IFL Football: What Happened to Terrell Owens?

Jason HurleyContributor IIJanuary 19, 2012

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 17:  Terrel Owens, wide receiver for the the Dallas Cowboys, warms up before a match against the Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas on September 17, 2006.  Dallas won 27 - 10. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Terrell Owens has announced that he has reached a deal and will play football in the 2012 season—with the Indoor Football League. 

T.O. announced via a video on his twitter page Wednesday evening that he has come to an agreement with the Allen Wranglers of the IFL and will play for them in the this Spring. The deal reportedly could be worth as much as $500,000, in addition to part ownership in the franchise.

"This is a very exciting event in the history of the Indoor Football League," stated IFL Commissioner Tommy Benizio. 

"The caliber of players in the IFL has grown to a remarkable level. The addition of Owens is a huge step in continuing on that path."

Last Fall, T.O. scoffed at an offer from the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League and did not take the offer seriously. T.O. continued to hold workouts for NFL teams, but in the end he never landed on a roster. It seems no one was interested in the talented, yet sometimes toxic receiver.

The IFL is the largest indoor football league with 17 teams in 16 states. While the league is not as well known as the AFL, they continue to gain ground in the indoor football market.

The Allen Wranglers will begin their second season with a new high-profile receiver that is sure to give the IFL more attention, and rattle their AFL competitor.