On Wednesday, Owens explained to NFL Network that he currently doesn’t have an NFL job (despite nearly 2,900 available roster spots in the offseason) in part because teams currently are signing young players, and that they’ll focus on veterans as training camp approaches and opens.
Regardless of whether Owens currently is more talented than any, some, or all of them (and he very well may be), Hagan, Henderson, and Stallworth have jobs. Owens doesn’t.
Perhaps not coincidentally, none of those three had been publicly whining about “politics” keeping them from getting jobs.
And that’s the irony. Owens’ effort to publicly blame his past transgressions on his present unemployment could be the one thing that is keeping teams from concluding that he truly has changed.
Indeed, if Owens no longer were the chronic complainer that he’d been throughout his career, he wouldn’t be complaining about the fact that he doesn’t have a job with an NFL team because people are holding his past complaining against him.