Terrell Owens Close to Signing Deal...with the Allen Wranglers?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Terrell Owens has been linked to the NFL lately, and more specifically to the San Francisco 49ers. He is close to signing a deal...but not with an NFL team.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Owens is close to signing a deal that would make him the part owner, CEO and wide receiver for the Allen Wranglers, a team in the Indoor Football League.

This is a far cry from the news we've all been hearing as of late. It also shows how done Owens' career is in the NFL. 

Wranglers head coach Pat Pimmel had this to say about this becoming a reality:

At first everybody thought it was a big joke but it wasn't a big joke. It's serious. It's real close. I think it will be within the next week or so. He would have never got his agent involved in it if he wasn't thinking about it. He can still play, you know that.

The offer being extended to Owens is reportedly between $250,000 to $500,000. This doesn't sound like much compared to the kind of money wide receivers make in the NFL, but it is a small fortune to Wranglers owner, Jon Frankel.

Owens would be playing with men who will be getting paid in free housing, free food and $225 a game, with an extra $250 given out for wins.

I'm wondering if Owens' fame, fortune and attitude might rub some of those guys the wrong way.

Either way, Owens would be back in the limelight, a place he seems eager to live. He would certainly give the Wranglers some buzz...for a while.

Honestly, I think this is just the final stage of a sad career that could have been so much better. It is also a clear indication that Owens' time in the NFL is officially over.