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T.O. possibilities dwindling, but optimism remains

Despite recent strong indications from Washington, San Diego, and Seattle regarding the lack of interest in receiver Terrell Owens, the T.O. camp remains optimistic that he’ll have a deal, possibly within a week.

But where? 

Though we can’t always take at face value the things that teams publicly say, especially since there were teams last year with interest in Mike Vick who told the world otherwise, the proximity of the recent comments from the Redskins, Chargers, and Seahawks makes it hard to ignore their positions.

Assuming that his past teams (49ers, Cowboys, Eagles, Bills) are out of the mix, along with the teams with key decision-makers who have had a bellyful of his unique brand of popcorn (Dolphins, Vikings, Chiefs), let’s look at the current possibilities, which is based on mildly educated guesswork and a hunch or two.

Ravens:  If they’re paying Marc Bulger $3.8 million to serve as Joe Flacco’s understudy, they’ll be all over T.O. if Anquan Boldin or Derrick Mason suffer a knee injury early in camp.  If, that is, Owens is still available.

Steelers:  Believe it or not, some within the organization have at least pondered the possibility of Owens serving as a one-year transition from Santonio Holmes.  Still, it would be a shock if the Steelers would pull the trigger. 

Titans:  He’d be a great complement to Chris Johnson; the challenge would be finding a way to click with Vince Young.  (Maybe a shirtless, all-male tequila party would do the trick.)

Bears:  The recent desperation they’ve displayed suggests that they should be interested, but if they were they’d already have him under contract.  Desperation, however, can cause a team to make a move like this one at any given moment.

Jets:  Santonio Holmes will be suspended four games to start the season, and the Jets currently are in the business of rounding up recognizable names.  Owens may be willing to take a lot less money if it means playing for a high-profile team that could help launch an acting career — if he can find a way into the spotlight with guys like Braylon Edwards and Jason Taylor having similar aspirations.  It’s possible that the Jets are laying in the weeds until the restrictions of the Final Eight Plan lift on July 24.

Falcons:  They’ve rebuffed Owens in the past, but the desire to overtake the Saints could cause the folks in Atlanta to at least ponder the possibility of selling their souls.

Colts:  Reggie Wayne isn’t happy, Anthony Gonzalez is still hurt, and Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie arguably are only as good as Peyton Manning can make them appear to be.  So the Colts are another Final Eight team that could be quietly lurking — especially if Manning is privately lobbying for another weapon.  Few quarterbacks can consistently contain and control T.O.  Manning is one who could.

Still, at this point no one knows where this one is heading.  Last year, the emergence of the Bills came as a surprise.  We’ve got a feeling that the final destination for Owens in 2010 will be raise eyebrows once again.

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59 Responses to “T.O. possibilities dwindling, but optimism remains”
  1. cf says: Jul 20, 2010 10:13 AM

    Why are the jags not part of the discussion here…they need reciever help…they need media attention other then the fact they will either be in la or london in 2013, and they need some sort of boost for ticket sales/jersey sales. Im not sure why the colts are on this list…they are deeper at WR then they have ever been. Reggie wont hold out, its not his style. He will show up on time at camp in some sort of costume or something as he always does. Gonzolas will be 100% by the time the season starts.

  2. stiller43 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:14 AM

    What, did you essentially “plagiarize” your own sportingnews.com article? You already posted that you wrote this!
    You really double-dipped for more info to the masses?

  3. mattgso says: Jul 20, 2010 10:15 AM

    Oakland… where football careers go to die.

  4. Outfoxed says: Jul 20, 2010 10:19 AM

    Just for the record. I am not interested in TO’s services either.

  5. Ryan_Mack says: Jul 20, 2010 10:20 AM

    I am surprised to find the Jags aren’t on your list.
    They have a complete lack of any playmakers outside of MJD. Mike Sims-Walker had a good start to the season but was quickly shut down once defenses had time to zone in on him.
    They could benefit from his “hype” much like Buffalo did and could possibly lead to a few more ticket sales.
    Still a bad decision if he does. He would eat Garrard alive.

  6. Tree13 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:21 AM

    I would really appreciate it if this discussion can focus on what an asshat/jackwagon Drew Rosenhaus is.

  7. HooskerDo says: Jul 20, 2010 10:22 AM

    I almost rather hear a Tebow story then another T.O. story.

  8. Who is Mike Jones says: Jul 20, 2010 10:22 AM

    It’s time for T.O. to eat some humble pie! It’s apparent from his one year run in Buffalo that he lost a step. Everyone knows he can’t catch. No one wants a T.O. headache…

  9. numberfour says: Jul 20, 2010 10:24 AM

    detroit lie-downs

  10. lars thorwald says: Jul 20, 2010 10:26 AM

    He’s old. He’s a pain in then butt. When he was young, he was good enough to get away with it. Now he’s not. Even Buffalo no longer wants him.
    Have fun in the UFL………

  11. GreenAsGrass says: Jul 20, 2010 10:28 AM

    T.O. stands for Too Old. Not a chance in the world he gets any real money, he got lucky with Bills last year they were desperate.
    Best case scenario for TO is, well, um there isn’t any. He will be serving me fries at Wendy’s drive-thru this October.

  12. jj jones says: Jul 20, 2010 10:30 AM

    Why would the Jaguars be interested? T.O. is a proven distraction/assclown on the downside of his career. The Jaguars have spent the last year and a half flushing the distractions down the toilet. And they are trying to develop two solid young receivers in Mike Thomas and Jarrett Dillard.
    And why does anybody honestly think T.O. would sell tickets at this point in his career?

  13. rickah8888 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:32 AM

    Who is this T.O. character?? Has he even been relevant during the last 5 years?

  14. Faithful209 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:32 AM

    Yesterday, D-Bruce on KNBR’s sister station (KNBR 1050) in the Bay spent most of his show convincing Niners fans that we need to sign T.O. I admit, at first I hated the idea, but he made a real compelling argument. With diminshed talent, he has a diminished attitude. Put him on a real short leash. Keep him on the opposite side of the locker room from Crabtree. Most of all, have Coach Sing keep a close eye on him. Sign him for one year, cut him mid-season if he tries ANY BS. With Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Josh Morgan, and Terrell Owens, their offense would be scary. (If Alex can get them the ball!) I don’t think it’s the worst idea ever. He’s not what he once was, but he’d be killer in the slot with Crabtree, Davis, and Gore.

  15. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:32 AM

    what excatly was so desparate about the bears signing the best defensive lineman available in free agency in peppers?maybe they paid to much in your opinion but they had needs and fixed them with his sigining and that of the other 2 free agents they got.as for the signing of martz how is getting the best offensive coach available desparate?they may have interviewed other candidates but did they offer them the job?since when is exploring all options then going with who you think is best desparate?and as for them signing t.o. why would they want to slow the growth of the fast young recievers they have by signing a guy who has lost a step or 2,is not a fit for the system they run and more importantly has proven more than once to be a locker room disruption?keep doubting all you want but the bears will be a better team this year and could be a great one if smith allows martz to run the offense his way.and by that I mean by scoring as many points as they can, not just getting a lead then going into his get off the bus running mode and hoping the defense can stop the other team the rest of the game.

  16. BDiddy says: Jul 20, 2010 10:33 AM

    New England

  17. Faithful209 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:34 AM

    Also… My conspiracy theory: Last week, when Drew Rosenhaus was in Santa Clara, maybe he wasn’t there talking about Anthony Davis. Maybe the conversation was about T.O…..

  18. QJ1984 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:36 AM

    LOL@ T.O. to Baltimore. The Ravens had a gapping hole at wr, they hate to trade draft picks, and yet they opted to give up multiple draft picks to acquire Boldin, instead of going after a free T.O. Infact they needed T.O, when he was available before last season and they still didnt pursue him.
    The fact that they paid so much money for Bulger only drains any extra money they would have had available to go after T.O. So, I really dont understand that logic.
    Not to mention Harbaugh was in Philly when T.O. destroyed that locker room. T.O. accused Ozzie of being a racist in a book, AND when asked about Owens, Flacco and the teams owner Biscotti gave a little less than a ringing endorsement of bringing the guy in.
    Continue to create stories as you wish but Owens to Baltimore is on permenant stand by.

  19. Michael says: Jul 20, 2010 10:36 AM

    Denver.
    I don’t think anyone will sign him until after the first game of the year, so that his salary is not fully guaranteed. That way, the team can cut him with no ramifications if it doesn’t work out.

  20. cleanface says: Jul 20, 2010 10:37 AM

    Florio- You have a better chance of making an NFL Roster than TO does of signing with the Colts.

  21. Ollie says: Jul 20, 2010 10:37 AM

    I am a die hard Steeler fan, but I would be totally turned off if the Steelers picked up this jerk. He is not right in the head. I would not want him on my team, even if every one of our receivers went down with a injury. He didn’t work out in S.F, Dallas, Philly, or Buffalo. I hope the Steelers are smart enough to stay clear of this self centered, callow, cry baby!

  22. 8man says: Jul 20, 2010 10:42 AM

    He will be in uniform this season. I don’t know where, but he will play.
    As much of a headache as he is, he still has game. And injuries happen. He’ll play and he’ll get paid.

  23. jj jones says: Jul 20, 2010 10:47 AM

    “8man says:
    July 20, 2010 10:42 AM
    He will be in uniform this season. I don’t know where, but he will play.”
    I will say it again. Vick to T.O. in Norfolk.
    Head cheerleader – Jamie Dukes

  24. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2010 10:48 AM

    Tree13 says:
    July 20, 2010 10:21 AM
    I would really appreciate it if this discussion can focus on what an asshat/jackwagon Drew Rosenhaus is.
    =================
    Asshat and jackwagon are phenomenal insults. They are so weird I think they are actually more insulting than their more popular variations. I plan to use both regularly.
    Seriously, though, TO is one popped-ACL or snapped achilles away from getting a job. He won’t be getting 5 million from anyone, but he’ll land somewhere.

  25. cf says: Jul 20, 2010 10:55 AM

    Hey Ollie its not like he is raping women…..hes not a criminal, hes just a diva. The jags have no talent at WR.

  26. TheOne says: Jul 20, 2010 10:59 AM

    I would love to see T.O. catch passes from Manning, that would be so great. I love T.O. and I hope he lands on a good team (well any team better then the Bills). If I had my choice for him I would pick Colts, Titans, Pitt, Ravens, Falcons in that order. Jets do not have a good passing game at all Sanchez blows.

  27. dachshund says: Jul 20, 2010 11:00 AM

    stick a fork in him…

  28. Wellsee says: Jul 20, 2010 11:01 AM

    I’d love to see Manning and Owens try to work together. I’m not a fan of either, but just think it would be interesting.

  29. Great Falconi says: Jul 20, 2010 11:09 AM

    T.O. is 36.
    He is finished.

  30. thatswhatshesaid says: Jul 20, 2010 11:14 AM

    go to cincy

  31. jj jones says: Jul 20, 2010 11:19 AM

    “cf says:
    The jags have no talent at WR.”
    Mike Sims-Walker > T.O.

  32. TonyRandazzo says: Jul 20, 2010 11:22 AM

    The trend seems to be “someone” floats a rumor that a team may be looking at TO, then the team’s GM or coach quickly shoots it down. We all know Florio hates TO so, he floats a rumor on every team just to have every team say no.
    TO may be a jerk but its sports and entertainment, there are guys who i can think of who broke the law, some resulting in deaths that should be more of a target than TO. Let me guess Rickey Henderson was bad for baseball too?

  33. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2010 11:31 AM

    cf says:
    July 20, 2010 10:55 AM
    Hey Ollie its not like he is raping women…..hes not a criminal, hes just a diva. The jags have no talent at WR.
    ================
    I heard one of the ex-jocks on NFL Live yesterday afternoon (can’t remember which, sorry) say that teams are more likely to take a chance on guys that have criminal records than guys with bad locker-room reputations. The logic being that ex-cons are not necessarily going to hurt team chemistry like someone who is considered a cancer in the locker room.
    Can’t say I am particularly comfortable with that line of thinking, but I can understand it.

  34. BenRapistberger says: Jul 20, 2010 11:32 AM

    We need a Tebow story, it’s been WAY too long.

  35. Halasfan says: Jul 20, 2010 11:34 AM

    You should go ahead and make a case for the rest of the teams. That way no matter where he goes you can say you were right….. Like Eagles might take him, he did really well there and it turns out the problems was McNabb…..
    I just wish T.O. would shoot himself in the leg at a night club and retire already.

  36. PhD says: Jul 20, 2010 11:39 AM

    +1 That he will eventually land someplace. It’s inevitable.

  37. Pistol says: Jul 20, 2010 11:39 AM

    Hey, there’s always the Omaha Nighthawks!

  38. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2010 11:41 AM

    TonyRandazzo says:
    July 20, 2010 11:22 AM
    TO may be a jerk but its sports and entertainment, there are guys who i can think of who broke the law, some resulting in deaths that should be more of a target than TO. Let me guess Rickey Henderson was bad for baseball too?
    =======================
    Rickey Henderson was a jerk to the media and maybe upper management, but was actually extremely popular in every club house he was ever in.
    Plus, like it or not, teams are more worried about guys who are locker room cancers than guys with criminal records. That’s why a guy like Donte Stallworth, who did what we all know he did, but is considered to be a good guy and a great teammate has a job and a guy like TO, with no criminal record, and alot more talent than DS but is a terrible influence in the locker room does not.
    Not saying that’s fair or unfair, that’s just the way it is. Owners are going to protect their businesses.

  39. NE49ers says: Jul 20, 2010 11:43 AM

    Falcons selling their souls? Way to be objective Florio

  40. cf says: Jul 20, 2010 11:51 AM

    I heard one of the ex-jocks on NFL Live yesterday afternoon (can’t remember which, sorry) say that teams are more likely to take a chance on guys that have criminal records than guys with bad locker-room reputations. The logic being that ex-cons are not necessarily going to hurt team chemistry like someone who is considered a cancer in the locker room.
    Can’t say I am particularly comfortable with that line of thinking, but I can understand it.
    I heard the same line of reasoning on espn radio yesterday and i cant say i disagree….i was mostly taking oportunity to throw alittle big ben into the equation

  41. ejtowne says: Jul 20, 2010 11:57 AM

    Great Falconi says:
    July 20, 2010 11:09 AM
    T.O. is 36.
    He is finished.
    Even at 36, T.O. is still in better shape than most NFL receivers. Hell, I would be willing to bet that he can keep up with 90% of them too. Quit bagging on the guy. All you T.O. haters fell right into what the media wanted you to: That Owens is a crybaby, untreatable cancer, a team destroyer and even selfish. The guy is none of the above. He was first class when he was in Buffalo.

  42. PurpleNGold says: Jul 20, 2010 11:58 AM

    The Patriots would be scary with T.O. and Randy.

  43. mattgso says: Jul 20, 2010 12:05 PM

    cleanface says:
    July 20, 2010 10:37 AM
    Florio- You have a better chance of making an NFL Roster than TO does of signing with the Colts.
    ——————————————
    now that was funny.

  44. Pistol says: Jul 20, 2010 12:05 PM

    PurpleNGold says:
    July 20, 2010 11:58 AM
    The Patriots would be scary with T.O. and Randy.
    ————————–
    Yes they would be. If this was 2003.

  45. Who is Mike Jones says: Jul 20, 2010 12:09 PM

    Will anyone else say it? T.O. can’t catch the football. Do you need to catch to play that position in football???

  46. clint_taurus says: Jul 20, 2010 12:12 PM

    PurpleNGold says:
    July 20, 2010 11:58 AM
    The Patriots would be scary with T.O. and Randy.
    this would have been true 3 years ago, not so much now…both are still talented but can be dealt with

  47. BrudLee says: Jul 20, 2010 12:16 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos take a flyer on him. While it would appear they have tried to staff the roster with “character guys”, McDaniels may have inherited the “I can handle idiots” gene from Belicheck. The people he’s purged have always been problems he’s inherited.

  48. MagicMan407 says: Jul 20, 2010 12:24 PM

    The Redskins need a number 1 receiver bad, but its hard to imagine them picking up T.O even if he is still capable of being of putting up decent numbers. But, if nothing happens and the 2008 draft picks don’t look good in during camp then I think he will end up on the Skins. Unless of course Vincent Jackson becomes available I could see them throwing a 2nd at Jackson with an additional pick to lock him up.

  49. Popeye says: Jul 20, 2010 12:30 PM

    Manning cant control T.O…he let Reggie Wayne punch himin the face and Mike Vandershank run his mouth all the time…..T,O is going to the Cardinals

  50. frankyd1214 says: Jul 20, 2010 12:33 PM

    ejtowne says: Even at 36, T.O. is still in better shape than most NFL receivers. Hell, I would be willing to bet that he can keep up with 90% of them too. Quit bagging on the guy. All you T.O. haters fell right into what the media wanted you to: That Owens is a crybaby, untreatable cancer, a team destroyer and even selfish. The guy is none of the above. He was first class when he was in Buffalo.
    wow get TO’s nutsac outta u’r mouth. he’s a has been.

  51. NE49ers says: Jul 20, 2010 1:00 PM

    T.O. is a locker room cancer but when you talk to a lot of his ex-teammates, they love the guy.

  52. JSpicoli says: Jul 20, 2010 1:08 PM

    I thought the Raiders were the odds on favorite there Carnack?
    Did you finally realize you are huffing glue?

  53. VaBthang4 says: Jul 20, 2010 1:25 PM

    T.O. a possibility for the Indianapolis Colts?
    Florio, you really dont get that team do you? -grin-
    T.O. on his best day and in his finest hour, is NEVER signed by the Indianapolis Colts.
    We all have our problem children…but by and large the rule in Indy is…
    C.H.A.R.A.C.T.E.R.
    …your boy has none (and that is a proven fact).

  54. prophet of the light says: Jul 20, 2010 1:30 PM

    He can go play for the Jets so the real #81 can thrash him again.

  55. TheToolofTools says: Jul 20, 2010 1:55 PM

    This should be must reading for players who like to run their mouths.
    Who would have thought T.O. would be walking around the NFL like a street beggar looking for a handout and nobody’s dropping anything in his cup?
    This is called what comes around, goes around.
    Great athlete, but more trouble then he’s worth because he’s a divider, not a uniter.

  56. Complete Fan says: Jul 20, 2010 3:01 PM

    Argonauts: Would blow by any cornerback in the league. Cleo Lemon adjusting faster than anyone expected. Thought he was joining ‘North America’s Team’ last season but needed to go just a bit more north. Wouldn’t be first person to steal popcorn in the end zone during a touchdown celebration.

  57. TheToolofTools says: Jul 20, 2010 6:04 PM

    ejtowne
    “All you T.O. haters fell right into what the media wanted you to: That Owens is a crybaby, untreatable cancer, a team destroyer and even selfish. The guy is none of the above. He was first class when he was in Buffalo”.
    Hey
    Strap On
    Why didn’t he Buffalo resign him then if he was so first class?
    Facts are facts, it’s not hating if it’s the truth.
    T.O. was never going to win Miss Congeniality in any beauty pageant and the fact he’s been with 4 teams and they all let him walk away speaks volumes.
    Don’t get hate confused with facts.
    The media is only informing and not leading us down any road.
    Draw your own delusion.

  58. Siggy00 says: Jul 20, 2010 8:04 PM

    If the Steelers have put up with Ward’s mouth they certainly can handle TO’s.

  59. gotsix? says: Jul 20, 2010 11:48 PM

    Gay as a frenchhorn…how can you tell the world you want to be an interior decorator and than go look for a job in the house of pain. What did he expect

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