Former 49ers WR Terrell Owens Wants to Finish Career in San Francisco
Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens spoke with the guys at 95.7 The Game, which is the Bay Area's leading sports radio—where Owens stated he would love to return to the Niners. In an interview which airs Monday at 5:15 p.m. PT, the NFL's sixth all-time receptions leader made it clear that he's open to a reunion with the 49ers.
Owens is one of the most distinguished receivers to ever play in the NFL, with the records to back it up. Unfortunately, he often conducted himself in a manner that earned the ire of his teammates and people closest to him. But Owens is looking for a last chance and would prefer that it be with San Francisco.
"Would I have loved to have ended my career there, obviously signing a 1 or 2 year deal, absolutely. I think that definitely would've been enough motivation for me to perform at a high level but I'm going to do that regardless but to end your career where you started that would've been icing on the cake. It is what it is at this point. I don't make those decisions and they were well aware I was out there so they felt they had the best man on their roster"
With Randy Moss, the only concerns were whether or not he would be giving full effort. Owens has had surgery within the last year to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and is also notorious for being a disruption with his history of character defects.
Moss is less of a risk and more of a reward than Owens if he pans out.
And while Owens may have left with bad blood between him and the franchise, coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't have anything against him. However, the 49ers are now loaded at wide receiver and have enough talent that's younger, healthier and more explosive.
Five of Owens' eight years in San Francisco resulted in 1,000-plus-yard seasons. Arguably his most shining moment was when he made "The Catch II" in the 1998 NFC Wild Card Game against the Green Bay Packers to advance. It was a very emotional redemption moment for Owens who had multiple drops that game but caught the game-winner from then-quarterback Steve Young.
In his last season in the NFL, Owens had a fairly decent year with Carson Palmer, recording 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He hasn't aged much since those numbers, which might indicate he can still perform in the right situation. But it's highly unlikely that opportunity will be there for him in San Francisco—no matter how bad he may want to finish his career where it started.
In his journey, he burned a lot of bridges and may be just feeling the backlash from it now. Getting Owens on a team would be a favor from someone in the league, but it doesn't seem like anyone is willing to extend that olive branch. If Owens does land with a team in 2012, it will likely be due to injuries mid-season.
At this point, Owens is only a member of the Indoor Football League's Allen Wranglers. It's not restricting him from joining an NFL team, but it certainly hasn't helped him as of yet.
"If I had to prefer a team I'd probably want to end where I started but other than that, that's not possible, but at the same time, anything can happen."
Owens is staying positive, and I do think he deserves a chance; I just don't agree that it should be with the 49ers. San Francisco has a full house, and it's going to be tough to make roster cuts as is. There would be no need to waste a roster spot on Owens—no matter how interesting the combination of Owens and Moss are.
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