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Report says T.O. is considering retirement, Rosenhaus says “premature” to say Owens is done

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It would be a surprise if Terrell Owens wasn’t at least considering retirement following news that he tore his ACL this offseason.

That’s exactly what Owens is doing, according to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, who reports that T.O. has told “several people” he’s thinking about hanging them up.

Freeman expects Owens to take a different stance publicly, saying that no decision has been made.  That’s the tact Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus took Tuesday morning on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM, saying it was “premature” to talk about T.O. being done.

“At some point I’m going to have a statement on [Owens],” Rosenhaus said via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Even though Owens has talked about retirement, Freeman expects him to try to make a comeback.  So do we.

T.O. is one of the most physically dominant wide receivers of all time.  He’s no longer in his prime, but showed last year he still has the tools to contribute at a high level. He’s been rather durable as a pro and recovered amazingly quickly to play in the Super Bowl with the Eagles.

Does that mean a team will want to sign Owens in November or December for a playoff push if he’s ready?  Not necessarily, but Owens loves staying in the headlines and he can’t do that just by calling it quits.

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28 Responses to “Report says T.O. is considering retirement, Rosenhaus says “premature” to say Owens is done”
  1. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 28, 2011 9:22 AM

    TO is a great possession receiver when he wants to be. He could be a fantastic 3rd guy in the redzone but he doesn’t want that role. He and Ochostinko value themselves way more than anyone else and as a result they wont accept anything other than a #1 role.

  2. skoobyfl says: Jun 28, 2011 9:26 AM

    He had a outside chance of making a roster, this injury seals the deal.

  3. joetoronto says: Jun 28, 2011 9:32 AM

    Bouya!

    One less diva to deal with, no matter how you slice it.

  4. umbskinsfan says: Jun 28, 2011 9:32 AM

    if joey galloway is still technically active…

  5. abninf says: Jun 28, 2011 9:35 AM

    “Freeman expects him to try to make a comeback”

    A comeback?

  6. polegojim says: Jun 28, 2011 9:36 AM

    Please retire TO – and take Ochocinco with you.

    Then you can both invest ALL your time in the talk show and create more headlines there.

  7. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 28, 2011 9:41 AM

    I could easily see a team like the Jets, Pats, or Raiders signing T.O. if they have the need later in the season.

    It’s not as big a risk if he’s only there for a few games and the playoffs.

  8. karlpilkington says: Jun 28, 2011 9:43 AM

    Good lord Rosendouche, leave the man alone. Let him retire if he wants. Stop thinking about lining YOUR pockets with HIS money. I have always hated TO most when he was with Dallas. Seems like a good guy and you can not deny the things he has done on the field.

  9. bigbeefyd says: Jun 28, 2011 9:44 AM

    “But I need that commission money”, Rosenhaus sobbed.

  10. lacharger2112 says: Jun 28, 2011 9:45 AM

    If he is out the entire 2011 season, I hope he just retires. I hate watching pro athletes (way past their prime) trying to make it one more year and becoming an embarrassment to themselves and to the team that mistakenly tried to profit off their name more than their abilities.
    Retire while the popcorn still tastes good!

  11. jarobinewsome says: Jun 28, 2011 9:51 AM

    It’s a shame that T.O. does not get the props that he deserves. He is the most dominant receiver of his era. He is second all-time on many lists…he is entertaining and a hard worker. Should be a first ballot Hall of Famer…

  12. jkearse2005 says: Jun 28, 2011 9:51 AM

    one of the best ever when he keeps his mouth shut and plays …. g/l on a quick recovery and hope to see him on the field next year

  13. laeaglefan says: Jun 28, 2011 10:11 AM

    This ACL injury ruins his chances to compete on “Dancing With The Stars” this year. Maybe next year?

  14. ac0117 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:12 AM

    “…but showed last year he still has the tools to contribute at a high level. ”

    Really? From what I’ve seen he’s been playing like he’s retired for the last 2 yrs.

  15. medtxpack says: Jun 28, 2011 10:39 AM

    oh whoops i though he already retired,…..i guess he jsut quit on the field….

  16. txhc says: Jun 28, 2011 10:50 AM

    “ac0117 says:
    Jun 28, 2011 10:12 AM

    Really? From what I’ve seen he’s been playing like he’s retired for the last 2 yrs.”

    This makes no sense. Basically 1,000 yds last year on the freaking Bungles with Carson Palmer as his QB and over 800 yards the year before on the god awful Bills with literally no NFL caliber QB. The guy is still averaging about 14 yards per carry which is right around his career average. So I don’t know what you’ve been watching.

  17. lannister1 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    First Ballot HOFer without question

    His antics will hurt his legacy, but you cannot ignore the stat sheet.

  18. calmdownsir says: Jun 28, 2011 10:57 AM

    T.O. annoyed me as much as anyone. But he’s the kind of athlete that, in retrospect, you will miss because in the big picture it’s all about witnessing greatness and being entertained.

  19. chatham10 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:58 AM

    Sports Talk shows must be hurting if they are putting Drew Rosenhaus on the air, how can anyone believe a thing this guy says. He is smart and he is rich and he is also full of BS.

  20. scytherius says: Jun 28, 2011 11:19 AM

    I don’t care about a player’s personality unless it disrupts a team. T.O. doesn’t like Ochocinco. But T.O. is just not that good a player anymore. He is pass dropper extraordinaire.

  21. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 28, 2011 11:21 AM

    Football is better with T.O. He’s also such a health/physical fitness freak that when he does heal from the ACL surgery, who in their right mind would say that he couldn’t get in shape to play again?

  22. ac0117 says: Jun 28, 2011 11:26 AM

    “This makes no sense. Basically 1,000 yds last year on the freaking Bungles with Carson Palmer as his QB and over 800 yards the year before on the god awful Bills with literally no NFL caliber QB. The guy is still averaging about 14 yards per carry which is right around his career average. So I don’t know what you’ve been watching.”

    What about all his dropped passes? Anybody can put up stats when they are force fed the ball like he was on the Bills 2 years ago. My point wasn’t that he can’t play anymore, but that he doesn’t seem to be mentally and emotionally invested the way he was in his prime. He is whoring himself out now trying to stockpile some cash before he retires.

  23. pacificamjr says: Jun 28, 2011 11:32 AM

    nobody wants The Player

  24. upperdecker19 says: Jun 28, 2011 11:43 AM

    How fitting. A career ending injury on a stupid reality show. Talk about karma. I feel much better about throwing up in the Super Bowl.

    Regards,
    #5

  25. philyeagles5 says: Jun 28, 2011 12:49 PM

    “What about all his dropped passes? Anybody can put up stats when they are force fed the ball like he was on the Bills 2 years ago. My point wasn’t that he can’t play anymore, but that he doesn’t seem to be mentally and emotionally invested the way he was in his prime. He is whoring himself out now trying to stockpile some cash before he retires.”

    force fed? he had 55 receptions…

  26. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 28, 2011 2:31 PM

    T.O. had 978 yards and 9 td’s in 13 games last season. But Ocho was still taking the double coverage. T.O. still has it, but not as a # 1 receiver anymore.

  27. mjkelly77 says: Jun 28, 2011 3:00 PM

    T.O. can’t retire. Rosenhaus still has some boat payments to make. He’s counting on T.O.

  28. goforthanddie says: Jun 28, 2011 3:43 PM

    The UFL is hiring…

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