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Nowhere To Turn: Terrell Owens May Be Ready To Call It a Career

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 28, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Just a little over a month away from the opening of training camp, Terrell Owens is still jobless.

It's not because of the reason you think it might be. He didn't turn down an offer that didn't meet his salary demands or came from a team that won't be competing for a Super Bowl this season.

Instead, he has not received any offers from any team, with a minimal interest at all during this offseason.

Last season, he had to cringe with the Buffalo Bills. Knowing the fact that he was going to a place that was in long rebuilding mode and faces difficult weather conditions, Owens held tight.

Not once did he criticize the coaching staff, the two starting quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick, or any of his other teammates.

What he did do is have a mediocre season (well, at least in Owens' mind) of 55 catches for 829 yards and five touchdowns that included missing time due to injury.

He was informed by Bills management he would not return next season and has been on the market since.

Not one team has taken a chance on him, which is surprising with Donte' Stallworth (off the field incidents) and Torry Holt (disappointing '09, aging) finding teams rather quickly.

Over the beginning months of the offseason, Owens had been rumored to join quite a few teams.

In the early going, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals were rumored. The Ravens signaled they were not interested, while the Bengals looked into the signing more at Chad Ochocinco's request.

However, they changed their mind and used the draft to upgrade the weapons for Carson Palmer.

The Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks were also rumored, as both could potentially use a receiver for their offense.

Nothing ever engaged.

Then a few weeks ago, the name of the Oakland Raiders finally came up. Many analysts, including myself, believed the Black Hole would be the answer for Owens in 2010.

ESPN's John Clayton did report that there was discussion on whether or not to sign Owens.

Even with the positive offseason they had, it was hard for me to see Oakland passing T.O. up.

But we have gotten to that point, with not many options left for Owens.

T.O. was spotted earlier this week with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and tight end Greg Olsen.

The Bears have quite the pressure of winning this season, and a veteran target such as Owens may do some good.

If not Chicago, though, this may be the end of Owens as we know it.

Will T.O. become desperate enough to lower his asking price to be on a contending team that has interest? I doubt it. Even in Owens' old age, it has and always will be about No. 81.

So as the dust settles and summer approaches, we just don't know what will happen with Owens.

All I'll say for now, though, is the negativity in his entire career has caught up with him and could mean the end of a legacy for T.O.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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