Six-time Pro Bowler Terrell Owens will most likely be looking for employment again this offseason. Owens may have worn out his welcome in Cincinnati when he made comments about the coaching staff on the NFL Network.
“I think if you look at the talent we had in that locker room this year and we mustered four wins, that should let you know something is not right,” Owens said. “Throughout the year, I saw some things that really wasn’t right."
Owens took it even further:
“I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down. I think even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that. You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball. ... Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”
Owens is a free agent this year, and those comments will diminish any interest the Bengals had in re-signing him. Owens is no spring chicken, turning 37 years old last December, and has burned many bridges in his 15-year career, so many teams will be hesitant to sign him.
Despite all the drama, Owens is coming off a solid season and was one of the few bright spots for the Bengals last year. Terrell led Cincinnati in both receiving touchdowns with nine and receiving yards with 983, even with missing the final two games due to knee surgery. Owens fell 17 yards short of joining Jerry Rice and Randy Moss as the only NFL receivers to have 10 1,000-yard seasons.
Terrell insists he still wants to play, but it has to be for a contender. "I'm looking forward to a team that has a good chance of winning a Super Bowl. Other than that I really don't have anything else to play for." A Super Bowl ring is the one thing Terrell Owens is missing on his possible Hall of Fame résumé. Owens will be looking for a fourth new team in four years.
Here are the teams that may be willing to give Terrell Owens a shot.