What Can T.O. Still Offer NFL Teams?

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What Can T.O. Still Offer NFL Teams?
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Apparently, when you're a future Hall of Fame wide receiver with over 1,000 receptions, nearly 16,000 receiving yards and more than 150 touchdowns in your professional career, the NFL's interest in you dies hard, even if you were known as a diva during your prime. 

Joran Woy, who represents the controversial Terrell Owens recently said he's had conversations with "a bunch of teams" regarding his client, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter wrote Woy is "uncertain about whether Owens ultimately will get the chance. But he also said that, at the age of 39, Owens is in as good a shape as he has been in recent years and is holding out hope for an NFL tryout."

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The following is a direct quote from Woy: "We've talked to a lot of teams that have said he's a great talent, we're set as of right now, but if we have injuries, we may reach back out."

This news comes two months after Owens himself admitted that no NFL organizations had been in contact with him since he was released from the Seattle Seahawks in August of 2012, per Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.

What can Owens, now 39 years old and someone who hasn't caught a pass in the regular season since Week 14 of the 2010 campaign, offer at this stage in his career?

First and foremost, there's no need to worry about Owens' fitness level at his age. In Schefter's report, Woy stated:

Owens has been training in Los Angeles and Miami, and is ready to go to camp now. Owens has told Woy that he will run every bit as well as he did for Seattle last summer, if not better, and the wide receiver is convinced he can help a team win now.

Owens has always been in shape. 

Looking back on his most recent playing days, the 6'3'', 226-pound former All-Pro has a complete skill-set, one that allows him to be utilized as a big, possession receiver with the athleticism and speed to occasionally stretch the field deep. 

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Although he averaged only 13.7 yards per reception in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals, his lowest average since 2002, he did have grabs of 37, 43, 48 and 78 yards that season. 

Owens has struggled with drops in his illustrious career, and he didn't exactly change that perception with the Bengals. 

ProFootballFocus.com (subscription required) gave Owens eight drops on 80 "catchable passes" in 2010, for a drop rate of 10 percent, which wasn't encouraging. 

However, it's worth noting that Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs had the same drop rate and Mike Wallace, then of the Pittsburgh Steelers, had a drop rate of 10.45. 

Remember, a drop in the end zone during Seattle's preseason outing against the Denver Broncos in 2012 became the indelible image of his short stint with Pete Carroll's team.

He calmed his bravado in the twilight of his career, remains quite the physical specimen and his past injuries—the ones that ended his time with the Bengals—are behind him. 

For a contender that suffers a crushing blow at the wide receiver position, has a locker room littered with established veteran leadership and needs a stopgap pass-catching option, adding Owens shouldn't be out of the question.

Frankly, acquiring him would be logical. 

Terrell Owens got his chance last season, and ultimately failed with the Seahawks.

But don't be surprised if the future Hall of Famer is given another opportunity in 2013.

 

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