Terrell Owens: Why It's Do-or-Die for Seattle Seahawks WR in Preseason Week 3

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 24, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #10 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Perhaps more than any veteran on the Seattle Seahawks roster, Terrell Owens is playing for his livelihood on Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Especially since Owens isn't one to contribute on special teams, he will be fighting to extend his NFL career for just one more season—or even one more week.

The fact that the Seahawks even gave T.O. a shot is relatively shocking.

Owens couldn't even stay out of trouble in the Indoor Football League last season playing for the Allen Wranglers. He didn't make the trip to two road games and refused to attend a charity event at a local hospital, according to a report by Yahoo! writer Doug Farrar.

If Owens can't prove to be a legitimate threat in the passing game, he will be cut.

Unfortunately, the reps may not even come for Owens with the return of Sidney Rice, who is the projected No. 1 wide receiver. Rice has proven his explosive ability, but has struggled with injuries in recent years—namely multiple concussions.

Not to mention, fellow veteran Braylon Edwards is also trying to revive his career with the Hawks. He had an acrobatic touchdown grab on a deep ball by QB Russell Wilson in the preseason opener.

According to a report from Eric Williams of The News Tribune, Edwards has made at least one explosive play in each practice and has been the most reliable big-bodied receiver in camp.

At the risk of psychoanalysis, whether it was the pressure of making the team, the rust or whatever the case, Owens dropped a deep pass that was right in his breadbasket for a touchdown last week.

So much more, too, is at stake for Owens and his stint in Seattle. Lacking a sustainable income from a football career, Owens is in dire financial straits.

As documented in a report by NESN.com's Luke Hughes, Owens has hinted at being broke:

"My broke, for the normal person, is not their broke...With my financial situation, people are asking, how did I blow $60 million or $80 million? Those numbers are skewed, if you...factor in the numbers of what I made and how many years I've played."

Whatever any of that means is anyone's guess, but it can't be a great situation regardless.

Hughes also points to Owens' appearance on the show, Dr. Phil, as he has allegedly been relatively negligent of his four children.

In order to address the off-field issues adequately, Owens must have an occupation to sustain his typical lifestyle on the field. Playing for the Wranglers isn't going to cut it, either.

None of the headlines T.O. has made recently—as a player or with his actions outside the lines—have been positive.

That can all change on Friday night, but it's a do-or-die scenario for Owens and his brilliant, but enigmatically troubled career.