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Agent: T.O. isn’t retiring

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We wrote this morning that we’d be surprised if Terrell Owens didn’t try to come back from his torn ACL.   By noon, his agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed it.

Rosenhaus told the Associated Press there has been no retirement talk despite a report that Owens told many people he was considering it.  (The denial is to be expected.)  Rosenhaus also revealed that the torn ACL occurred in early April on his left knee, although it’s somewhat unclear when he had surgery.

The most surprising statement: “Terrell Owens will be ready and playing at the start of the season,” Rosenhaus said.

We know T.O. showed amazing recovery skills before the Super Bowl against New England, but that timeline sounds almost impossible. Even if Owens was able to run routes again, he’d have to find a team confident enough in him to sign him before Week One.

If Owens does return to the NFL, it makes sense to sign him after the opener when contracts are no longer guaranteed for the season.

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41 Responses to “Agent: T.O. isn’t retiring”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jun 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    Stale popcorn.

  2. hobartbaker says: Jun 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    Terrel is not the retiring sort.

  3. drgfri says: Jun 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    and Agent says: Rex Ryan isn’t into feet anymore

  4. tdurk34 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:12 PM

    …but he should!!!

  5. 4evrnyt says: Jun 28, 2011 1:19 PM

    Well here’s the kicker, it doesn’t matter what T.O. or his agent say. T.O. barely got a team to sign him when he was healthy. Now’s he’s gonna be 38, coming off an injury and still known as a huge distraction.

    Owens is absolutely done in the NFL.

  6. FinFan68 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    This guy lies so much it is as if he believes it is tru simply because he said it. I understand that agents need to present their clients in the best possible light but there comes a time when his obvious embellishments start to impact his ability to represent his other clients. If GMs know he is lying about this, then they can assume he is doing the same for others.

  7. harrystamper41 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:27 PM

    with the age baggage and injuries, any team in the league that even pays this guy league minimum deserves to be moved to london as a punishment

  8. rajbais says: Jun 28, 2011 1:29 PM

    Must be the money! Must be the money!

  9. dafranchize says: Jun 28, 2011 1:29 PM

    Next question!

  10. lacharger2112 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:35 PM

    I would rather have T.O. play for one more season and have Rosenhous retire!
    You hurt the game Azzhole!

  11. kidmetroid says: Jun 28, 2011 1:35 PM

    He’ll be fortunate if he can bend his knee halfway by the start of the regular season…

  12. writtenbyross says: Jun 28, 2011 1:39 PM

    The only injury that could end TO’s career would be jaw-related. Any other retirement purpose would be age or loss-of-talent related. His mouth and the attention it brings has kept him in the league for years.

  13. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:40 PM

    Get your popcorn ready! T.O. is still better then a majority of the receivers in the NFL. I’m sure the Rams will take him.

  14. telergy says: Jun 28, 2011 1:50 PM

    9tds 983yards at 37 yrs old. HE CAN STILL PLAY

  15. ryanclark25 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:51 PM

    ridiculous/stupid/distracting/any other adjective antics? yes….however, top class receiver? yes. didnt throw away all his money? yes. Kept himself in proper shape all his career? yes. proved critics wrong (eg he was meant to be done before his bengals stint yet was one of the more productive wrs in 2010)? yes. Most important of all, had a hell of a lot of fun doing what he loves since 1996? hell yes. I don’t care what the haters say the game is better with him in it and he has been some player. A flawed genius….long live T.O!! hope to see him in 2011 again!

  16. rrrrllllbbbb says: Jun 28, 2011 1:53 PM

    T.O. needs to go away. Sell used cars for a living!

  17. joemcrugby says: Jun 28, 2011 1:53 PM

    C’mon people. Lay off Drew!!

    Everybody knows that TO has magic ligaments. He’ll be ready to go 5 months after his ACL reconstruction!!!

    ;-)

  18. boblavoie says: Jun 28, 2011 1:54 PM

    TO:
    Do us all a favor and retire – along with your buddy Och0. Two less clowns in the circus would a blessing.

  19. doe22us says: Jun 28, 2011 1:55 PM

    Rosenhaus will sell snow to a snow man and convince him that he needs it

  20. pacificamjr says: Jun 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    why would anybody want this clown on their squad?

    plenty of other options that are younger, faster and more versatile– ie can play special teams, and arent a cancer in the locker room.

    The Player is DONE

  21. ac0117 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    We get that Rex Ryan has a foot fetish. Do people really need to comment about it on every article?

  22. schmitty2 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:22 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Jun 28, 2011 1:40 PM
    Get your popcorn ready! T.O. is still better then a majority of the receivers in the NFL. I’m sure the Rams will take him.

    Being a Ram’s fan..no way!! Are you saying the Raven WR’s are that much better than the Rams WR’s?

  23. mattsffrd says: Jun 28, 2011 2:31 PM

    T.O. isn’t done, but his ACL is

  24. sj39 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:34 PM

    aco117, could not agree more (and all the other same old lame, no longer funny comments). I realize a lot of these knuckleheads have no interest in commenting about football but the could at least get some new material or stop taking up bandwidth.

  25. txhc says: Jun 28, 2011 2:43 PM

    “kidmetroid says:
    Jun 28, 2011 1:35 PM
    He’ll be fortunate if he can bend his knee halfway by the start of the regular season…”

    If anybody can do it it’s T.O. Yeah, he may get on people’s nerves but there is no doubting his physicality and work ethic. If he’s not ready to go by the beginning of the season he’ll bust his ass trying.

  26. mjkelly77 says: Jun 28, 2011 2:58 PM

    Rosenhaus still isn’t done taking money from T.O. yet

  27. Soulman45 says: Jun 28, 2011 3:03 PM

    He can always go to the cowgirls they need help all over the place a team that can’t make the playoff after saying they was going to the Super Bowl last year and play at home Geeeee!!!!!

    And their fans think they are great they need help all so.

  28. abengalfan says: Jun 28, 2011 3:11 PM

    He still needs the sugery to correct his alligator arms.

  29. granadafan says: Jun 28, 2011 4:10 PM

    How do know an agent is lying? His lips are moving. Rosenhaus has lost any sort of respect.

  30. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 28, 2011 5:01 PM

    @schmitty2

    yeah i feel very comfortable in saying the Ravens WRs are much better than the Rams. Anquan Boldin had a down year, and Mason is getting old. but With Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss added to Boldin and Mason . yeah the Ravens WR unit is solid. last year, before he got injured, your best WR was Mark Clayton. He was 3rd on our depth chart. You guys need a WR, we don’t.

  31. beretta96d says: Jun 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    Ready for week 1!!!!

    Sounds like HGH.

  32. 4512dawg4512 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:08 PM

    For years people have been saying T.O is finished only to be proven wrong season after season. I wonder if he’s ever going to get tired of proving people wrong. I’d love to have him on my team

  33. schmitty2 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:13 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Jun 28, 2011 5:01 PM
    @schmitty2

    yeah i feel very comfortable in saying the Ravens WRs are much better than the Rams. Anquan Boldin had a down year, and Mason is getting old. but With Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss added to Boldin and Mason . yeah the Ravens WR unit is solid. last year, before he got injured, your best WR was Mark Clayton. He was 3rd on our depth chart. You guys need a WR, we don’t

    Boldin-64 catches 837 yards 7 td’s
    Mason-61 catches 802 yards 7 td’s

    Amendola-85 catches 689 yards 3 td’s (playing in the slot)
    Brandon Gibson-53 catches 620 yards 2 td’s (playing part time)

    As far as Clayton-23 catches 306 yards and 2 td’s in just over 4 full games- over a full year that equals 92 catches 1224 yards 8 td’s. And please dont include talking about rookies who havent even played a down yet.

  34. nightrainlane says: Jun 28, 2011 6:57 PM

    Anyone have any details on what surgery he had ? If it’s ACL reconstruction he’s going to have a tough time coming back in time for the season opener (provided there is one) . Not saying he can’t do it, just that he’ll have his work cut out for him and he needs someone to give him a chance. So, who will give a 38 year old loud mouth with gator arms and skillet hands a chance ?

  35. dg0122 says: Jun 28, 2011 7:14 PM

    Drew’s lips were moving so I’m pretty sure he was lying

  36. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 28, 2011 7:49 PM

    @schmitty2

    Ok without the rookies i’ll take Boldin and Mason over Amendola and Gibson any day. isn’t it sad that your slot receiver had more yards than any other receiver on your team. and your top receiver still had 150 yards less than Boldin in one of the worst years Boldin has ever had. and yeah if Clayton would’ve stayed in the whole year and put up 1200 yards then i would say you guys are fine at receiver. but he didn’t. another question is if your two top WRs from last year were your slot and a part time player, why weren’t they the number 1 and 2? Amendola and Gibson had ok years considering how young they are, but why wouldn’t you want T.O. to go with them?

    T.O. put up 983 yards and 9 touchdowns. why wouldn’t you want him? your team has one of the worst WR corps in the NFL. you guys need help. it’s ok to admit it. the Ravens were there a couple of years ago. you can fix the problem.

    But i think any sensible football fan who isn’t bias is going to take Boldin and Mason over Amendola and Gibson any day. and not to mention we still have todd heap and Ed Dickson, who showed potential last year. any football fan who knows what they are talking about would say the Ravens have a better set of WRs then the Rams.

  37. schmitty2 says: Jun 28, 2011 9:13 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Jun 28, 2011 7:49 PM
    @schmitty2

    Ok without the rookies i’ll take Boldin and Mason over Amendola and Gibson any day. isn’t it sad that your slot receiver had more yards than any other receiver on your team. and your top receiver still had 150 yards less than Boldin in one of the worst years Boldin has ever had. and yeah if Clayton would’ve stayed in the whole year and put up 1200 yards then i would say you guys are fine at receiver. but he didn’t. another question is if your two top WRs from last year were your slot and a part time player, why weren’t they the number 1 and 2? Amendola and Gibson had ok years considering how young they are, but why wouldn’t you want T.O. to go with them?

    T.O. put up 983 yards and 9 touchdowns. why wouldn’t you want him? your team has one of the worst WR corps in the NFL. you guys need help. it’s ok to admit it. the Ravens were there a couple of years ago. you can fix the problem.

    But i think any sensible football fan who isn’t bias is going to take Boldin and Mason over Amendola and Gibson any day. and not to mention we still have todd heap and Ed Dickson, who showed potential last year. any football fan who knows what they are talking about would say the Ravens have a better set of WRs then the Rams.

    Any football fan that knows what they are talking about would know that a young improved team like the Rams would not want a 37 y/o coming off ACL surgery with a LONG history of being a team cancer on their team. You can talk smack about the Rams receivers all you want but look at the facts..Amendola and Gibson put up those totals with a ROOKIE QB and they aren’t even in the primes of their careers. Boldin..your supposed number 1 wr had basically the same stats as your 37 y’o number 2 with a 3 year vet qb throwing to them. I’m not knocking them and saying their no good..just saying I dont think the difference in WR talent is as much as you think

  38. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:29 PM

    @schmitty2

    I think there is a huge difference. Boldin was on a new team with a new QB and in a new system and he still put up pretty good numbers. next year he’ll have over 1,000 yds. and i’m just saying in a weak division i would add a veteran WR like T.O. that can put up almost 1,000 yards, considering your defense is improving, Steven Jackson is still playing pretty great, and Sam Bradford is showing a lot of upside and potential the only real weak point on your team is WR. With T.O. coming in late in the season you guys can get into the playoffs and might be able to win a game in the playoffs. he’s only seems to be a cancer when he plays for teams with crappy QBs, with the exception of the Eagles. he didn’t say anything in Buffalo or Cincy. he’s not been a cancer lately. If you can get him for cheap if no one else wants him i would take him.

    If you guys don’t get him you need to go for Randy or Plaxico or some other veteran receiver.

  39. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:29 PM

    and honestly last year i was hoping the Ravens would sign T.O. but the Bengals got him.

  40. 4512dawg4512 says: Jun 28, 2011 11:15 PM

    You know its funny, everyone talking about stats. The bottom line is that you know T.O is going to put up 1,000 yards and probably double digit touchdowns. He hasn’t been a “cancer” or a “distraction” since the Eagles stiffed him on his contract. The guy keeps himself in better shape than most receivers that are in their 20’s. He doesn’t quit on plays, doesn’t quit on games, doesn’t quit on seasons. I’m a Browns fan and I want this guy on my team, and deep down inside you know want him on your team too

  41. txhc says: Jun 29, 2011 9:53 AM

    schmitty2, speaking as a Cowboys fan I can honestly say he helped our young receivers (and Tony Romo for that matter) more than he hurt them. Look at Miles Austin if you need proof. The Rams would actually probably be a pretty good situation for him on a short deal. Having Bradford throwing to him would be a pretty deadly combination if the O-line can keep him on his feet long enough, and the learning experience your young receivers would get from playing with him and learning how to prepare for games would be invaluable. I would totally advocate you guys going after him. He was a perfectly behaved saint up until about the last month or so he was here (and it still isn’t 100% clear what exactly happened).

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