Terrell Owens still wants to play in the NFL this season, and still believes he’s going to. But he says a return to the Cowboys is out of the question because of Tony Romo.
In an interview on the Ben and Skin Show, Owens was asked to give his thoughts about Romo, the quarterback he played with for three seasons in Dallas. At first, Owens declined to answer.
“Oh, my God,” Owens said, after a long pause. “OK, uh, next question.”
When pressed, however, Owens mentioned the time he tearfully defended Romo following a playoff loss in 2008, and he said that he lost respect for Romo because Romo didn’t have his back.
“With that situation, dude, I’ve kind of lost my respect for that situation,” Owens said. “Man, that’s a guy I shed tears for, I went to bat for. Then obviously, ultimately I’m not in Dallas anymore and I know he definitely had a hand in that. So, again, it’s one of those things that you kind of just have to bite your tongue and keep moving on, you know what I mean?”
Owens also reiterated his past complaints about Romo throwing to his good buddy Jason Witten too much and throwing to Owens not enough.
“I just happened to be one of those guys that really voiced my opinion,” Owens said. “I wasn’t the only one who thought that way. There were games that other guys were open. I wasn’t saying that to get the ball thrown to me a lot more times, I was all about winning. . . . I think if you really ask my teammates that they’ll really convey that and they’ll tell you honestly that’s what I’m about.”
Maybe some of Owens’ teammates would say that, but many of Owens’ teammates would say he’s more trouble than he’s worth. But Owens says he’s sure he has built up enough good will around the league that some team will want him this year.
“I know I’ll be somewhere during the course of the season, it’s just a matter of playing this waiting game and staying in shape,” Owens said. “I know I’m capable of playing this year.”
The only question is whether any team is capable of putting up with Owens.