NFL Free Agency: Will Terrell Owens Ever Play in the NFL Again?

Josh TrueloveCorrespondent IIIMay 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14: Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off of the field following the Bengals 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 23-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The big news of Randy Moss signing with the San Francisco 49ers in March left us all asking the same question:

What about T.O.?

Terrell Owens missed all of the last NFL season due to a severe ACL injury. Known as an abnormally fast healer, a lot of people expected Owens to recover in time to play towards the end of the season.

Unfortunately for Owens and his fans, it never happened. T.O. put on nationally broadcasted workout for NFL teams to see towards the end of the season, but he was noticeably limping in pain. With the injury, at his age, teams are still skeptical to give Owens a call. How quick would you be willing to sign a 38-year-old wide receiver just coming off of ACL surgery? 

The injury is not the only reason Terrell Owens is not finding work. Owens' attitude and immaturity have always plagued him. So much, in fact, that some people actually have the audacity to question his Hall of Fame status. While Terrell is always dominantly productive, T.O. is not an easy teammate to get along with. Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Tony Romo, Trent Edwards (with good reason) and Carson Palmer all make the list of quarterbacks to be thrown under the bus by T.O. According to Owens, nothing has ever been his fault, and nothing will ever be his fault. 

Terrell's attitude does not necessarily make him a bad guy. He is not a mean person. He is not a guy looking to hurt people's feelings. He is simply an insecure, immature, massive competitor who wears his emotions on his sleeve.  

Recently, Terrell has embarrassingly joined the Indoor Football League. He has come out and said he is broke and lonely. He has attempted suicide, although he denies it, twice. He most recently was on Dr. Phil to discuss how he is broke, owes child support and is not allowed to see his children. 

Even with his baggage, there is no denying how freakishly talented Terrell Owens is. His last season he played, at 36 years old, Owens finished with 72 catches, 983 yards, and nine touchdowns in 14 games. The future Hall of Famer is still capable of being productive in the NFL. 

With all of the headaches Terrell Owens causes, with all of the unnecessary attention he brings to himself and his teams and all of the immaturity he possesses, it is easy to see why he is out of work right now. That does not mean he cannot help a team, though. 

Obviously any team trying to rebuild, or that has a young quarterback, needs to stay as far away from Owens as they can. But teams trying to win now, with experienced quarterbacks, could use T.O. more than people realize.

Will Terrell Owens find a job in the NFL? Probably not, but there are teams who could use him.