With only a couple of weeks to go before training camps open, Terrell Owens remains a free agent. And he thinks that’s because NFL teams are afraid that if they sign him, he’ll become a locker room cancer.
But Owens insists he won’t be a distraction, and he says his 2009 experience in Buffalo proved that.
In comments to the Associated Press today, Owens said he’s concerned that teams are steering clear of him because of the perception that he’s a troublemaker. In reality, Owens says, he proved in Buffalo that he can go through a season without causing his team any headaches.
Of course, it could be that teams are staying away from Owens less because he’ll be a distraction and more because he’s a 36-year-old coming off a mediocre season.
That’s not how Owens sees it, though.
“I feel like I have enough talent to be a starter on any team,” he said. “That’s what’s so frustrating.”
Whatever the reasons, Owens says he does not have unrealistic salary demands, and he says he’s fine with having to wait until after training camps open before he finds a team.