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Report: T.O. could be joining the IFL

File photo of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens in Charlotte Reuters

When the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League expressed a publicity-stunt interest in receiver Terrell Owens, it was worthy of a mention here.  “T.O. seems to be desperate for attention and/or relevance and/or fodder for his latest reality show venture,” I wrote at the time, “and we’ll find out just how desperate he is if he chooses to accept the offer, with the reality TV cameras in tow.”

As it turns out, T.O. may be aiming even lower than the top of the indoor football food chain.  According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Owens could soon be signing with the Allen Wranglers of the IFL.  Owner Jon Frankel said that the discussions with agent Drew Rosenhaus were “far from conversation” and that Owens is “significantly closer” to joining the Wranglers than he was a month ago.

The team also has declared its desire to sign Owens on the Wranglers’ official website.  “The compensation package, which is within the rules of the Indoor Football League, would be $250,000 up to $500,000,” the website states.

Owens reportedly needs money, and there’s apparently no one else offering him that kind of money to do anything else right now.

“It doesn’t make a ton of financial sense, but it would make it the No. 1 fan experience in Collin County,” Frankel said.  “The awareness of the team would skyrocket and I would imagine we’d sell out every game.”

The 38-year-old wideout has drawn no interest from NFL teams after tearing an ACL in the offseason.  “At first everybody thought it was a big joke but it wasn’t a big joke,” Wranglers coach Pat Pimmel said.  “It’s serious.  It’s real close.  I think it will be within the next week or so.  He would have never got his agent involved in it if he wasn’t thinking about it.  He can still play, you know that.”

The Wranglers open their 2012 season on February 25.  Their General Manager is Drew Pearson, who like T.O. once played for the Dallas Cowboys.  Unlike T.O., Pearson will be joining the team’s Ring of Honor.

If it’s indeed close and if the Wranglers hope to get the deal done, why are they taking it public now?  It’s possible that Owens was interested in sending up a trial balloon, and that he’ll make a final decision based on the full extent of the lo-how-the-mighty-have-fallen reaction to the news.  Or maybe the Wranglers, sensing that an NFL team may be interested in signing Owens for the postseason, are trying to scare off potential suitors by attaching even more baggage to T.O.  Just yesterday, Owens was stumping for a roster spot with the 49ers on (where else?) Twitter.

Either way, it’s odd that the Wranglers would disclose such a stunning, unusual strategy before the ink dries on the contract.  If T.O. didn’t approve of the tactic, the Wranglers may have scared Owens away.

Then again, there’s still no one else offering him $250,000 to $500,000 right now.

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77 Responses to “Report: T.O. could be joining the IFL”
  1. rambo08 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:52 PM

    Getcha popcorn ready…NOT.

  2. trbowman says: Dec 29, 2011 7:52 PM

    Randy Moss and TO combined to go out with the biggest whimper in sports history.

  3. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2011 7:54 PM

    Nothing spells desperation like the IFL.

  4. tatum064 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:55 PM

    “Unlike T.O., Pearson will be joining the team’s Ring of Honor.”

    Hm. Says a lot, doesn’t it?

    I think T.O. will eventually get his HOF call, he hadn’t had any real off field issues (other than being a jacka$% diva).

    He had a significant wake up call this season and has if anything, has learned some humility. Harbaugh wanted nothing to do with him, despite his tweet to former Bills teammate Donte Whitner.

  5. indywilson40 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:01 PM

    Desperado……

  6. sikoix says: Dec 29, 2011 8:02 PM

    I’d be willing to pay to watch a former NFL star run wild against sandlot talent. Well, maybe not pay but I’d watch the highlights on YouTube. If I was reminded.

  7. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Dec 29, 2011 8:04 PM

    Hope he doesn’t meet any of the people on the way down that he was nasty to on the way up. What goes around comes around. Adios MF.

  8. theravens1 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:05 PM

    So what. . . .

  9. iambadkid2 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:05 PM

    Drew Pearson pushed off.

  10. plymkr88 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:06 PM

    T.O. Is so irrelevant. Who cares.

  11. bordner says: Dec 29, 2011 8:07 PM

    T.O. could soon be signing with the who of the what??

  12. redguy12588 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:07 PM

    The publicity stunt already worked, I had no idea there was another indoor football league, now I know.

  13. vbe2 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:07 PM

    Who is this “T.O.” person you speak of? Didn’t he used to be someone? No, that must be someone else I’m thinking of…

    Next question!

  14. bleedgreen4life says: Dec 29, 2011 8:11 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted..

  15. commandercornpone says: Dec 29, 2011 8:15 PM

    he will probly wear lingerie in the IFL.

  16. gergie1957 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:15 PM

    T.O. Joins the IFL, two days later the IFL folds.

    The Guy is poison.

  17. cardmagnet says: Dec 29, 2011 8:18 PM

    That’s a shame. T.O. still has some left in the tank. If he didn’t have the history of being a team cancer, he could have signed with somebody after the injury to end his career with dignity.

  18. mrbigass says: Dec 29, 2011 8:19 PM

    He needs to “Wrangle” some child support……

  19. waitingguilty says: Dec 29, 2011 8:20 PM

    “WTF” is the “IFL”?

  20. citizenstrange says: Dec 29, 2011 8:22 PM

    The Wranglers should sign Favre.

  21. boopipes says: Dec 29, 2011 8:22 PM

    Sad is the only thing that comes to mind. T.O. should be a lesson on what not to do for all young athletes. Work hard and be a good teammate or you will end up in the IFL kids…

  22. wtfchiefs says: Dec 29, 2011 8:24 PM

    I dislike Owens, but can you imagine how bad he’s gonna torch the guys in that league haha

  23. moolah954 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:27 PM

    $250,000 to $500,000 ???

    cant argue with that

  24. gman41 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:28 PM

    These athletes really need to hire financial managers. Someone other than one of their homies from back home. How the hell can T.O. need money??? He had to make at least 25million during his career. i would live comfortably 4 life after a first rounders 4 year rookie contract.

  25. paulyshore1 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:29 PM

    The tiki comment is getting old. Nice try though.

  26. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 29, 2011 8:31 PM

    I’m an electrician. I had an apprentice on a job a year ago that was a linebacker in that league.
    Good kid.
    I doubt I could find anything TO could do, though.
    I’m not sure he could pass the exam to enter the apprenticeship….

  27. upperdecker19 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:31 PM

    I look forward to him spiking the ball on the logo at the 25 yard line (midfield) of their primary rival, the hated Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.

    P.S. Couldn’t happen to a better guy

  28. fittytuckin says: Dec 29, 2011 8:36 PM

    Funny, yet sad. Nah, just funny.

  29. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 29, 2011 8:36 PM

    Report: Sanchez should be joining the IFL.

  30. binarybulge says: Dec 29, 2011 8:37 PM

    “Get’yer popcorn ready! Only $10. C’mon guys, I have illegitimate children to support.”

  31. bischof21 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:38 PM

    Another athlete who made millions and is desperate for money. When will it stop?

  32. steelbreeze676 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:39 PM

    I don’t care. I don’t care if he joins the circus. He shouldn’t be written about anymore.

  33. maxvv says: Dec 29, 2011 8:41 PM

    The IFL has a team called the Beef. This team has male cheerleaders called the Rumproasters.

    This is something everyone here should know.

  34. sufferingbirdsfan says: Dec 29, 2011 8:41 PM

    Even after everything that went down here in Philly , I can’t get any joy from watching T.O.’s career go down this road. ’04 was just too great a ride.

  35. bubba703 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:41 PM

    He might as well play for the IFL as he needs the money. And if he performs well enough, he might get on an NFL or more likely CFL team’s radar for next season. The bigger question is how long he can keep his mouth shut.

  36. imag3d says: Dec 29, 2011 8:43 PM

    IFL, does that stand for Irrelevant Football League?

  37. gmen1987 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:46 PM

    To is desperate.

  38. benh999 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:49 PM

    Who or what is an IFL?

  39. 2difshoe says: Dec 29, 2011 8:55 PM

    How much does dignity cost ?

  40. kegowhisky says: Dec 29, 2011 8:57 PM

    Can anyone say: Shameless publicity stunt!

  41. rajbais says: Dec 29, 2011 8:58 PM

    I thought Drew Pearson hates T.O.!!

    I am not kidding!!! Pearson ripped T.O. on ‘The Michael Irvin Show’ when the Cowboys cut him and said that Dez Bryant should not be like him!!!

    I honestly do not see this happening!!! If the IFL has this kind of money for Owens why have we not seen other players join???

    We saw NFL players go to Arena Football during the lockout to make money. This report looks bogus!!! Why? It does not look like a big revenue generator!!!!

  42. billsfantx says: Dec 29, 2011 8:58 PM

    I live in Allen and didn’t even know there is a team!

  43. 2difshoe says: Dec 29, 2011 9:01 PM

    I F L

    I’ ve F allen and i can’t get up L eague.

  44. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:02 PM

    The guy just wants to play ball and he knows the clock is ticking, he’s got no quit in him. Like him or hate him you’ve got to admire that……… right Randy Moss?

  45. rajbais says: Dec 29, 2011 9:04 PM

    Wow! Drew Rosenhaus must be some agent!!! It would not surprise me if this deal was a scam!!

    Look at the UFL!!! How did that go???

    Drew got Chad a bad deal!!! He will get DeSean Jackson less money than expected!!! Now this!!!

    Players, do not ever sign with Rosenhaus!!! He is a phony legal advisor and his presence will only lead you to trouble!!!

  46. samoanjungle says: Dec 29, 2011 9:07 PM

    T.O., dude, just go to court and get your child support adjusted to your current wage. It takes like an hour.

  47. contraryguy says: Dec 29, 2011 9:12 PM

    I’m torn as to which extended-channel cable reality show T.O. would be mor amusing on… Gold Rush, Pawn Stars or Lizard Lick Towing. I think Gold Rush…. send him to the Yukon and hand him a shovel. Anything football-related at this point would be just as fictional.

  48. earthtopft says: Dec 29, 2011 9:17 PM

    If this fails, Too Old is headed for the His & Hers Exotic Lingerie League. Also known as H.E.L.L.

  49. earthtopft says: Dec 29, 2011 9:21 PM

    Earlier, T.O. had a brief tryout with the Lame Oldtimers League. They just laughed him off.

  50. huejackson says: Dec 29, 2011 9:27 PM

    I don’t get why a NFL team does not sign this guy for the minimum.. I mean really this guy has not caused any problems in a long time. He was a solid WR in Buffalo and he did not complain when the team was losing..
    If I was a team like the 49ers I would absolutely pick him up for peanuts. He can catch the ball, He is a big WR and that would be great for Alex Smith.
    I wish the Raiders would take him, I think he would be great for the Raiders in the playoffs. I thought once Raiders got Palmer he would end up there but maybe Palmer did not like him cause instead he took TJ HOUZ YO MAMMA instead as a guy he feels chemistry with..
    It worked out for TJ who is having a Monster year for what he has played. He made some clutch catches..
    Plus if T.O wanted a ring this year he would want to join Oakland since they are winning the super bowl this year

  51. eknirb says: Dec 29, 2011 9:30 PM

    who cares? why gives this over the hill cancer any pub? TO = Too Old.

  52. binarybulge says: Dec 29, 2011 9:32 PM

    4512dawg4512 says:
    Dec 29, 2011 9:02 PM
    The guy just wants to play ball and he knows the clock is ticking, he’s got no quit in him. Like him or hate him you’ve got to admire that……… right Randy Moss?

    If you say so, dude. More like he’s broke as nuts and this is the only way he’ll make any dough. If it were up to him I’m sure he’d be on a never-ending reality show.

  53. dmcgrann says: Dec 29, 2011 9:33 PM

    Damn! Now, maybe T.O. should reconsider playing for the IFL and instead go for minor-league arena football. If he came to Richmond, he could sign with both of our minor-league arena football teams and play in two different leagues at once. Or, he could just play with himself. Same difference, I guess.

  54. gb4mn0 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:35 PM

    iambadkid2 says:
    Dec 29, 2011 8:05 PM
    Drew Pearson pushed off
    —————————————–
    Dec. 28, 1975 And to think that the nauseating lavender Larry excrement balls are still haunted by that day just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Pearson should have been given a Presidential award for meritorious service for keeping the integrity of the NFL from being sullied by a sad sack 3rd rate expansion franchise riddled with a criminal element.

  55. sfhappyhours says: Dec 29, 2011 9:35 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted, but is considering joining The Player in the IFL.

  56. zonedogz says: Dec 29, 2011 9:56 PM

    All those bridges he burned has left him where you’d expect – all alone on an island aka the IFL.

  57. bamasleeper13 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:01 PM

    Who watches the IFL?

  58. goforthanddie says: Dec 29, 2011 10:33 PM

    TO shouldn’t “need” money, he was paid well for trashing every QB he worked with.

  59. grimmlock42 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:44 PM

    This must be the semi-pro league with a cool name.

  60. jayquintana says: Dec 29, 2011 10:47 PM

    $250,000 to $500,000 to play in the IFL? Two words: no way.

  61. grimmlock42 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:47 PM

    Atleast T.O. will feel young again playing on a high school football field.

  62. polegojim says: Dec 29, 2011 11:04 PM

    Awesome… that means until MSNBC has an IFLT, we won’t have to hear about him, right?

  63. vaginahurts says: Dec 29, 2011 11:07 PM

    Damn….It was all good just a week ago

  64. gergie1957 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:43 PM

    It worked for Curt Warner.

  65. skinsrock says: Dec 29, 2011 11:56 PM

    Uh…. hmmm… Chicago is a long way from San Francisco.

  66. d3murf says: Dec 30, 2011 12:39 AM

    paulyshore1 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:29 PM

    The tiki comment is getting old. Nice try though.

    ______________________________________________________

    Getting old?!?!? Uhh dude that’s like saying George Burns from the Simpsons is getting old. That Tiki joke is dirt old! Another reason why lame white people shouldn’t be allowed to be comedians on a football site. Get some new material guys! I bet 99% of you don’t even realize Tiki NEVER even said that. Peter King paraphrased and put his own spin on it.

    Hey do me a favor and thumbs down this post if you’re lame, goofy and white – and being on this site posting weak jokes makes you feel athletic?!?

  67. mcjon22 says: Dec 30, 2011 12:49 AM

    Can we get an article on how much money he’s made in his career and some sort of explanation on why he seems to be broke now? That’s the real story

  68. buzzbissinger says: Dec 30, 2011 1:28 AM

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who hasn’t heard of the IFL.

  69. i10east says: Dec 30, 2011 3:21 AM

    What! TO is going to MMA! I thought that the International Fight League didn’t exist anymore, Oh wait…..

  70. jimothyvonstojavic says: Dec 30, 2011 3:32 AM

    That’s just embarrasing. Sorry TO but your days are over. Go back to reality tv. That’s your only career now.

  71. elwaysbrain says: Dec 30, 2011 5:09 AM

    I think 2 of my buddies play for that team and they never played any football before.

  72. patriotsadw says: Dec 30, 2011 6:20 AM

    Karma is a mugg

  73. staffordsyear says: Dec 30, 2011 6:21 AM

    It seems wierd that t.o. is done with the nfl without ever playin a down with the raiders doesent it?

  74. johnnyb216 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:18 AM

    Ahahaha… Ahahaha!

  75. tv426 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:26 AM

    These guys make millions per year, for decades, and they need money? Does bling really cost that much?

  76. tropicpurple says: Dec 30, 2011 9:12 AM

    Makes sense, there is an ‘I’ in IFL.

  77. dkhhuey says: Dec 30, 2011 9:37 AM

    Karma is a b!tch when it comes around for payback!!!

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