Terrell Owens signs one-year deal with Seahawks after Monday tryout



Terrell Eldorado Owens last caught an NFL pass on Dec. 12, 2010. He did so for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 23-7 loss. It was a 22-yarder against one of the NFL’s best defenses, and some 37-year-old receivers would consider that a good way to go out. Not T.O., though. After rehabbing a knee injury and entering into a contentious relationship with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, Owens finally has the shot he’s been waiting for.

The Seattle Seahawks brought Owens into their Renton, Wash., facility on Monday to see what the six-time Pro Bowler had left in the tank. As one source told Shutdown Corner, Owens ran a 4.5-40 in his Seahawks workout, and the team started to talk terms. Per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Owens has agreed to a one-year deal with Seattle.

When Shutdown Corner caught up with Owens in early July at Travelle Gaines’ training facility in Los Angeles, he seemed relaxed and confident regarding his recovery from injury, and his eventual return to the league.

“I’ve been trying to keep in shape since I had my knee surgery, I started my rehab in Carson [Calif.] with Athletes Performance, and Travelle was very instrumental in that process,” Owens said. “Along with some of the guys in Pensacola, Florida. But I developed a great relationship with Travelle, and we’re going to continue that here at Performance Gaines.”

But how much does Owens have to offer, even if he manages to be a good citizen on and off the field?

He caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bengals in 2010, but in his October 2011 post-surgery public workout — which brought more interest from the NFL Network than from the NFL itself — Owens looked like a player still very much on the mend. He struggled to accelerate and get separation, and seemed a step slow through the process. Perhaps a healthier Owens will have more to give.

“I know how the business works,” Owens told Shutdown Corner. “I’m just hoping that someone can give me a chance. I’m just going to continue to work hard, training camp is going to come up here pretty soon, there are going to be injuries, and things of that nature. I know that there are some teams that need a veteran receiver — whether it’s a No. 1, 2 or 3 — I feel like I can fill all those voids.”

After recently releasing Mike Williams, the Seahawks have been looking for another big receiver who can be physical against press coverage and find holes in intermediate routes. They brought Antonio Bryant in for a cup of coffee, but released him over the weekend. They brought Braylon Edwards in, and Edwards has looked pretty good so far.



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