You might be shocked to hear this, but not a lot of NFL teams are interested in watching Terrell Owens run around a field shirtless. Or, alternately, they're not interested in signing him -- not a single team showed up to the workout Owens had in California on Tuesday.
Owens agent Drew Rosenhaus said prior to the workout that he wouldn't be surprised if teams avoided the trip to California, but chalked the absence of personnel people more to an ability to watch video of Owens than a lack of interest in the player. Owens sounded more realistic.
"I only need one team," Owens said. "I only need one chance."
Physically, Owens looked in impressive shape given his age -- he'll be 38 in December -- and looked quick.
"I don't feel as old as my age actually is," Owens said. "Honestly, you're only as old as what people say you are."
No one's ever doubted Owens skill, regardless of his age. The bigger problem is that Owens is a notorious pain when it comes to his locker-room presence, and that's something that a contending team isn't likely to deal with, unless it's desperate.
What kind of team would that be? Well, the Titans have expressed interest in Owens, but even Rosenhaus admitted that it was a "running interest" (read: alternately hot and cold) and they're a possibility for the wideout because Kenny Britt's done for the year.
But although Owens put up nice numbers in Cincinnati last year, he wasn't exactly an explosive downfield threat, much less a true No. 1 wideout, which is what Tennessee needs.
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How about the Raiders? Well, Owens, who played with Carson Palmer last year, wouldn't rule it out.
"Well, I'm very familiar with Carson and if that situation comes up, then definitely I'll have to assess that and talk with my agent," Owens said. "But at this point and at this stage in my career I definitely want to go to a contender. I want to compete for a Super Bowl."
But that doesn't mean he wouldn't play for a non-contender.
"No I'm not going to give up," Owens said about the possibility of retiring if a contender wasn't interested.
He might have to consider giving up, though. There's probably no more than a 20-percent chance that an NFL team signs him, but like T.O. said, maybe there's a chance.
Although if he's at the point where he's filming himself playing football, it might be time to get concerned he's crossed into Uncle Rico territory.
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