: May 4, 2010 12:42 PM

    Damn all that talk about his ego, personality!
    Take your favorite team and add him to your wide receiver corp! Instant upgrade!
    T.O. needs two things?
    1. a quarterback like Dan Fouts that going to call him out on his mistakes and make’em play hard
    2. a coach that can handle diva personalities
    So more than likely, he will be a New York Jet or a Oakland Raider!

  38. blacktoothgrin says: May 4, 2010 12:52 PM

    Cut Jabustus Russell and save 6.45 mil. Sign TO for say $4.5 mil. Now Campbell has a pretty good vetran to throw to while Murphy, Schillens, Higgins, and yes even DHB get better. You just saved about $2 mil that could be given to Seymour

  39. Gray Eagle says: May 4, 2010 12:56 PM

    Panther’s Balls said:My bet for his landing spot is Washington. Besides the rumor of McNabb wanting him, they don’t have any good receivers, they’re not afraid of big free agents, Owens already played for 2 other teams in the division so he has inside knowledge of the competition, and he and McNabb were successful in the past.
    OMIGAWD! Shanahan already has two severely inflated egos to deal with – – Fat Albert and Crafty Clinton, both of whom have Snyder’s cell-phone number on their speed dials. He certainly does not need another ego problem and a proven locker-room disrupter.

  40. DuluthFan says: May 4, 2010 1:04 PM

    Hey, bucc19…whine like a b!tch much?

  41. Stone says: May 4, 2010 1:09 PM

    And I was just listening to that idiot Warren Sapp the other day saying that Owens was being “blackballed” from the NFL and no one would offer him a contract.

  42. jollyrob68 says: May 4, 2010 1:09 PM

    To is not a number 1 anymore. I like him or Coles to The Steelers after OTA’s if they think the WR we have cant do it alone.

  43. Bucfs says: May 4, 2010 1:22 PM

    I don’t see why the bucs don’t sign him.

  44. raidertg says: May 4, 2010 1:23 PM

    The man has talent and you can no means question this love for the game. When he hits the field he leaves everything he has out there. In case you don’t remember last year he was well behaved and that was on a lossing team. Sign him AL. We need a vet for the rookies to learn from.

  45. LAEaglefan says: May 4, 2010 1:27 PM

    Al Davis will sign him for $5 million. I don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet.

  46. iusedtobeteddybayer says: May 4, 2010 1:40 PM

    Just how many dropped balls past two seasons?

  47. SixburghSteelers says: May 4, 2010 1:41 PM

    I, like other posters would LOVE to see him in the Burg’ for a yr or 2…..
    Too bad the front has too much pride and too many “team” distractions as of late.
    Hines, Farrior, & Tomlin could handle the “diva” ‘tude for sure!

  48. Dogsweat says: May 4, 2010 1:45 PM


  49. daniel rosa says: May 4, 2010 1:45 PM

    hell be in Pittsburgh. You heard it here first!!!

  50. AllThat says: May 4, 2010 1:52 PM

    @raidertg says:
    May 4, 2010 1:23 PM
    When he hits the field he leaves everything he has out there.
    Including the football

  51. wdb_washington_eagle says: May 4, 2010 2:05 PM

    NO WAY, T.O. goes to the Steelers. They got enough going on with Mr.
    “I’m Big Ben chick…You see these Super Bowl rings!!!! Now spit shine my clock before I clean yours!!!”
    Plus they just shipped out a Super Bowl MVP WR because of his off the field problems and bad PR.
    T.O. would bring the death of the declining Steelers.
    But who knows…T.O. being a “diva” maybe Roethlisberger could slap him around a little in the locker room if he doesn’t go ahead with “Big Ben’s” plans for him.
    “NO…I throw the BALLS around here, you just shut up and catch it!!! And if you can’t do that then we have a problem. Security turn your heads. Big Ben’s bout to lay another smackdown!!!”

  52. jebdamone says: May 4, 2010 2:16 PM

    id give him a ten spot for half a bus ticket out of my town.

  53. wdb_washington_eagle says: May 4, 2010 2:21 PM

    T.O. press conference after being beaten by Roethlisberger….
    Reporter: “Did Ben Roethlisberger assult you in the team locker room after Monday nights game for complaining of not getting the ball enough?”
    T.O.: “Thats my quarterback…thats my teammate. Its not fair…”
    Reporter: “Whats not fair Mr. Owens?”
    T.O.: “I got beat by the team.”
    Reporter: “Are you saying there were other Steelers present during the attack?”
    T.O.: “They put in a lot of hard hits, I’m mean work to get where we are.”
    Reporter: “What was said before this attack took place?”
    T.O.: “Big Ben looked to his security and said…”Get your popcorn ready!!!”

  54. Wizahdry says: May 4, 2010 2:41 PM

    Sounds like TO has Marvin Harrison syndrome. He thinks he is worth more than what he is. GEtting too old, less productive and still as much drama as before.

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