Terrell Owens Confirms Release from Seattle Seahawks

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2012

Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens (10) stands with his teammates during pregame warmups against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
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The Terrell Owens experiment has ended in Seattle, with the Seahawks releasing the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver before the regular season even began.

Owens confirmed the release on his Twitter account Sunday afternoon:

I'm no longer a Seahawk. I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) Aug. 26, 2012

Owens' return to the NFL never got off the ground. After hosting a workout that left franchises impressed, Owens failed to live up to those expectations when the time came.

And now, Seattle has opted to go another direction. Owens has more than 1,000 career catches, nearly 16,000 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns in his career, but that didn't deter the team's front office.

Owens was ineffective in preseason. He didn't play in Week 1 at all, and he failed to catch a single pass on five targets in Week 2 against the Broncos.

He didn't look ready to play, and he dropped a likely touchdown because of his lack of focus. Although the Seahawks didn't get a big performance from any of their receivers in the game, Owens' lack of focus was a different factor.

This move will allow Seattle's young receiving corps to grow with either Matt Flynn or Russell Wilson. Chemistry is key to an offense's flow, and the young nucleus must learn to mesh together.

Owens' surprise NFL comeback certainly came as a shock, but it was over almost before it began. He played eight games with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League this year, and no one expected him to return at 38 years old.

After being released by his sixth NFL franchise, it's hard to see Owens finding a place anywhere else.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, will move on as they continue building on both sides of the ball.