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T.O. works out, with no teams in attendance

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NFL Network carried Terrell Owens‘ workout live on Tuesday afternoon, and Owens had better hope some NFL front office personnel were watching, because no teams were there.

Linday Soto was live on the scene and reported that no teams were confirmed to be in attendance, and that there wasn’t a single team’s scout in the area “unless somebody snuck in and isn’t wearing team gear.” The workout took place on a high school field in Calabasas, California, and the stands were empty.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean no one is interested in Owens. Coaches, general managers and scouts may have watched the workout on TV, and teams bring in veteran free agents for workouts all the time, so it’s entirely possible that Owens will still get an individual workout.

Owens started the workout wearing a shirt reading “I Am” on the front and “Ready” on the back, then took the shirt off to reveal his chiseled upper body. Although there was no 40-yard dash in the workout, Owens ran pass routes and did agility tests and appeared capable of running and cutting without any problems with his surgically repaired knee.

However, being able to run and cut on a field all by himself is quite a bit different from being able to perform on an NFL field on Sundays. And there are some questions about whether Owens is really ready to compete.

Owens’ former teammate Jerry Rice said on ESPN that Owens looked like “He’s just not in football shape.” And NFL Network’s Charles Davis said Owens seemed tentative in his movement, as if he wasn’t sure whether he could trust his knee.

So Owens’ public workout may not have told us much of anything. The big question now is whether any team will bring him in for a workout without the cameras rolling.

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  1. jc327 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:53 PM

    Sad story. I worry for th guy, he’s never really been stable and a total lack of interest might push him to do something stupid (again).

    That said, I can’t blame any team for not sending a scout, or not wanting him around.

  2. wryly1 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:54 PM

    Hmmm ”’ a guy in his mid-late 30’s, coming off an ACL, with a trackrecord of being a clubhouse cancer who will throw his QB under the bus. Any popcorn vendors who showed up would’ve wasting their time, too.

  3. purpwalk says: Oct 25, 2011 2:54 PM

    chirp, chirp, chirp…

  4. hashsview says: Oct 25, 2011 2:55 PM

    T.O. Ill pay you in Schrute bucks to come play on my flag fooball team. I can’t promise you will start, but we can make room for you on our bench.

  5. hotzy21 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM

    Does Jerry Rice ever have anything positive to say? Randy Moss this, Randy Moss that, T.O. this, T.O. that, Wes Welker isn’t an elite receiver, etc.

  6. cosmicatomic says: Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM

    He just bought every bottle of pills in the local Calabasas, California Walgreens.

  7. usher716 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM

    If TO falls in the woods and there’s no one around to hear it, does he make a sound?

  8. jaglife says: Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM

    Somehow this means the Jags are moving to LA right?

  9. dfeltz says: Oct 25, 2011 2:58 PM

    The T.O love is coming – some clowns on here will post that he was the best WR on his last 2 teams – Buffalo and Cincy. Its amazing how those teams have gotten better with TO off the roster.

  10. blizzard01 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:59 PM

    I worked out in my basement today. OK, I was watching tv, but still- I had the same number of scouts show up.
    I am the man!

  11. kisstherings says: Oct 25, 2011 2:59 PM

    Was he serving popcorn at the workout?

  12. cryptker says: Oct 25, 2011 3:00 PM

    Maybe the teams finally see him for the trouble maker that he is!

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:00 PM

    They didn’t have their popco’n ready.

  14. steelchamps says: Oct 25, 2011 3:00 PM

    No karma left in the bank.

  15. 7pints says: Oct 25, 2011 3:00 PM

    Just save some face and fade away, big guy. All careers end at some point.

  16. wawa33 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:00 PM

    Get your popcorn ready, TO.

  17. rpiotr01 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:02 PM

    After this workout, all league GMs put on a shirt that said “It’s” on the front and “Over” on the back.

    He’s had a great career and IMO is a first ballot HOF receiver. He was someone that truly needed to be game-planned around, and was one of the top 3 WR of his day for the better part of a decade.

  18. cardmagnet says: Oct 25, 2011 3:02 PM

    He’s definitely worth sending somebody to scout him. With the advances in science with stem cells, which I believe he had treatment with, older players can bounce back from the injury. Owens can still be productive on the field.

  19. mhalt99 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:03 PM

    Jerry Rice said on ESPN that Owens looked like “He’s just not in football shape.”

    That was the nicest thing a former teammate of Terrell Owens ever had to say about him. Maybe that’s why he can’t find a team??????????

  20. jimbobobjr says: Oct 25, 2011 3:04 PM

    Too bad. He made all that popcorn for nothing.

  21. cletusvandam says: Oct 25, 2011 3:04 PM

    hashsview says:
    Oct 25, 2011 2:55 PM
    T.O. Ill pay you in Schrute bucks to come play on my flag fooball team. I can’t promise you will start, but we can make room for you on our bench.

    Convert it to Stanley nickels and you have a deal!

  22. obiwanbonogi says: Oct 25, 2011 3:05 PM

    Tired. Slow.

  23. dsims7 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:05 PM

    Im with wryly1. He has been a cancer in the locker room for years and tossed all 5 of his QB under a bus. He’s done.

  24. 1captain1 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:05 PM

    Same comedic end as Jerry Rice and Tim Brown…

    All still wanting to play and no one interested!

    You should retire while still under contract otherwise you’re a has-been.

  25. bhindenemylines says: Oct 25, 2011 3:06 PM

    “T.O. Ill pay you in Schrute bucks to come play on my flag fooball team. I can’t promise you will start, but we can make room for you on our bench.”

    Never gonna happen. He and Dwight wouldn’t last 5 minutes together. Both of their egos are too big.

    But maybe T.O. can host the Dundies this year???

  26. rando74 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:06 PM

    What dos this have to do with Tim Tebow?

  27. mikeheruki says: Oct 25, 2011 3:07 PM

    Funny, funny, funny. Just too funny. Kutcher couldn’t have done better himself.

  28. skippynj says: Oct 25, 2011 3:07 PM

    How you gonna spin this one Drew?

  29. kingdm8 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:08 PM

    As much as I’ve disliked this guy over the past 10-12 years, I’d take him as the Cards #2 right now over just about anything we have. Take some heat off Fitz and we MIGHT be able to win a couple more games this year. Either that or we continue to compete with the Dolphins and Rams for the #1 pick where we will trade it to a team that wants Andrew Luck. From there we will take the 4-5 picks we got and draft 3 guys who will be out of the league in 3 years and two guys who will suck with the Cards then turn around and go be stars with other teams (Garrison Hearst, Thomas Jones, Calvin Pace, …). Ugh…

  30. trbowman says: Oct 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    Haters gonna hate.

    Long live TO!

  31. jakek2 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:11 PM

    Cards should sign him so Fitz can get tripled covered instead of quadruple covered.

  32. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 25, 2011 3:11 PM

    Sad to see his career end this way. It’s amazing how people still see him as a cancer even though the last two years has shown that he can change.

  33. fissels says: Oct 25, 2011 3:12 PM

    Poor T.O.

  34. gojags says: Oct 25, 2011 3:18 PM

    Maybe Munchack was watching him from his iphone.

  35. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 25, 2011 3:20 PM

    It just goes to show that you should carefully guard your reputation. Once it’s destroyed it’s nearly impossible to rebuild it…

  36. purplekoolaid1 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:20 PM


  37. bunchesofone says: Oct 25, 2011 3:20 PM

    did anyone ask his spokeswoman if he still has 25 million reasons to still play in the NFL..uhhhh no.

  38. asublimeday says: Oct 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    He was right about Palmer, Mcnabb, and Garcia.

  39. tooz72 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    you get what you give

  40. Nevis says: Oct 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    The only person this should surprise is TO himself.

  41. jey5556 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    Any team with a mediocre record and needing a WR should give him a shot. You could sign the guy for nothing and if he doesen’t perform just let him go. Plenty of teams that could at least use a decoy.

  42. rdawg911 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:24 PM

    The team that makes the most sense is the Toronto Argos.

  43. svcfilmguy says: Oct 25, 2011 3:25 PM

    I don’t blame them. The guy is a high-maintenance headache with a pathological attention addiction. He’s 37. He’s coming off surgery for his ACL. He’s coming off two years in which he could only get 1-year contracts with 2 of the NFL’s bottom-feeding teams. Oh yeah, and the season is almost halfway over.

    You did this, T.O. No finger pointing.

  44. The Shoeman says: Oct 25, 2011 3:27 PM

    / \

    Canada is that way

  45. baboushka says: Oct 25, 2011 3:29 PM

    “The workout took place on a high school field in Calabasas, California, and the stands were empty.”

    What a poetic end for a player who threw so many QBs and head coaches under the bus on his football journey. Marvin Lewis, Bill Parcells, Steve Mariucci, Andy Reid, Chan Gaily, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Drew Bledsoe and Trent Edwards all come to mind. I’m unsure whether TO’s fragile psyche can handle this level of rejection. In all fairness though. What sane coach or GM would add a cancer like him to their team at this point in a season? In the end TO was just Fool’s “Gold”.

  46. wte1 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:29 PM

    The quarterback throwing him passes was a high school kid who got criticized for throwing poor passes.

    T.O. got upset with the criticism and started crying, “That’s my quarterback.”

  47. happybunnyj says: Oct 25, 2011 3:30 PM

    In California? Perfect! Maybe he’ll move into the old lot where Sunset Boulevard was filmed. Probably in his mind, the stands were filled with the GMs and coaches from all 32 teams.

  48. skoobyfl says: Oct 25, 2011 3:30 PM




  49. 4evrnyt says: Oct 25, 2011 3:30 PM

    You are
    Washed up.

  50. happybunnyj says: Oct 25, 2011 3:31 PM

    trbowman says:
    Oct 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    Haters gonna hate.

    Long live TO!

    Yeah…about that last line…

  51. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 25, 2011 3:34 PM

    T.O. is flabbergasted.. or just gassed.

  52. ownbay says: Oct 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    Dude wasted all his money and now has to struggle to find work. Sad story about not planning for the future.

  53. gcsuk says: Oct 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    Owens started the workout wearing a shirt reading “I Am” on the front and “Ready” on the back
    They obviously didn’t see the fine print. What the shirt actually said was :

    “I AM”

    “READY to throw all my teammates and coaches under the bus”

  54. litemater95 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:41 PM

    If he was hoping they were watching NFL Network he is really screwed! Especially if the scouts had Time Warner Cable!

  55. jamaltimore says: Oct 25, 2011 3:44 PM

    why didn’t he host everyone in his driveway like in philly! Would have been awesome if he used Mcnabb as his QB for these sessions!

  56. seabreezes51 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:45 PM

    It is called preening

  57. rdrs68 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:47 PM

    no team showed up because they didn’t want to get any on themselves.

  58. klunge says: Oct 25, 2011 3:49 PM

    Some teams are going to look at him for sure, but not in this format. TO is like a peep show. You look around to make sure nobody sees you going in to check it out. Reveals your desperation to the public.

  59. originalsteelcurtain says: Oct 25, 2011 3:51 PM

    If T.O. works out and nobody is there… …did he really work out?

  60. granadafan says: Oct 25, 2011 3:52 PM

    I don’t think any team was willing to be used by his spinmeister agent, Drew Rosenhaus, as part of the clownfest PR show. Drew would be screaming up and down that, yes, there are all these scouts there “SEE! SEE! Check out the abs on my client as he does situps!”

  61. goldrush36 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:52 PM

    hotzy21 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM
    Does Jerry Rice ever have anything positive to say? Randy Moss this, Randy Moss that, T.O. this, T.O. that, Wes Welker isn’t an elite _______________________________

    well he said Moss is lazy that’s true. Owens is a cancer and doesn’t seem to be in football shape which is also true. He admires Wes Welker so i dont know where you came up with the last part. Seems toe like you’re grasping at straws there. That said all the former players make terrible commentators/analysts and should be removed from the air. Espn by far has the worst bunch. Followed by nfl network

  62. waltdawg says: Oct 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    Even the jugs machine skipped the workout

  63. thefiesty1 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    Ha, ha, ha – throw a party and nobody shows up. Perfect!

  64. rmm1984 says: Oct 25, 2011 3:59 PM

    Sign him and trade him to Oakland for their remaining draft picks.

  65. knucklebucket says: Oct 25, 2011 4:03 PM

    I hated this guy back in the day the way he talked smack and was just basically a team wrecker. I waited for the day when his talent diminished and would be wanted by no one but now it’s just sad.

  66. slickzmoney says: Oct 25, 2011 4:06 PM

    Never thought I’d say this but Skins should give him a look. With Moss now out their #1 is Jabar Gaffney.

  67. cuda1234 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:08 PM

    This was televised?????

    Was there no Tim Tebow legend to air?

  68. laeaglefan says: Oct 25, 2011 4:14 PM

    Were situps in his workout repertoire?

  69. bigcarguy1 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:16 PM

    you have to think that of the 32 teams, someone can use him

  70. godofwine330 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    Pathetic end to what will surely be a Hall of Fame career. All he had to do in Cincinatti was be quiet. Don’t complain. Don’t say anything when the media baits him, but what does he do? The same as a fool does when someone questions his intelligence – opens his mouth and removes all doubt.

  71. kleppnasty says: Oct 25, 2011 4:21 PM

    As a 9ers fan, I’m happy to see it come to an end. He started off promising, but his attitude was terrible and just killed his teams (and his brick hands killed some playoff hopes, easily the worst hands of any HoF WR (when he gets in)).

    But as someone mentioned, look at how much better Buf and Cin are now that he’s off the team. Maybe teams like Miami, Arizona and St. Louis should look to pick him up for a year or two, with the hope that getting rid of him helps them too…. just a thought.

  72. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 25, 2011 4:25 PM

    Has there ever been a more perfectly matched couple than Rosenhous & TO? Two delusional lost souls wandering in the desert. How poetic.

  73. knightringonow says: Oct 25, 2011 4:27 PM


    Do you see how delusional you were
    He’s d shot, over-the-hill and you’re still conning young men out if their money. Jerk.

  74. savocabol1 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:33 PM

    For the right price, I’d take him on the Browns in a heart beat. TO could still have a torn ACL and he would be better than everyone of our receivers.

  75. 420fan says: Oct 25, 2011 4:37 PM

    Ba HA HA ha…..

    TO Loves him some TO, guess no one else does

  76. mhalt99 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    Did anyone watch? Did he drop a couple passes and then catch a pass a start crying?

  77. Robert says: Oct 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    Countdown to the announcement of the Raiders signing TO.

    Tick Tick Tick……

  78. upperdecker19 says: Oct 25, 2011 4:51 PM

    “If TO acts unemployed and smells unemployed, by golly, he is a unemployed.”

    Jeff Garcia

  79. chocolatebaconbutter says: Oct 25, 2011 5:03 PM

    You know, he kind of gets a bad rap. The guy ALWAYS plays hard and gives 100%. That’s not the problem. The problem is he’s such a prima donna. That’s the issue with him. Make no mistake, he’s a clown and a headache, but the guy always plays with everything he has.

    Best of luck T.O.

  80. rayguyreturns says: Oct 25, 2011 5:04 PM

    “Owens’ former teammate Jerry Rice said on ESPN that Owens looked like “His brain is just not in football shape.”


    There. Now it’s fixed.

  81. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:16 PM

    Tim Brown predicted this is how TO’s career would end way back in 2003..when TO’s disruptive character was starting to unfold.

  82. slickmarine says: Oct 25, 2011 5:24 PM

    Truth is – all ya’ll are just talkin’ smack. Team player? Definitely not. But do your homework, folks. He’s been right at the top of productivity for the last three teams he played on. Too many teams needing decent WR to dog-pile this sad ol’ man. I’m not sayin’ he deserves top dollar or even guaranteed money, but to think “he’s done” isn’t thinking at all.

  83. rudegger says: Oct 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    I agree with chocolate bacon butter. T.O. does get a bad rap. Because once he left Philly McNabb didn’t struggle at all. Same in Dallas, Romo is sure glad the team got rid of him, now they can play games for 60 minutes and not make stupid mistakes. And in Buffalo he wasn’t a class act at all in a small market like that.
    T.O. was never the biggest problem where he went, he was a problem, a prima donna, but never the real big problem. He does play hard, and he wants the rock. And he plays injured. His got a big mouth and his life should be watched by house-wives in the afternoon.
    Overall I think T.O. has been good for the NFL, bad for himself, but good for the NFL.

  84. sterling7 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:30 PM

    To be succinct “ALL the teams have had enough of T.O.”!!!

  85. purplekoolaid1 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:32 PM

    I love me some me!!

  86. jackfnburton says: Oct 25, 2011 5:39 PM

    This is good. Now, I don’t feel so stupid for not being there myself.

  87. phillybirds says: Oct 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    Also, this event was videotaped. It isn’t necessary for a team to publicly express interest. They can watch the film at him and let him bite on their offer.

  88. oldcracker says: Oct 25, 2011 5:58 PM

    That star in Dallas doesn’t look too bad now, does it TO?

    I still think TO & JJ are an ideal match…they deserve each other.

  89. gdeli says: Oct 25, 2011 5:59 PM

    he was with the 1 person he loves…ha. jerk!

  90. cantonbound13 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:06 PM

    T.O. & Tiki on the next pros vs Joes

  91. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 25, 2011 6:10 PM

    That’s unfortunate.

  92. garyman1 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:15 PM

    Wide receivers who are not that far from getting their AARP card and coming off of surgery are usually not a good bet (and that’s without all the “ME” crap).

  93. pwillis5221 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:53 PM

    I’m am a huge 49ers fam and would love to see T.O back in that uniform but he is cancer he destroys teams but teams that should look at him are teams with nothing to lose rams, Miami, broncos, jaguars, Seahawks, cardinals,

  94. winnersagain says: Oct 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    Must be the B.O. “Getcha Retirement ready”

  95. lookatthefarside says: Oct 25, 2011 7:08 PM

    The only great thing T.O. ever did was his celebration on the cowboy star.

  96. ham1 says: Oct 25, 2011 7:16 PM

    I have been critical of TO and do not agree with all the histrionics. But he has played hard, played hurt and I can think of a number of players who deserve worse comments and are still thriving.

    Lord knows the NFL has been, and still is, a landing place for killers, sadists, drug dealers, rapists and a slew of other criminal behaviors that TO never was a part of.

    I can tell you now, Id rather see Vick, that sicko, alienated and with no place to go, along with Ray the shank, Ben because I am white it dont stick to me, Donte dont drive drunk, Chmura the packer packing the underage kids, and that Dallas Cowboy kicker Rafael Septien the childmolester to name few. Whats worse the NFL at times turns a blind eye.
    TO was bad but he wasnt a criminal.
    Dont get me wrong I cant stand that sucker.

  97. mgscott says: Oct 25, 2011 8:30 PM

    T.O. could show up Sunday morning and be the #1 receiver for the Browns.

  98. Iraelite says: Oct 25, 2011 9:12 PM

    The J-E-T-S can never have too much ego… maybe that is where he belongs. “The BIG APPLE meets the BIG MOUTH.”

    He may keep Coach Ryan’s fat face out of the news.

    Maybe he can get the Jets over the hump… You know how well he does with Hispanic QBs – Romo and Garcia… why not add Sanchize to the list?

    TO you were one of my favorites, but the Fat Lady just finished her microphone check. See you at the HOF in 5 years.

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