The last time that Terrell Owens played an NFL game was for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 – a year in which he turned in a respectable 72 catches, 983 yards and 9 touchdowns. However, offseason knee surgery, age, and Owens’ typical antics ruined that one-year union.
Since then, the five-time All-Pro receiver has been on an odyssey that’s led him from the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers to the Seattle Seahawks – none of which resulted in an NFL regular season roster spot. But even at the age of 39, Owens hasn’t given up on his NFL dreams and is hoping that the Chicago Bears will give him a shot.
One big reason why T.O. seems fixated on the Bears is because of their new head coach, Marc Trestman. While Owens was a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996, Trestman was the Niners offensive coordinator. Of course, he admits that it’s been a long time since the two have spoken.
Trestman isn’t the only person who has T.O. thinking he can suit up for the Bears. While participating in a McLegends charity basketball event in Chicago, Owens worked out with former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris. After their workout and a lengthy conversation, Owens came out feeling like he’d be a good fit for the Bears. He said, “To think about (Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall) on the other side and me on one side, that’s really dangerous. I’m keeping myself in shape just for any opportunity that may come about.”
The Marshall-Owens combination might be really dangerous for more reasons than just on-field production. Pretty much everywhere T.O. goes turns into a circus at some point in the season. Sure there’s always talk about how this year is going to be different and he’ll blend in with teammates and coaches. But every time, it’s the same thing – clashes with teammates, blasting coaches through the media, and several off-field antics.
As for the Marc Trestman connection, well the former Montreal Alouettes coach last worked with Owens 17 years ago. Furthermore, it’s difficult to see the first-time NFL head coach wanting to take the Owens challenge in his initial season. This is especially the case with all the pressure there is to make the playoffs in 2013.
Of course, the latter is also a reason to give T.O. a look because, even at the age of 39, he’s still believed to have plenty of ability. He’s only two years removed from leading the Bengals in receiving yards and kept sharp with the Wranglers and Seahawks (preseason) over the past two years.
Harris attested to Owens’ athletic ability by telling SportsNet, “The guy was a great player and he is in tremendous physical shape. We worked out this morning and after we ran five miles, he did sprints and lifted and he looks great. The Bears would be smart to give him an opportunity. He is motivated and ready to play.”
It’s not hard to believe that Terrell Owens is motivated and ready to play. However, the question is if he’ll be ready to mesh with teammates and listen to the coaching staff.