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T.O. remains not an option for the Browns

Roughly a month ago, Browns G.M. Tom Heckert told Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that receiver Terrell Owens wouldn’t be joining the 2010 edition of the team.

Given that several of you have e-mailed a link to Grossi’s recent mailbag column, in which he reiterates the comment from Heckert, it’s worth repeating.  The Browns don’t want Owens.

It remains to be seen whether anyone actually does.  Though his demeanor suggested otherwise, the April remarks from Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on the matter suggested that the door could swing open in D.C.  The fact that the Seahawks had an interest in Brandon Marshall could mean that they’d be interested in Owens.

Beyond that, the options seem to be limited.  The Jets’ recent player-acquisition strategy would suggest a possible fit for Owens, but the Jets don’t have a need at the position.  The Ravens and Bengals have addressed their needs as well.  Otherwise, the options entail non-contenders and/or burned bridges.

One intriguing option comes in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers definitely have a need.  But Owens simply doesn’t fit the mold of the black and (yellow) gold, and he’s the last thing the Rooneys need while rebuilding the team’s image in the wake of the Roethlisberger brouhaha.

So it could be that T.O. will have to wait for a long-term injury to a starting receiver with a team that wouldn’t be inclined to run a nine route in the opposite direction.
  

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33 Responses to “T.O. remains not an option for the Browns”
  1. MosesZD says: Jun 14, 2010 9:07 AM

    I’m thinking that TO will be exited-out of the NFL like Jeff George. There comes a point in time that your skills aren’t worth the baggage.

  2. Jackson says: Jun 14, 2010 9:07 AM

    Florio said: One intriguing option comes in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers definitely have a need. But Owens simply doesn’t fit the mold of the black and (yellow) gold, and he’s the last thing the Rooneys need while rebuilding the team’s image in the wake of the Roethlisberger brouhaha.
    ———————-
    Owens is not a criminal. what image would have been tarnishing or making worse? every team he’s been on he has not tarnished anything but himself.
    Owens is a talent and any team would be lucky to have him.

  3. Ravenmuscle says: Jun 14, 2010 9:09 AM

    The biggest problem for the Clowns will be B.O.
    They will stink to high heaven no matter who they sign.

  4. Kaz says: Jun 14, 2010 9:14 AM

    Why are the Browns trying to act like they are big time players? They should be ecstatic to think that someone of TO’s caliber would want to come to mistake by the lake. Especially with the wideouts they plan to take into the season. Who are they again?
    My guess, he isn’t even interested, they are just tickling their fanny with the idea they have to turn away the long line of big name free agents who are just begging to sign with the club….. We know better.

  5. Dixon29 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:16 AM

    But Owens simply doesn’t fit the mold of the black and (yellow) gold,
    Black and yellow… Ha ha! Stupid color blind people from Pittsburgh who say “yins” all the time. Ask someone from Western PA what yins means and they say “you all”. Idiots, just like Big Ben.

  6. DonTerrelli says: Jun 14, 2010 9:16 AM

    So, basically this is an article stating that no news is still no news about news that never happened.

  7. Duan says: Jun 14, 2010 9:37 AM

    Let’s weigh the good with the bad on T.O.
    On the field, he is a diva – but what wide receiver is not a diva in their own right? Jerry Rice wanted the ball 99.9% of the time, it was just he conducted his interviews in a different manner than what he portrayed on the field.
    T.O. wears his emotions on his sleeve and he speaks his mind regardless of what anyone thinks!
    Off the field, never heard of him being involved in marital problems, womanizing, drinking or drugs, no financial issues, running with a particular crowd, gangs or drug dealers or crooked agents, beating on woman or children, dating underaged girls, raping underaged girls, killing people in drunk driving accidents.
    He is relatively a clean lifestyle guy.
    He doesn’t get credit for breaking his leg, then returning to put up 9 receptions for a 122 yards, which is a mere shadow of Deion Branches, MVP performance – but yet T.O. came off a broken leg!?
    I think its a shame people don’t respect his work, but just focus in on his mouth.
    I can think of far more guys who were worse sh*t talkers in the history of the NFL.

  8. Rojo Johnson says: Jun 14, 2010 9:37 AM

    Redskins must say no to T.O. They don’t need any more washed up old veterans.

  9. TheToolofTools says: Jun 14, 2010 9:38 AM

    MosesZD – no truer post was ever written !

  10. buzmeg says: Jun 14, 2010 9:38 AM

    Why is crap worthy of a column? The Browns stink and T.O. is done.
    T.O. won’t get another NFL gig until some team is really desperate for a receiver.

  11. FarmerMonkey says: Jun 14, 2010 9:42 AM

    If the Steelers have the cap room, I’d give him a short-term deal like the Bills did.
    What kind of money has TO been trying to get, I wonder? He definitely didn’t make too big of an impact in Buffalo.
    I don’t see TO as an “image” problem. You don’t see him getting arrested for DUIs, domestic abuse, etc. He’s more risk as a locker-room distraction.
    But he probably wouldn’t want to be a Steeler anyway…have to share looks with Hines, Miller, and Wallace.

  12. tickintimebomb says: Jun 14, 2010 9:50 AM

    Kaz… the fact you make the comment about what receivers the Browns are taking into this season says that you know exactly who they are.
    Apparently they think young, talented and good character receivers might be a better fit than an old washed up nutcase that could never catch anyway.
    But you’re right… the Browns continue to act like they want to turn down big name free agents???
    What?

  13. Mike Daly says: Jun 14, 2010 9:54 AM

    TO burned so many bridges that his career is ending right in front of everyone’s eyes.

  14. Mr Krinkle says: Jun 14, 2010 9:55 AM

    It would take about five minutes for Roethlisberger and Owens to hate each other.

  15. east96street. says: Jun 14, 2010 9:59 AM

    If the guy would lower his salary demands, he would be signed already. He’s asking a Maserati price for a body that has become a Ford. At veteran’s minimum, or just above, he would be an excellent addition. At the $6 million plus a season he’s asking, only the absolutely desperate will make the move.

  16. rollinyou says: Jun 14, 2010 10:04 AM

    Ravens suck and so do the Steelers.
    RAVENMUSCLE: you must be bored at work or you just graduated from the eigth grade and started your summer vacation. Please get a life!

  17. Kaz says: Jun 14, 2010 10:04 AM

    tickintimebomb says:
    June 14, 2010 9:50 AM
    Kaz… the fact you make the comment about what receivers the Browns are taking into this season says that you know exactly who they are.

  18. ouzoholic says: Jun 14, 2010 10:08 AM

    “But Owens simply doesn’t fit the mold of the black and (yellow) gold”
    Why? because he doesn’t have sex with women against their will. Doesn’t drink and drive or beat up women. Yep, I guess that’s it .

  19. JayC6 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:10 AM

    He will be with a team before the season starts! I’m not wishing bad luck on anybody, but it seems like every year in training camp, a teams SuperBowl dreams are derailed because of a serious injury.

  20. robmart0906 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:26 AM

    if the browns dont wanna sign TO, you know it means TO is done in the NFL

  21. steveinohio says: Jun 14, 2010 10:31 AM

    “he’s the last thing the Rooneys need while rebuilding the team’s image in the wake of the Roethlisberger brouhaha”
    You should get spell check or something.
    The correct way to write “brouhaha” is with an ‘R’ at the begining. End it with ‘E’ of course, and slip an ‘AP’ in the middle.
    Maybe a Webster’s would help.

  22. AllThat says: Jun 14, 2010 10:51 AM

    @Duan says:
    June 14, 2010 9:37 AM
    ————————————————
    didn’t he eat a bunch of pills and then went to the hospital to get his stomach pumped?
    Dude is scarier than VY.

  23. TheOne says: Jun 14, 2010 11:31 AM

    The Browns should look at picking up TO. He will help them for sure. But I want TO to go to a team with a chance of making playoff’s like the Chargers!! I hope they take him, since they will need someone to replace Jackson during his time off.

  24. OntBoltFan says: Jun 14, 2010 11:42 AM

    The Browns are rolling the dice with their WR corps, again. Last year they shipped out their only WR (Edwards) to the Jets after trading their best receiver, Winslow in the offseason. Hoping 2 rookies could fill in, last year they stunk.
    You can only run Cribbs out of the wildcat so often. Puzzling, they added no WRs in the draft or FA.

  25. Rojo Johnson says: Jun 14, 2010 11:53 AM

    I think Massaquoi is going to surprise some people. I think he’s got skills.

  26. The Hogster says: Jun 14, 2010 11:55 AM

    This is a shining example of the old adage “Never burn your bridges.” While T.O. and McNabb may have personally squashed their beef, the tenuous perception that trouble could brew with T.O. in Washington may have squashed his last chance to win in the NFL.
    Perhaps a team like the Jaguars would take a late look at him on the cheap to sell tickets and try to win, but a Hall of Fame talent like T.O. is likely to end his career without ever winning anything significant.
    Darn shame.

  27. PittsburghSteelerz says: Jun 14, 2010 12:25 PM

    Even with Holmes gone, Pittsburgh is pretty stacked at WR.
    You have Hines and Wallace as starters with El, Battle & 2 quality rookies fighting for playing time.
    Owens would be a nice fit in case Wallace struggles or as injury insurance… As long as he’s willing to STFU and accept a 2nd/3rd receiver role.

  28. mixman34 says: Jun 14, 2010 12:33 PM

    “TO remains” are not an option?
    Or TO “remains” not an option.. haha
    Either way the end result is the same!

  29. Nard100 says: Jun 14, 2010 1:06 PM

    GM’s don’t turn down talent especially if ther’s a need. I’m figuring that they don’t see what they need in TO and thus are taking a flyer. Edn of the road TO. On to the reality show circuit!

  30. MagicMan407 says: Jun 14, 2010 1:20 PM

    Terrell Owens is an annoying ass dude! Yes; he’s pretty good, but hes not worth 6 mil a year hes worth 3.5 per year max. I hate Owens, Mcnabb and Westbrook and for some damn reason they are likely to all be Redskins.. I can’t jump on the Mcnabb wagon and cheer for the guy now. I can’t just suddenly like these players that I have grown to hate! I hope they all retire so Shanahan doesn’t realise they are all old guys and sign them all. I love football and I love the Redskins.. DAMN MY LIFE! Just sign Atogwe and be done with all this signing of guys I hate..

  31. tickintimebomb says: Jun 14, 2010 8:49 PM

    Kaz says:
    June 14, 2010 10:04 AM
    tickintimebomb says:
    June 14, 2010 9:50 AM
    Kaz… the fact you make the comment about what receivers the Browns are taking into this season says that you know exactly who they are.

  32. TheSleepness says: Jun 14, 2010 8:54 PM

    return to san fran TO..just try that BS with Singletary as your HC…the 9ers are in a position to take the division, TO should goo back there..tom brady will be a 49er in 2011
    – the future.

  33. OLDCRACKER says: Jun 14, 2010 11:36 PM

    As a Browns’ fan, I would love to see TO wearing the purple and black of the Ravens. His cancer is just what that organization deserves.
    On a side note, can you imagine Ray Lewis having a “talk” with TO on the side???

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