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Carson Palmer: T.O. is a good influence for Raiders’ receivers

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At least one of Terrell Owens‘ former quarterbacks likes him.

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, who completed 72 passes to Owens during the 2010 season when they were teammates in Cincinnati, invited Owens along for a workout this offseason with Raiders receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Eddie McGee and tight end David Ausberry. Palmer said it was great for those youngsters to see how an old veteran like Owens works.

It was great for them,” Palmer said, via Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com. “It’s good to be around that. I think it was good for them to see that’s what it takes if you want to play for a long time and you want to be successful and have yards and catches and touchdowns and all that and that’s what it takes to work.”

Although Owens has done plenty of things that deserve criticism, no one can criticize his work ethic: Owens is always in great shape, so it makes sense that Palmer would want the Raiders’ young receivers to see how Owens works during the offseason.

That does not, however, mean Palmer thinks the Raiders should sign Owens, who wants to get back in the NFL after missing all of 2011. Palmer suggested that there’s just not room on the Raiders’ depth chart for Owens.

“I love the guys we have,” Palmer said. “I don’t know where the spots are to be had. You can only carry so many receivers. . . . Training camp, at that position, is going to be really interesting because there’s a lot of guys. There’s too many guys.”

So Palmer likes Owens enough that he wants to work out with him in the offseason. But not enough that he wants to be his teammate again.

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  1. govtminion says: May 16, 2012 11:57 AM

    “Exhibit A, gentlemen: What NOT to do with a promising football career. Take notes, test on Friday.”

  2. jjackwagon says: May 16, 2012 11:59 AM

    “But not enough that he wants to be his teammate again.”

    That’s because Palmer knows what a cancer TO becomes when he doesn’t get as many plays called for him as he wants.

  3. 1buckeye76 says: May 16, 2012 12:01 PM

    pick 6

  4. riderspantherssk says: May 16, 2012 12:03 PM

    Palmer may very well want T.O. as a teammate, but he’s just too smart to pull a Cutler and throw a current teammate under the bus.

  5. dcviking says: May 16, 2012 12:04 PM

    In other news, Carson Palmer indicated he’d be joining the concussion lawsuit…

  6. pixelito says: May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    That’s funny, I can’t name 2 Raider receivers.

  7. okldr8daz says: May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    So Palmer likes Owens enough that he wants to work out with him in the offseason. But not enough that he wants to be his teammate again.
    THATS KINDA LIKE A PROM NIGHT DATE!

  8. theredguy47 says: May 16, 2012 12:07 PM

    Don’t matter how much everyone hates T.O., dude can play. Yeah, he tore his ACL and hes getting older but I find it hard to believe no team is willing to even give him a look. Hes better than a good percentage of receivers in the league now. I know hes been known to be a cancer in the locker room but he produces, bottom line. Someone should sign him and give him a chance.

  9. ibottpsgoldpants says: May 16, 2012 12:13 PM

    As a Bengals fan I can confirm that Palmer has always said the right things. I see a life of politics in his future.

    You don’t compliment T.O. publically if you aren’t interested in having him as a teammate. But you also do call out your current teammates. Palmer with this was able to compliment his current guys and say he wants T.O. at the same time.

    T.O. put up good numbers with Palmer that one year with the Bengals. But T.O. also quit on routes and short armed catches giving Palmer more INTs. With that said, I think T.O. could be a nice fit in Oakland.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: May 16, 2012 12:14 PM

    I wish someone would sign T.O., he’s so much more entertaining than ochocinco.

  11. buffalomafia says: May 16, 2012 12:16 PM

    Buffalo should sign him?

  12. flavordave says: May 16, 2012 12:17 PM

    Owens is a colossal jerk with a fantastic work ethic. Sign him up for camps then cut him before opening day

  13. iknowurider72 says: May 16, 2012 12:17 PM

    Carson did the same thing to Marvin Lewis in 2010. “Please sign TO so I have more people to throw too.” That worked well. Translated from sweeping division in 2009 to 4-12 in 2010.

    Carson isn’t a strong enough leader to handle/manage a receiver like T.O.

  14. b7p19 says: May 16, 2012 12:20 PM

    “So Palmer likes Owens enough that he wants to work out with him in the offseason. But not enough that he wants to be his teammate again.”

    Um, that certainly isn’t what I took from his quotes at all. It’s one thing to “not want to be his teammate”, it’s another to say they have good young receivers on the roster already.

  15. friendlylittletrees says: May 16, 2012 12:25 PM

    pixelito says: May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    That’s funny, I can’t name 2 Raider receivers.
    ………………………………………………………………………

    They are bold… with links.

  16. rdrs68 says: May 16, 2012 12:26 PM

    why not add ocho stinko with T.O. and have the twitter twins? Great way to screw up a team on the rebound.

  17. joetoronto says: May 16, 2012 12:32 PM

    pixelito says: May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    That’s funny, I can’t name 2 Raider receivers.
    ***************************************************Ya, well ignorance can be funny sometimes.

  18. r8rsfan says: May 16, 2012 12:34 PM

    So the young players were able to see all the positives TO brings (work ethic, etc.) and none of the diva nonsense. Sounds like a win to me.

  19. infectorman says: May 16, 2012 12:37 PM

    jjackwagon says: May 16, 2012 11:59 AM

    “But not enough that he wants to be his teammate again.”

    That’s because Palmer knows what a cancer TO becomes when he doesn’t get as many plays called for him as he wants.
    __________________________________

    You’d think a guy like Palmer would want the weapons that best enable him to get to and make a run in the playoffs, considering his age and where he is in his career. Regardless of the past, Palmer won’t be in the league a a few years unless holding a clipboard, so not sure I agree with PFT on this.

  20. karl422 says: May 16, 2012 12:38 PM

    I would take T.O. over DHB anytime.

  21. tennesseeoilers says: May 16, 2012 12:42 PM

    T.O. to Carson Palmer: “Um … Have you met me?”

  22. jbaxt says: May 16, 2012 12:43 PM

    TO, even at his old age is too fast for Palmers weakening arm. Poor faidets, no draft and an overpaid/over age Qb holding the reigns. I still see you Al!

  23. commitment2excrement says: May 16, 2012 12:44 PM

    this is an excellent choice. His lack of a rap sheet hinders his chances, but his attitude sure fits Oakland.

  24. Stupid Raiders Fan says: May 16, 2012 12:50 PM

    Damn you scared me for a second with that headline. Thought he had signed

  25. bangitfootball says: May 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    Raiders arent going anywhere on Carson Palmers arm.

  26. silvernblak says: May 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    I think T.O. Could have something to contribute as far as his work ethic and the talent he can display as learning lessons for our young receivers. You would just have to sign him then gag him the whole season because it’s his bad attitude and cancerous mouth that can destroy an entire rebuilding process. Good on ya Palmer for covering your ass on this one!

  27. txraidersfan says: May 16, 2012 1:01 PM

    At this point I think it would not hurt to have TO there for league minimum. People always changed as they get older. Be good to have Moss and TO back in the bay area.

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  28. dexterismyhero says: May 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    @theredguy47 says:May 16, 2012 12:07 PM

    Don’t matter how much everyone hates T.O., dude can play. Yeah, he tore his ACL and hes getting older but I find it hard to believe no team is willing to even give him a look. Hes better than a good percentage of receivers in the league now. I know hes been known to be a cancer in the locker room but he produces, bottom line. Someone should sign him and give him a chance.
    ================================
    I didn’t realize T.O. posted on PFT. Hmmmm, nice try.

  29. tdk24 says: May 16, 2012 1:09 PM

    “iknowurider72 says:
    May 16, 2012 12:17 PM
    Carson did the same thing to Marvin Lewis in 2010. “Please sign TO so I have more people to throw too.” That worked well. Translated from sweeping division in 2009 to 4-12 in 2010.

    Carson isn’t a strong enough leader to handle/manage a receiver like T.O.”

    Name a QB that you think was strong enough to handle/manage T.O. and i’ll show you a liar.

    T.O. has been on an awful lot of teams with many different QB’s.

  30. rajbais says: May 16, 2012 1:10 PM

    People!!! Let’s admit it!!! Terrell Owens is not as bad as he is portrayed!!!

    If we see the bad sides of the classy people (McNabb, Favre, Big Ben) when they were portrayed as good for so long don’t be surprised when the bad people are better than you think!!!!

    See beneath the surface before you bash others please!!!

  31. Deb says: May 16, 2012 1:11 PM

    I’ve always known Roethlisberger shouldn’t talk much. But I’m starting to realize Palmer shouldn’t talk much, either.

  32. justjack822 says: May 16, 2012 1:12 PM

    Must not be much of a football fan pixelito, to have never heard of Darrius Heyward-Bey (even if only in a negative light after all the sturm und drang about him being picked too high, though it should be noted that last year he had more yards than either of the two receivers most people thought were so superior to him).

    Or Denarius Moore, who had 618 yards and five TDs in 13 games as a rookie.

    Or Jacoby Ford, who was hurt much of last year but was a human highlight reel as a rookie.

    Or Louis Murphy, certainly no superstar, but a solid role player.

    Or even Juron Criner, who was drafted this year and was just written about by profootballtalk yesterday.

  33. r8rsfan says: May 16, 2012 1:25 PM

    commitment2excrement says:
    May 16, 2012 12:44 PM
    this is an excellent choice. His lack of a rap sheet hinders his chances, but his attitude sure fits Oakland.
    —————————————
    If you were to do a little homework you’d see that Oakland has one of the cleanest programs around in regards to off-field legal issues. BTW – what kind of person would go by such a demeaning screen name? Someone who is completely obsessed with the Raiders, that’s who. When all you bring to the party is hate and negativity, you won’t find yourself getting very many return invites.

    RAIDER NATION.

  34. catholic9ersfan says: May 16, 2012 1:26 PM

    T.O. Gets hated on way too much. He’s better than any receiver on the raiders roster.

  35. nflfollower says: May 16, 2012 1:29 PM

    TO has a work ethic 99 percent or more of those who bash him have never and will never have. He earned everything he got before he lost it. Headcase he may be, but that guy came to play.

  36. nicosanchez02 says: May 16, 2012 1:49 PM

    As much as I like T.O it will be tough to make the roster, D.H.B and Ford already have the go routes covered D. Moore is up and coming and a beast at flank, Criner will be the red zone man and Murphy and Mcgee will battle for the next spot! But T.J did it last year so you never know!

  37. spinmovr says: May 16, 2012 1:53 PM

    I don’t think T.O. should join the Raiders this year but all of this knee-jerk reaction hate thrown at him is as entertaining as ever.

    What promising career did Owens throw away?

    He’s got a strong case for the Hall of Fame thanks to the weakened criteria for receivers (thanks Swann)

    Brett Favre can be addicted to pain killers and send lewd pictures to coworkers, Ben Roethlisberger can sexually assault random women and Tim Tebow can have more endorsements than TD passes but a special kind of hate is reserved for Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens; two guys who….have done nothing to embarrass their communities or teams. Ridiculous comments, soundbites taken out of context and missed attempts at humor are NOT as damaging as haters would have us believe.

    I don’t doubt Owens can still play but I like OAK’s group of receivers right now. We need a veteran TE before anything else.

  38. efriedo says: May 16, 2012 1:54 PM

    jbaxt says: May 16, 2012 12:43 PM

    TO, even at his old age is too fast for Palmers weakening arm.

    ************************

    Yet another example of someone who doesn’t watch football and continues to post ignorant comments.

    Palmer threw the long ball extremely well last season. Maybe if you watched the games you would know that. But you’re probably busy watching cartoons on Sundays…

  39. jimiinpa says: May 16, 2012 1:54 PM

    to all of you who say T.O. is hated on too much ; i haven’t seen one person who hated on his work ethic , skill ( besides getting old ), or heart. the killer for him is his mouth, the same thing that will probally keep him out of the HoF.he was the next generation of Eric Dickerson. great player , might have had rushing record but his mouth got him ran out of all his teams. some never learn

  40. dino2997 says: May 16, 2012 2:19 PM

    riderspantherssk says:
    May 16, 2012 12:03 PM
    Palmer may very well want T.O. as a teammate, but he’s just too smart to pull a Cutler and throw a current teammate under the bus.

    —————————————————

    I’m sure Palmer’s teammates were extremely flattered by his comments about T.O.

    As for your attempt at throwing Cutler under the bus realize that what Cutler and Palmer are doing is no different then what QB’s like P. Manning and Brady had done in the past. Motivate their teammates to utilize their talents to take the next step.

  41. getadealdonealready says: May 16, 2012 2:19 PM

    This is probably the only organization where bringing in a cancer like TO would be a good influence on others.

  42. noquickreactionshere says: May 16, 2012 2:21 PM

    govtminion says:
    May 16, 2012 11:57 AM
    “Exhibit A, gentlemen: What NOT to do with a promising football career. Take notes, test on Friday.”

    ____________________________

    Are you talking about T.O. or Carson Palmer… oh wait it doesn’t matter…. either way your right.

  43. raiderapologist says: May 16, 2012 2:21 PM

    pixelito says: May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    That’s funny, I can’t name 2 Raider receivers.

    Ignorance isn’t funny, sir, but it is courageous of you to own it.

  44. realdealsteel says: May 16, 2012 2:56 PM

    To be serious,

    A team he could help is the Ravens. You have Smith who is the deep threat on the other side and T.O. can handle the short/intermediate stuff. And Harbaugh can keep him in control.

    But that makes to much sense.

    GO STEELERS!!

  45. thebrownrelease says: May 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    I love how everyone is commenting saying how T.O. is a jerk and a bad teammate. People who have never stepped foot in a football lockerroom, except for maybe idk middle school. Ask Owens teammates if he was a good teammate and 95% would say yes. It’s crazy how all these analyst on espn and so talk about T.O. like they have a personal vendetta against the man. I for one use to not like T.O. until I stopped listening to the analysts and begin judging him on his actions, and MOST of the things that he has been critized for were way over blown. Carson Palmer would not say this on a radio show if he did not want T.O. and he would not post a picture of them after working out if he had no interest in having him as his teammate. At the same time Carson didn’t want to put down any of his wide receivers but you can book it that Carson is lobbying for Owens to join him. By the way does Oakland have a receiver that comes close to doing what Owens is capable of??? Didn’t think so.

  46. beelicker says: May 16, 2012 3:23 PM

    Too bad this stellar commitment doesn’t extend to “winning football” details like keeping both feet inbounds on critical 3rd down catches or shielding DBs with his body

    … or maintaining focus on little flat routes so that he didn’t turn attention upfield to run with the ball BEFORE catching & securing it, thus leading to maddening unforced drops when nobody was anywhere near him

    … or keeping opponents from making a critical pick6 by making like a DB when the ball would be slightly off target to him

    … or learning the playbook better than any number of vet DBs in division who obviously had better awareness of where Palmer would be throwing to spots than T.O. bothered to commit to memory & thus BE THERE himself, first.

    This is the stuff that would be made painfully (or gleefully, if you were devising your game plans as an upcoming opponent or potential candidate for retaining the services of TO) aware in the meeting rooms after the fact that would likely never be mentioned by any team personnel to the press … and why teams would move on w/o TO.

  47. rajbais says: May 16, 2012 3:25 PM

    Btw, it’s okay for Carson to say that T.O. is not needed for Oakland because Gregg Knapp is there!!!!

    Knapp and Owens have a history, but Knapp aint that great of an offensive coordinator!!!! He’s had three straight failures at OC ever since he left San Francisco!!!

    Plus, Terrell Owens wants to win a Super Bowl!!! Oakland is unlikely to go there this year!!! Do you think T.O. really wants to play for the Silver & Black???

  48. sjoyner59 says: May 16, 2012 3:28 PM

    provided his knee is heeled up T.O. is still good enough to easily be on a NFL roster,he hasn’t caused any trouble in quite some time so I would like to see him get a shot with some team

  49. 808raiderinparadise says: May 16, 2012 3:37 PM

    pixelito says:
    May 16, 2012 12:06 PM
    That’s funny, I can’t name 2 Raider receivers.

    ———
    Prob cuz they blow by your teams DB’s too fast

  50. mullman7675 says: May 16, 2012 4:08 PM

    @pixelito: pay attention. RAIDERS have good young receivers in Moore, Ford and DHB. Criner will be next…

  51. rockthered1286 says: May 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    @justjack822 – I think he was noting that there are no NOTABLE receivers on the Raiders team.

    DHB- great at Maryland, trust me I watched him every game back then, but for his draft position a bust. (Torrey Smith is FAR superior)

    Jacoby Ford- All speed, not great hands, not great route running, primarily a return guy (where the majority of his TD’s came from)

    Louis Murphy- Can’t stay on the field. Injury issues and a #3 at best.

    I’ll credit Moore, he’s a solid wideout. Certaintly not a guy you’ll be talking about with the Wallace’s, Fitz’s and Megatron’s of the league, but still a solid player. And judging Criner to this point is assanine considering we’re talking no pads, no contact.

    Overall not a bad core of guys, just a very average group.

  52. granadafan says: May 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    “thebrownrelease says: May 16, 2012 3:09 PM
    I love how everyone is commenting saying how T.O. is a jerk and a bad teammate. People who have never stepped foot in a football lockerroom, except for maybe idk middle school. Ask Owens teammates if he was a good teammate and 95% would say yes. ”
    ============================================

    Do you have some polls or stats to back up that statement about 95% of his teammates saying that TO was a good teammate? Teams know what a cancer TO is. Otherwise they would have re-signed a player who caught almost 1000 yards. Teams overlook a lot of off field transgressions as long as they produce. There’s a darn good reason why they won’t sign TO or give him a look. He’s a cancer, a loudmouth, and turns on teammates and coaches.

  53. chilomane says: May 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    Blake Griffin will not sign T.O.

  54. phillyforlife says: May 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    theredguy47 says: May 16, 2012 12:07 PM

    Don’t matter how much everyone hates T.O., dude can play. Yeah, he tore his ACL and hes getting older but I find it hard to believe no team is willing to even give him a look. Hes better than a good percentage of receivers in the league now. I know hes been known to be a cancer in the locker room but he produces, bottom line. Someone should sign him and give him a chance.
    ——————————————————

    The fact that no team even wants to work him out shows what you dont know about him.

  55. phillyforlife says: May 16, 2012 5:08 PM

    granadafan says: May 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    “thebrownrelease says: May 16, 2012 3:09 PM
    I love how everyone is commenting saying how T.O. is a jerk and a bad teammate. People who have never stepped foot in a football lockerroom, except for maybe idk middle school. Ask Owens teammates if he was a good teammate and 95% would say yes. ”
    —————————————————–
    Again you are not a GM and have no idea why he has been BLACKBALLED from the NFL, But real football people do and thats enough for me.

  56. ez4me55 says: May 16, 2012 5:36 PM

    My original post got removed for whatever reason. So let’s just say that Carson was a disruption in Cincinnati and recommended T.O. got his wish and the team imploded. So believe him if you want, as for me I see him as a prevaricator and a big baby…Can’t wait to greet him at PBS.

  57. dino2997 says: May 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Why is Carson Palmer considered a good teammate? Has it been forgotten that he refused to play for the Bengals because he didn’t think they were good enough.

    The irony of it all of course, is that the Bengals made the playoffs and have a seemingly bright future while the Raiders didn’t and had to cut quite a few players to stay under the cap.

  58. tucson9er says: May 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    I’m not a Raiders fan nor a fan of TO but here’s a thought, TO isn’t being sought out, has played in a minor league of football and is publicly being called out. He should be smart enough to come to the conclusion that this may be it for him, so he may stop the antics and be a player. That may be a long shot but he’s in the same boat as Randy Moss. He still has something to prove, if nothing more then he still has it and can contribute when necessary. I may be completely off base but at league minimum or heavy incentive based salary he might work out.

  59. gbmickey says: May 16, 2012 10:14 PM

    Raider nation one thing I believe you can count on with McKenzie having been with the Packers for so long is that he will not deal with a headcase. Mark my words he will do everything to make it a respected first class organization.

  60. slapyourselfstupid says: May 18, 2012 12:59 PM

    Raider nation one thing I believe you can count on

    joetoronto says:
    May 16, 2012 12:32 PM
    pixelito says: May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    That’s funny, I can’t name 2 Raider receivers.
    ***************************************************Ya, well ignorance can be funny sometimes.

    Ya, well, you live in Toronto. Nuff said.

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