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.