Last year, Terrell Owens caught 72 passes as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, where Carson Palmer was the starting quarterback. Recently, Palmer was working out with Owens. But now that Palmer is a Raider and Owens is ready to play, Palmer isn’t interested in a reunion.
“T.O. and I had a great working relationship, he had one of his most successful years over the past five or six years, a lot of production and he was a great teammate in Cincinnati,” Palmer told 95.7 The Game. “The problem is that for him to get here there’s not anybody that we could let go, we have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move, very young, very inexperienced but tons of potential and it’s tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that’s got a lot of history in the league that’s in his late 30s, so I can’t see him coming here but I had a good time playing with him and he’s an explosive player himself.”
Sorry, but if Palmer thought that Owens would make the team better, Palmer would suggest that Owens replace Derek Hagan, a 27-year-old journeyman who has only 11 catches in six games. Maybe Palmer has seen that T.O. simply doesn’t have it any longer. Or maybe Palmer got more than a bellyful of T.O. during their one season together in Cincinnati.
Either way, the fact that his most recent starting quarterback doesn’t want T.O. will make it even harder for another team and another starting quarterback to welcome Owens with open arms.