While the proverbial lien that NFL teams have levied against wide receiver Terrell Owens seems to be alive and well, Owens took care of a more traditional lien on Monday as he paid off more than $430,000 in tax debt, according to TMZ.
The lien was filed against Owens in February as he owed a total of $438,913.52 in back taxes to the federal government from the years 2005, 2007 and 2009. While T.O. has taken it on the chin from a character perspective over the years, perhaps this proves that the 39-year-old is finally maturing.
Whether or not that entices an NFL team to take a chance on him is a different story. From a statistical perspective, there is no question that Owens deserves to be in the Hall of Fame one day. The question marks surrounding him have always had more to do with his attitude than anything.
Teams were willing to put up with it in his prime, but now that he is pushing 40 years of age, it isn't a big surprise that organizations are shying away. With that said, Owens proved that he was still a productive NFL player back in 2010 as he reeled in 72 receptions for 983 yards and nine touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals.
He suffered a torn ACL during the ensuing offseason, however, and hasn't played an NFL regular-season game since. The Seattle Seahawks signed him last offseason, but he was cut prior to the season and was unable to catch on anywhere else.
With career totals of 1,078 catches, 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns, Owens is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history. Just as importantly, though, he is now a model citizen as a sizable tax lien is no longer hanging over his head.
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