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T.O. moves closer to 100 percent

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Unlike receiver Randy Moss, receiver Terrell Owens has not retired.  But T.O. has been forgotten in the two-week free-agent free-for-all.

Owens, who tore an ACL in the offseason (possibly while filming his latest reality show), continues to rehab.  We’re told that he’s a couple of weeks away from returning to 100 percent.  If that happens, his recovery would be nothing short of remarkable, in light of his age (37) and the normal rehab requirements for an injury of this nature.

Of course, any interested teams would have the final say on whether Owens truly has reached 100 percent.  And then there’s the question of whether anyone will truly be interested, given his reputation for ripping apart a locker room.

But if — and that could be a big if — he can run like he used to, a team that needs a deep threat who won’t cost a lot of money could give him a look-see.  With the Cardinals hoping to stretch the field and with Moss unlikely to be lured to Arizona, the man who has played for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals could be the answer.

Or maybe Ochocinco will lobby for a Batman-and-Robin sequel in Foxboro.  (That could be the quickest way for Chad to be a former Patriot.)

Either way, Owens could be signed by Week One.  If, and only if, there’s an interested team that concludes his knee has sufficiently healed.

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68 Responses to “T.O. moves closer to 100 percent”
  1. boover3 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:04 AM

    He’s a jerk, but you can’t deny his physical condition and potential to still be an elite receiver. When healthy, he still put up top 20 numbers as a WR.

  2. sprest83 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:05 AM

    He is a beast! Even at 37.

  3. jimr10 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    I think some team is missing the boat that needs a wr. you may not like him but he is one hell of a wr.

  4. favrespeckerpictures says: Aug 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    It would have been interesting to see T.O. in NY……….he would have been a better addition to the Jets than Mason. More entertaining too.

  5. weaponxdawk says: Aug 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    Vick to Terrell!

  6. drmonkeyarmy says: Aug 9, 2011 10:07 AM

    “If he is healthy and a team is interested he will be signed.” Wonderful conclusion….almost as wonderful as the thread yesterday that Chris Johnson wouldn’t report before the 9th….seeing as how it was already the afternoon of the 8th. Brilliant deduction skills.

  7. wetdentist says: Aug 9, 2011 10:08 AM

    maybe the Eagles could use him again if Jeremy Maclin can’t become well again;)

  8. laeaglefan says: Aug 9, 2011 10:08 AM

    The Eagles will be needing a receiver if Maclin can’t play. Maybe Drew Rosenschmuck will pitch his star client while he’s at Lehigh trying to get DeSean Jackson a new contract. The response from Joe Banner will most likely be “Next Question?”.

  9. swervinmervin says: Aug 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    The Raiders were in the running for Ocho, from all reports 2 weeks ago. They lost out on him and havent been mentioned as having any interest in any WRs since. SO im guessing that they will sign TO when the time comes, if he is healthy. We’ll see.

  10. cobrala2 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    You’re told his knee is returning to 100% or his overall conditioning is returning to 100%? There’s a big difference.

  11. rickycubane says: Aug 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    yeah… i just dont know who is left that would take a chance..

  12. inland75 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:10 AM

    I know he’s almost been there several times but I think TO should go to the Ravens. Him and Anquan would be a physically intimidating duo, with the speedsters like Torrey Smith and David Reed in the inside maybe Cotchery. People may kiss his ass because he’s on the Pats now but it was abdundantly clear last year that TO is still the better WR than Ocho at this point.

  13. tatum064 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:14 AM

    Let me translate; “I’ll be completely ready once a contender breaks from the pack, and I’ll come on board to get a ring.”

  14. antalicus says: Aug 9, 2011 10:14 AM

    If he truly is close to 100% then the Vikings need to pick him up. I think he and McNabb get along now and wasn’t there talk last year about McNabb trying to bring him in to Washington?

    The Vikings no longer have a deep threat that can catch.

  15. melonnhead says: Aug 9, 2011 10:17 AM

    The Eagles should sign him.

  16. Slackmo says: Aug 9, 2011 10:18 AM

    He’s going to Minnie to be reunited with BFF McNabb.

  17. riverhorsey says: Aug 9, 2011 10:22 AM

    doesn’t matter how good the guy is when he’s bad for the team.

  18. stockdogdca says: Aug 9, 2011 10:24 AM

    T.O. to Arizona: Fitzgerald on one side & T.O. on the other (provided he shuts his mouth) could be an awesome event !

  19. gcsuk says: Aug 9, 2011 10:24 AM

    Andy Reid has already been down that road. The Eagles, it would seem, would be a VERY dark horse in that race.

    Although, as a Giants fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing him rip apart that locker room again.

  20. nokoolaidcowboy says: Aug 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    Owens is manageable. Just be straight with him. Following him in Dallas, the biggest problem was a weak coach, Wade and a weaker OC, Garrett.

    Even Romo was scared of his mouth. If you are straight up with him he will respect you.

  21. cantonbound13 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    Get your popcorn ready, and your earplugs.

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    Good. I didn’t want to see him LIMP off into the sunset.
    As long as he goes.

  23. sterling7 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:26 AM

    Please no more B.O. er ah I mean T.O., I’ve had enough of his B.S. to last me a dozen lifetimes. The only thing that would make the end of the strike complete is if T. O. would retire and the NFL Network would get rid of Jamie Dukes and Warren Sapp-they’re terrible!

  24. ny82jy says: Aug 9, 2011 10:26 AM

    T.O clearly outplayed and was a better receiver last year than Ocho. The Pats should have waited and saved themselves the money and picks and signed him instead. T.O and Brady would have scared me more than him and Ocho.

  25. jluttrell32 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:26 AM

    Jimmy Smith (Jaguars) retired at 37. I feel that he still had another year or two left to be productive. T.O. is in that same point in his career. We all know how mentally and phisically dedicated he is when it comes to rebounding from injuries. I hope he gets the chance to prove once again.

  26. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 10:27 AM

    We’ve had nearly the entire pre-season period without having to hear much about T.O.

    It was too good to last.

  27. phillyhoosier says: Aug 9, 2011 10:27 AM

    With the veteran minimum being raised a bit after the CBA, he’s got 910,000 reasons to get healthier. Don’t think he’ll have any more “reasons” than that though.

  28. arlingtonassasin says: Aug 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    Hang ‘em up already T.O….everyone will still “love to hate” you no matter where you are and what stupid crap you’re spouting. Just please don’t think you can be a commentator. I’m pretty sure you need at least an ounce of humility to be objective and you’re fresh out

  29. bodybag91 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    You can’t call TO lazy. You can call him poison, but not lazy.

  30. qdog112 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    Of course teams will be interested. TO is one of the top 2 WRs of all time. He proved he can come back by playing after a broken leg – in the Super Bowl. All the crying about his attitude comes from people who fail in the competitive aspect department. This guy simply wants to win more than you can imagine.

    I wouldn’t bet against him.

  31. JackLeone says: Aug 9, 2011 10:33 AM

    Well we know he’s not going back to the eagles…

  32. 1509lucky says: Aug 9, 2011 10:35 AM

    What did every single one of those teams that T.O play for have in common? A lack of a true Locker room LEADER!! Baltimore would be perfect for him,because NO WAY does he even think about doing ANYTHING but playing football.when you look at who the leaders are on that team. That was the #1 reason he was able to cause such friction when he played with the Eagles. There was NO true leader on that team. I know,guys will give you the usual names like Dawkins and Trotter,but the truth is,the Eagles locker room,has always had way too many “Nice guys”and no true Alpha Males.

  33. dgforreal says: Aug 9, 2011 10:41 AM

    Come back home to Frisco TO. Produce and we’ll forgive your past transgressions, plus if you throw Alex Smith under the bus it won’t matter since us fans have been doing that for the last 5 years anyways.

  34. mike83ri says: Aug 9, 2011 10:43 AM

    In a completely unrelated question, how does the new HGH testing work again?

  35. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 9, 2011 10:50 AM

    Since when is T.O. a deep threat? Great receiver, dangerous after the catch and goes up to get the ball, but don’t mention him as a deep threat in the same sentence as Randy Moss.

  36. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    Tom Coughlin would love his work ethic. And T.O. is never late for meetings.. but no showboat.

  37. citizenstrange says: Aug 9, 2011 10:53 AM

    He’d look good in Black & Gold!

    I’m sure there is some six degrees of separation BS that sports hacks can link him to Mike Tomlin with just like they did with Vick and Tiki.

    GO STEELERS!

  38. holdthemayo123 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:55 AM

    Doesn’t surprise me – for all the bad you can say about TO, he keeps himself in amazing shape.

  39. bambam1982 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:02 AM

    TO goes to the Patriots. Him and Ochocinco win their 1st Superbowl together. Case Closed. HOLLLLA!!!!!!

  40. eodmike says: Aug 9, 2011 11:08 AM

    I predict a TO sighting in Miami.

  41. mhs8031 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:12 AM

    100% retired

  42. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2011 11:18 AM

    Actually, it wouldn’t be as remarkable as you think.

    As a free agent not under contract to any team, he is free to seek whatever medical treatment he wants, not just the NFL approved treatments that don’t include banned substances that greatly speed up recovery time from these types of injuries.

    A four month recovery time from a ligament injury is not all uncommon when aided chemically.

    And, yes, I speak from personal experience. In my twenties, I shredded my elbow so badly the doctor’s considered amputating my arm. They told me I would never straighten the arm again or regain feeling in my hand.

    I supplemented my rehab with some things I was able to acquire from a helpful friend from my gym and was back on the rugby pitch in 4 months with full range of motion and feeling in my arm.

    Allowing NFL players to incorporate certain substances, under a doctors care, into their rehab regimens would shorten recovery times and lengthen careers.

    But hey, why let reason and common sense get in the way of a good witch hunt.

  43. watermelon1 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:20 AM

    Anyone who says “Baltimore Ravens would be a great spot for Terrell Owens” obviously has no idea of the history between the two.

    Owens did everything he could to void the trade when 49ers sent him to Baltimore 7 seasons ago.

    Then, a while after that… Owens told people that Ozzie Newsome played the “race card” to try and trap Owens into signing with the Ravens.

    There is absolutely no way that:
    1. the Ravens would sign Terrell Owens.
    2. That Owens would want to sign with the Ravens.

    So yes, even though the Ravens probably need a veteran receiver, and even though Terrell Owens is a very talented veteran receiver… there is NO POSSIBILITY OF THIS HAPPENING!

  44. brintfatre says: Aug 9, 2011 11:24 AM

    He’s been consistently more professional and a better team-mate than Brett Favre his whole career!

  45. stevemcguigan says: Aug 9, 2011 11:24 AM

    If he goes to Philly and everything goes swimmingly, it’ll be a terrible indictment of McNabb haha.

  46. viperfb14 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:26 AM

    T.O. hurt is knee while playing basketball for the Hollywood Knights early in the offseason. This is what the C.E.O. Michael Mirisch told us this when he came to Italy on the USO tour back in June. He was supposed to be in Sigonella Italy on June 4th, but couldnt fly because doctors told him not to. I was one of the referees of the game and that was the reason the fans were given he wasnt there. I would be surprised if TO is a factor this year he is too old to come back from an ACL tear

  47. Earl Westlake says: Aug 9, 2011 11:31 AM

    Hello Cleveland!!!! Seriously, Northeast Ohio will vomit in unison if there isn’t an upgrade from the Robiskie/Mossaquoi poo-poo platter soon.

  48. phillycheez says: Aug 9, 2011 11:45 AM

    Let him ride shotgun on Bretts tractor. Good riddance ME-O.

  49. bigperm33 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    wait – TO could be signed if and only if there is an interested team. Thanks for that brilliant piece of insider information. Anything else you want to add while you are at it? Such as the team with more points will win the game?

  50. all4patriots says: Aug 9, 2011 11:58 AM

    I am assuming that the new CBA is like the old CBA, and there is some advantage in bringing in veteran players AFTER week 1 (I believe it was that their money isn’t guaranteed).

    With a guy less than 100% one month before the season starts, that timing might make sense anyway.

    A team with a preseason or week #1 WR injury calls TO after week one

  51. phillybirdgang1933 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:03 PM

    t.o. still have luv in philly from the fans. if only management agreed , he could be a gift and a curse ???? hey t.o. go grab some reporters and apologize to eagles management . the fans not tired of your big play abilities …….fly eagles fly on the road to being hated by you.yeah you hater……….

  52. laeaglefan says: Aug 9, 2011 12:03 PM

    T.O. could never rip apart the Eagles locker room again. If he tried any of that stuff he’d last about as long as Randy Moss lasted back in Minnesota last year. But no way I can see the Eagles ever having T.O. on their team again.

  53. dexterismyhero says: Aug 9, 2011 12:04 PM

    @realitypolice says:
    Aug 9, 2011 11:18 AM
    Actually, it wouldn’t be as remarkable as you think.

    As a free agent not under contract to any team, he is free to seek whatever medical treatment he wants, not just the NFL approved treatments that don’t include banned substances that greatly speed up recovery time from these types of injuries.

    ==================================

    Can you say Bartolo Colon?

  54. billsin20xx says: Aug 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    He did not tear apart the Bill’s locker room, at least publicly no one complained about him while he was here.
    Now on the other hand, he did have a number of dropped passes that year. He is not the same receiver he was.

  55. xxwhodatxx says: Aug 9, 2011 12:22 PM

    100% unemployed??

  56. seahawksfan37 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    I would love to see T.O in Seattle. 3 big wideouts.

  57. pacash80 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:28 PM

    @nflofficeadmin

    He may not be late, but he does fall asleep.

  58. psuravens19 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:41 PM

    And now my fellow Raven fans will start saying we need to go and sign him for that veteran WR we need so badly…

    Please Ozzie don’t do it.

  59. EJ says: Aug 9, 2011 12:46 PM

    Mike says: And then there’s the question of whether anyone will truly be interested, given his reputation for ripping apart a locker room.

    T.O. may have had a bad reputation before coming to Buffalo, but while he was here in Western NY, he was a class A veteran. I don’t know why everyone states that he has always had issues with every team he has been with considering he was very giving and well behaved here in the B-lo.

    Maybe it was a fluke. Or maybe, once he met the best owner in the league, he knew respect was due. Or could it have been that he finally had great teammates, a fan base(greatest fans in the NFL) that loves and stands by their team through the good and bad, no matter what.

    Either way, I’m sure most of Western NY would agree…
    Terrell Owens was well liked during his time here, and if we weren’t so stacked at receiver, we’d be glad to have him back.

    Go Bills!!!!

  60. icontutu says: Aug 9, 2011 12:52 PM

    As a life long Eagles Fan, 50 + years, now that McNabb is gone, I ‘d love to see the guy back, with all our new additions and still needing the “Big Bodied W/R.” Frankly I knew it was a clash of ego’s, a characteristic I despised in D/M. Now that we know what he is and his statements of regret referring to his stay in Phila. contracts can do alot to protect and safeguard a return…

  61. bmoreballbuster says: Aug 9, 2011 1:17 PM

    The Battle of “37”…I’d rather take a not-so-perfect T.O. than a 100% healthy Derrick “Diva” Mason ANY given Sunday!!! T.O.=”Touchdown Offense” every time!

  62. granadafan says: Aug 9, 2011 2:07 PM

    Stays in shape, doesn’t have off field problems, a future HOFer, but is an absolute cancer in the locker room. Some team looking for publicity will take a chance. Legit Super Bowl contenders wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  63. bjtmeyer says: Aug 9, 2011 3:05 PM

    Colt McCoy to Owens!

  64. ceadderman says: Aug 9, 2011 3:59 PM

    I think the 49ers should sign him.

    Then promptly trade him to the Ravens out of spite. :P

  65. owensdefense says: Aug 9, 2011 5:13 PM

    You guys need to stop repeating this false rumor of Owens tearing his ACL on the set of a reality show.

    He tore it when he was bowling back in April. That’s why one of the first things he did after he was recovered enough from the surgery to walk without crutches was head back to the bowling alley; it was part of a mental process to overcome what happened.

    As for possible teams interested, the Ravens have been in touch with Rosenhaus about Owens more than once since the 2004 nullified trade. It never really materialized into anything, but the Ravens always entertain the idea of adding him when he becomes available. Contrary to popular belief, Ozzie Newsome still likes Owens. John Harbaugh is also a big supporter of his. The issue will ultimately be whether or not they think he’s fully recovered, the best receiver available, a good fit for their offense, and whether or not Owens can get past Ozzie’s remark (“sometimes a black man’s gotta be slapped”)to his former agent following the 2004 trade.

    If the answer to those 4 questions is “yes,” he’ll be wearing a Ravens uniform.

  66. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 6:41 PM

    Um… Shouldn’t the headline read “T.O. moves closer to 100 percent irrelevant” ??

  67. mschwandt1 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:34 AM

    Now with all this talk about Arizona supposedly looking at Lee Evans (WR for Buffalo) via trade, this idea of acquiring T.O. seems smarter. Rather then trading a piece of your team or future draft pick for Evans I believe T.O. can still perform and cost less then Evans. As a Buffalonian and a die hard Bills fan I’d like to see Lee head out to see him succeed because his career isn’t what it should be! But thats just my intake. Plus if you look at Arizona’s schedule T.O. obviously be a huge factor with quite a few motivating games! They play Dallas (Week 13), Cincinnati (Week 16), and for what its worth the 49’ers (Week 14)…Those games would be exciting to watch!

  68. mschwandt1 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:44 AM

    Now with all this talk about Arizona supposedly looking at Lee Evans (WR for Buffalo) via trade, this idea of acquiring T.O. seems smarter. Rather then trading a piece of your team or future draft pick for Evans I believe T.O. can still perform and cost less then Evans. As a Buffalonian and a die hard Bills fan I’d like to see Lee head out to see him succeed because his career isn’t what it should be! But thats just my intake. Plus if you look at Arizona’s schedule T.O. obviously be a huge factor with quite a few motivating games! Have you checked out their schedule!! This is Crazy!! They play Eagles (Week 10!) Dallas (Week 13!), Cincinnati (Week 16!), and for what its worth the 49′ers (Week 11 & 14)…T.O. enjoy the desert!

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