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Terrell Owens working out, staying ready

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Terrell Owens hasn’t appeared in an NFL regular-season game since 2010. At 39, getting another chance to play football at the highest level is far from assured.

That said, if an NFL team shows interest, Owens has indicated he will be ready.

In an interview with CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan on Friday, Owens said he’s “keeping myself in shape just for any opportunity that may come about.”

Owens also praised the coaching ability of Bears head coach Marc Trestman, who was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1996 — Owens’ rookie season in San Francisco.

“Coach Trestman has a great football mind and he will get the most out of the talent the Bears have.” Owens told Kaplan. “Guys like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte will be even better playing for Coach Trestman.”

Owens, who is in Chicago for a charity basketball game on Saturday, also declared his interest in playing for the Bears — an idea he said he got from a conversation with former Raiders, Vikings and Chiefs linebacker Napoleon Harris, now an Illinois state senator and Owens’ workout mate on Friday.

Said Owens: “I would definitely welcome it if they would give it some serious consideration.” He told CSN Chicago that a tandem that included him and Marshall would be “really dangerous.”

The Seahawks released Owens last August less than three weeks after signing him. Whether he catches on with another club remains to be seen, but he’s doing what he can to create interest — and he’s apparently keeping up with his training.

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  1. fin72 says: Apr 19, 2013 7:53 PM

    In an interview with CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan on Friday, Owens said he’s “keeping myself in shape just for any opportunity that may come about.”

    I think he meant to say “any opportunity that may NOT come about”.

  2. steviemo says: Apr 19, 2013 7:54 PM

    Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

  3. miguelromerorhpat says: Apr 19, 2013 7:55 PM

    ”hoping for another shot” ….MAYBE in the Arena Football League!!

  4. miguelromerorhpat says: Apr 19, 2013 7:56 PM

    you must accept a role in the nfl network,cbs or fox..its time mr owens,face it..every player has his day!!!

  5. ooginator says: Apr 19, 2013 8:00 PM

    At this point, he would play for anyone who offered him a hot meal.

  6. dukepatrol says: Apr 19, 2013 8:02 PM

    The Jets will be desperate and he may wind up with them

  7. footballfan77 says: Apr 19, 2013 8:07 PM

    Honestly i would not mind signing him at the veterans minimum, whats wrong with giving him a shot its not like your losing anything by signing him

  8. bluepower77 says: Apr 19, 2013 8:12 PM

    I’d rather sign keyshawn Johnson

  9. thehatefulnerd says: Apr 19, 2013 8:16 PM

    “Staying ready” by continuing to run his mouth to the press?

  10. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 19, 2013 8:16 PM

    TO’s conditioning has never been the question.

    It’s his attitude (which he seems to have reformed) and his hands.

  11. dalucks says: Apr 19, 2013 8:20 PM

    A pros pro. Always ready to play. Always shows up to show out.
    First ballot HOF.
    Still the best FA WR available.

  12. vikesfansteve says: Apr 19, 2013 8:37 PM

    Percy Harvin needs to pay close attention to T.O. because with his attitude he is heading down the same path.

  13. huskersrock1 says: Apr 19, 2013 8:37 PM

    TO should have saved some of those 25 million reasons and he wouldn’t be begging a club for a job.

    In other news it sounds like Napoleon Harris is on a glide path to the white house. Here is some advice; stand for nothing and vote present 50% of the time then run for senate.

  14. bbking0420 says: Apr 19, 2013 8:41 PM

    Terrell Owens would be a wonderful thing playing for my Chicago Bears!!!!He can easily take the role devin hester had since hester will only stick to special teams.Owens be a definite upgrade with Marshall.The bears should it!!!

  15. power808 says: Apr 19, 2013 8:52 PM

    him and Rodman should start a basketball league in North Korea

  16. EJ says: Apr 19, 2013 9:04 PM

    I’d love it if Buffalo re-signed Owens. I guarantee that he could still out-do half of the Receivers in the league.

  17. mullman76 says: Apr 19, 2013 9:11 PM

    It’s important to stay in shape.

  18. phooteballs says: Apr 19, 2013 9:21 PM

    If he spent half as much time being a father to any of his children as he did trying to convince himself any NFL team would want him he had have a chance of being a decent human.

  19. bowmanj35 says: Apr 19, 2013 9:23 PM

    hit too hard in the head… needs to throw his name into concussion lawsuit…

  20. mossnomore says: Apr 19, 2013 9:29 PM

    I think it is at least somewhat noteworthy that Napoleon Harris is a Senator now. Maybe the article could have been about him, and then segue into Terrell Owens with something about what Harris is going to do about unemployment.

  21. philly4lyfe says: Apr 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    if you really want him, he’s all yours.

  22. therealpittbull says: Apr 19, 2013 9:46 PM

    I worked out this morning, ran a couple of routes with my son, did some pushups looking for dust balls under the coach, and some minor situps fixing the toilet. Hey T.O., where in the dame league!

  23. abninf says: Apr 19, 2013 9:50 PM

    In a strange way I would like to see him get another shot. I almost, not quite, miss him in Dallas. Being a drama queen killed his legacy.

  24. jayquintana says: Apr 19, 2013 9:54 PM

    “Okay, Donovan, Jeff, you guys can stop laughing now. You’ve been laughing your behinds off as soon as the article was posted. “

  25. strokeytheclown says: Apr 19, 2013 10:10 PM

    My goodness what a friggin ego! We don’t want you, go away!

  26. mancave001 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:16 PM

    The beginning of the end was his 2005 Eagles meltdown. He showed some flash with the Cowboys, but eventually flamed out and showed steep decline his last few years with the Bungals and the Team Formerly Formerly Known as the Buffalo Bills. Signing him would be a real risk to. any locker room. That said, I’d kind of like to see him make a comeback. If any 39 year old can do it, he can.

  27. jets4gold says: Apr 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    denial can be a bad thing

  28. draconian1111 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:43 PM

    I’m more concerned about his locker room presence than his playing – even at the age of 39.
    TO has always been a beast and not afraid to take the hit while crossing the middle.

    If a team can get him reasonably – and avoid the locker room cancer – why not? Even though he is brash and whatnot – he WANTS to play and has the physical ability. Put him in the slot or as a TE (non-blocking of course) – whatever you have to do to get him against a LB in space. Big mismatch.
    There had been reports that his antics had calmed down in his later years – their accuracy – who knows..?

  29. draconian1111 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:48 PM

    Just keep in mind that HIS 39 is not the same as YOUR 39 (or my 47 – good lord). His 39 is probably about by 20 – and I was in basic training then.

  30. firestarter0728 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:51 PM

    TO is keeping himself ready – to totally alienate the fans, players, coaches, and ownership of yet another team that gives him an opportunity. What team wouldn’t jump at the chance to sign him?

  31. metalhead65 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:56 PM

    the last thing the bears need is this distraction. they finally have a coach who knows offense is part of the game and they do not need the distraction from a it’s all about me guy. he has had all the chances anyone should have and he ended up doing the same thing at every stop. newsflash terrell it is not the leagues fault you lost all your money and have all those kids yu never see to take care of. and then there is that whole being washed up thing to, so from a bears fan we say no thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. 2fleas says: Apr 19, 2013 11:02 PM

    Isn’t he broke? Not to mention 700 years old, bad injury, locker room poison and can’t catch anymore. Go get him Redskins! Logical will proclaim him as the 2nd best receiver in the league. Behind garçon, of course. Then they will be on their way to dominate! /sarc

  33. jprcox says: Apr 19, 2013 11:02 PM

    Seriously, what does Owens do after football? Sell cars? I wouldn’t buy anything from him worried he’d freak out on me…

  34. dirtysouthniner says: Apr 19, 2013 11:17 PM

    I love him in camp!!

  35. cameraguy76 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:20 PM

    If he wants to work in Chicago, I am sure White Castle is hiring.

  36. tungo0516 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:30 PM

    He may be a cancer in the locker room among his teammates, but he is cancer free when it comes to his work ethic.

    He’s still going hard at his age and you can’t knock him for that. Simply one of the best, and could have very well been the best if he was a team player.

  37. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:31 PM

    Every team has 3 main receivers, 2 outside and 1 slot receiver. With that said, it’s hard to believe there are 96 starting NFL WR’s better than Terrell Owens.

  38. drdre8424 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:34 PM

    TO needs to put football behind him. all these corny reality shows need D-level celebs, not trying to be mean but going that route is probably best for him.

  39. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:51 PM

    I’d sign him just for his followers to buy my teams gear. He is awesome but he has a huge ego. Wish you would just stayed with the miners and helped search for talent big guy.. wish you health and prosperity Mr. Owens, but you need to realize your place in the world, it just wasn’t in the stars

  40. lightofkolob says: Apr 19, 2013 11:58 PM

    If he had only kept his mouth shut in Philly….He’d probably still be there with Donovan Mcnabb.

  41. jebdamone says: Apr 20, 2013 12:24 AM

    i agree with abninf. owens is an A$$ but he is equally entertaining as he is absurd and no one can deny at times he was as unstoppable as any WO that has played the game. rarely cheered for a team that he was on but as a total Randy homer I appreciate TO.

  42. alxgmz says: Apr 20, 2013 12:38 AM

    Teams know you can still play T.O. What teams are concerned about is your number of bridges you burned down. Teams don’t see you as a mentor, they see you as a progress killer. You did it to yourself. Sad but true. Thumb me down haters!

  43. sourdoughsam says: Apr 20, 2013 12:56 AM

    It’s too bad he never grew up. People forget how great of a player he was in his prime – the last few years in San Francisco and that first year in Philly. He may have been a Hall of Famer if he didn’t let his antics overshadow his play. At tis point, I will be surprised if he gets in when once he becomes eligible.

  44. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 20, 2013 1:21 AM

    The poor guy is out of his mind.
    He’s getting to be pathetic.

  45. iamthorny says: Apr 20, 2013 1:32 AM

    Hey TO…

    When it comes to all future NFL seasons…Get your popcorn ready. Literally.

  46. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:51 AM

    Still not sure why the Seahawks cut TO and kept Braylon Edwards last year. TO was still getting separation last preseason and can still play. I’d take him over Randy Moss or any other older receiver.

  47. dlmcc1010 says: Apr 20, 2013 2:03 AM

    Please stop with the give him another shot idea. Even without the circus, this guy has a bad case of the drops that’s why even a WR starved team like Seattle cut him. Its just time for him to hang them up. Even considering all the drama with him over the years he has managed to have a really awesome career. I never got the impression this guy was out spending thousands at the club so im sure money isn’t a huge issue for him. Enjoy your retirement T.O. sometimes its just time to hang them up

  48. thekingdave says: Apr 20, 2013 2:07 AM

    I get the feeling the whole purpose of the article was to incite a moronic post from dalucks

  49. granadafan says: Apr 20, 2013 2:49 AM

    Terrell is discovering what the meaning of the word karma is. What goes around, comes around. The guy is in great physical shape and works hard on the field. However, his mouth has finally caught up with him. GMs have long memories and know who the cancers are: TO, Ocho, Tiki.

  50. chi01town says: Apr 20, 2013 5:19 AM

    I still belive T.O can make a play!
    Emery why not look T.O over? he is
    a nightmare for greenbay

  51. arkadyrenko says: Apr 20, 2013 7:41 AM

    Ok, Terrell, thanks for getting in touch. We’ve got your information on file, and we’ll definitely be in contact if anything opens up that you’re suitable for.

    We do get a lot of interest, so if you wouldn’t mind, please address all future public statements, press conferences, etc., to that brick wall over there.


  52. ericn42000 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:52 AM

    Your NFL career is over T.O. Realize the reality of your age, move on go apply at Mc Donald’s!!

  53. xinellum says: Apr 20, 2013 9:57 AM

    Welcome to PFT’s 2050 edition of the mock draft and on another note, Terrell Owens at 97 is still trying to make an NFL team. Owens hasn’t played since 2010 and hasn’t been considered by the HOF since 2035. Owens holds out hope the son of the son of the son of Mark Trestman may give him a tryout.

  54. jr507 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:00 AM

    excited to see Tebow bounce passes to him in the Arena league

  55. respectgsh says: Apr 20, 2013 11:03 AM

    TO has drive, determination, and is in great shape. I say the Bears should hire him as a groundskeeper if he can maintain the field half as well as he does his body….

  56. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    I hear TruTv is hiring. You can sit next to Tonya Harding.

  57. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    Hey, nothing wrong with old guys keeping in shape: my grandpa swims a half mile every day– and he’s still going strong at 90. Of course, I don’t think he’s still hoping for a tryout.

  58. neva4get5 says: Apr 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    @ lightofkolob

    Can you please scream out that statement again about TO keeping his mouth shut!!!! I’ve been saying that for almost 10 years now. No one feels SORRY for U T.O…… You nor your BABY MAMAS!!

  59. mrgrode says: Apr 20, 2013 11:52 AM

    In other news, I am working out, staying ready

  60. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 20, 2013 1:00 PM

    EJ says: Apr 19, 2013 9:04 PM

    I’d love it if Buffalo re-signed Owens. I guarantee that he could still out-do half of the Receivers in the league.

    laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:31 PM

    Every team has 3 main receivers, 2 outside and 1 slot receiver. With that said, it’s hard to believe there are 96 starting NFL WR’s better than Terrell Owens.

    sweetnlow44 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:51 AM

    Still not sure why the Seahawks cut TO and kept Braylon Edwards last year. TO was still getting separation last preseason and can still play. I’d take him over Randy Moss or any other older receiver.


    He was in camp with Seattle last year, his contract was 1 year/vet min. He lost a 3-way competition between himself, Antonio Bryant, and Braylon Edwards for the 4th WR slot.

    TO comported himself well, reportedly there were no locker-room issues.

    If you’re a die hard TO fan, it’s worth your while to dig up tape of the ‘Hawks 2012 preseason. It’s the last time you’ll see him on an NFL field. Dude can no longer ball, time to put all that to bed. He ran with the #1s, and he got plenty of targets. He did not adjust well to the ball in the air, and looked stiff and very very old trying to do so. He also had an epic case of the drive-killer drops.

    I wondered at the time if Pete Carrol wasn’t using TO as a teaching tool. Like, here’s a superstar, name recognition guy, with loads of past accomplishments. Let’s give him an opportunity, force the ball to him a half dozen times and see what happens. Whoops, didn’t get it done. Son, in this system we compete every day, we don’t coast on rep alone here, thanks for coming, clean out your locker.

  61. iowahbr says: Apr 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    this is off subject but it would be great for the Bears to get Tebow and TO. Not sure they would help much but it sure would make life more fun for the reporters who have to cover the Bears and we would have much more to commnet about besides Bears vs. Packers, why Hester never learned his routes, and is Cutler a good QB. My guess is that Tebow can be had for 1/2 a song right now.

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