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There aren't too many player-agent combinations as recognizable as Terrell Owens and Drew Rosenhaus, but the pair won't be doing business together anymore. Owens, who was recently cut by the Allen Wranglers, an indoor football team, is still trying to make a comeback in the NFL and felt like a change in agents was needed at this point in his career. He's parted ways with Rosenhaus and hired Jordan Woy.
"I am making changes in my life so I can continue my career as a professional football player. I have hired Jordan Woy as my new agent. It was important for me to hire someone who believes in my ability to help an NFL team and believes in me as a person ... I love the game of football and I know I can help a team."
Owens did not play in the NFL last season and last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. Owens had a minority ownership stake in the indoor team that cut him for missing a charity appearance, and he's considering legal action against them.
This is what it has come to. Terrell Owens, former NFL star, is considering a lawsuit against the Indoor Football League that cut him earlier this week, according to a report from TMZ.com. The Allen Wranglers cut T.O. and terminated his ownership stake in the team after they say he missed a charitable function.
The team's statement announcing the move left little doubt about how they felt about relationship with T.O. But TMZ says T.O. is considering other options.
Sources close to T.O. tell us the former NFL superstar is pissed because Wranglers execs blasted him for skipping a team appearance at a children's hospital. We're told T.O. believes he was not required to attend the event by the terms of his contract -- and as a result he feels the team is in breach.
And now he's considering a lawsuit against them.
Oh, and T.O. still wants to get back into the NFL, by the way. I couldn't see that happening even before this incident.
I would say this is the low point for T.O., but he always seems to surprise me.
Terrell Owens has not played in the NFL since 2010. He continues to seek a comeback.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens has been trying to get on an NFL roster since becoming a free agent after playing the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Bengals, but had to deal with rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered during the 2011 offseason. Owens wasn't able to find any takers for the 2011 season, despite doing his own "pro day" to show teams that he was ready to go. Owens isn't done playing football however, as he recently signed a contract with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League which also gives him 50 percent ownership of the franchise.
In front of a crowd on Wednesday night, Owens reiterated however that he's not done playing the NFL and still wants to make it back into the league. "It was an opportunity for myself and my family," Owens told a crowd of nearly 700 people. "It's a way for myself to keep in shape. I haven't retired from the NFL. I want to play a couple more years. This right here will allow me to do that and assess where I am. I know I'm physically fit to play the game still."
The Wrangler's season begins on Feb. 25 at home against the Wichita Wild and lasts through June 16, just in time for Owens to attempt to sign on with an NFL team again. There was some thought that Owens might just finally retire, but he claims he's going to get back into the NFL.
Terrell Owens is, apparently back in football. On Wednesday evening, Owens hopped on something called beeyoo to release a video to his fans, announcing his next career move. But he won't be in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, or any other NFL uniform this time around. Owens is joining the Allen Wranglers of the IFL.
Here's the video, in which Owens implores fans to "get your popcorn ready." Popcorn is a big deal in the arena world, apparently.
For Owens, the fall from grace has been astounding. Once a supreme physical specimen with all the talent in the world, Owens' career has slid all the way down to the point where the only party interested in his services hails from a small Texas town and operates out of the IFL.
Reports of the Allen Wranglers' interest in Owens have been swirling for quite some time, with nobody quite sure whether this was for real or a publicity stunt. With Owens announcement that "it's official" on Wednesday, we've got our answer, and it's still somewhat surprising.
If nothing else, this gives the Wranglers an easy way to draw in fans. But who knows how well Owens will hold up -- remember, he tore his ACL during the last offseason -- as he tries to hang on to his player career until the bitter end.
Terrell Owens was in a Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday to try to lower payment on two of his four paternity cases. Inadvertently, judge Mark Mariani may have told Owens what everyone else seems to already know. That his NFL playing days are officially over.
"His NFL career seems to be over. I mean no disrespect," said Mariani, according to TMZ, which then led Owens apparently to nod his head in acknowledgment.
Owens does have a rumored mid-six-figures offer on the table from the Indoor Football League's Allen Wranglers, whom you are hearing about for the first time. It's unknown if this is a real possibility for just a publicly stunt, which, sums up Owens career in the last 3-4 years perfectly.
Terrell Owens could be coming to an arena near you, if Allen Wranglers general manager Drew Pearson is to be believed. Pearson, along with owner Jon Frankel, announced his team is nearing a deal that would pay Owens in the mid-six-figures in addition to some sort of ownership stake in the team.
Pearson felt the deal was progressing nicely and has a realistic chance of being completed.
"When he started, he felt there was maybe about a zero percent chance he could get it done, but through his persistent efforts and really wanting to make this happen, he has been able to make contact with their people. Now it's in a stage where he thinks it's at the point where it's about 70 percent done and close to being finalized, so we'll see how it shakes out from this point."
Whether there's actually some sort of framework in place is anyone's guess as public relations stunts are a dime a dozen in arena leagues and minor leagues throughout the country. For what it's worth, ESPN cited a source close to Owens saying only that the Wranglers want him. Owens is still recuperating from ACL surgery, and has yet to command any sort of attention from NFL teams, even after an open workout in late October.
Terrell Owens has a bench warrant out after failing to appear at a child support hearing.
Free agent Terrell Owens conducted a workout on Tuesday that was open to the media but no NFL teams showed up to see where Owens stood on his recovery from a torn ACL six months early. That's not a huge surprise because any team looking to sign him will bring him in for a visit.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus has said he hasn't gotten any calls from NFL teams but there is one football team out there that's offered a contract -- an Arena Football league team. The Chicago Rush, looking to capitalize on the T.O. attention, announced on Wednesday that they've extended a contract offer to Owens.
"We feel that this is an ideal time to approach the future NFL Hall of Famer," said Rush General Manager and President Gene Nudo. "It would be a fantastic honor to add Terrell to our current roster for the 2012 season."
"Terrell would absolutely complement our current wide receiving corps," said Rush Head Coach Bob McMillen. "His animation and over-the-top energy would be an excellent addition in the locker room, and the Chicago fans would undoubtedly welcome him here in Chicago."
Unfortunately for T.O. this may be his best shot at getting on the field this season.
Free agent Terrell Owens has been rehabbing a torn ACL suffered six months ago and hopes to play in the NFL this season. He's conducting a workout on Tuesday in California and was able to attract....zero NFL teams. Indeed, NFL Network's Lindsay Soto no NFL teams were in attendance.
There's no word on who, if any teams will be interested in Owens, provides he demonstrates he's healthy. The Titans were one team rumored to be interested, according to Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus. But the Titans have said publicly they're not sending anyone to the workout and probably aren't interested.
The real question is whether any NFL team will sign the 37-year old receiver. He had over 70 catches and 900 yards with the Bengals last season so physically it seems he can still do it but teams wonder if T.O. is worth the distraction he brings off the field (and, to be fair, he wasn't much of a distraction in Cincinnati last season).
Time will tell if some team gets desperate at receiver and needs to add someone like Owens.
Just a day after agent Drew Rosenhaus said Terrell Owens was ready to return from his torn ACL, and could play this Sunday, Rosenhaus announced an open workout in California, set for next Tuesday. Owens has been rehabbing his surgically-repaired ACL while maintaining he's ready to play recently.
According to Rosenhaus, Owens plans to show off his progress, and readiness, in the workout.
TO will be running routes and doing agility drills for teams and media this Tue in California, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.
It's probably not worth it to read too much into this. Rosenhaus is all about drumming up interest in his clients, and Owens is his main focus right now. Whether the workout means a bunch of teams are inquiring about Owens availability or few teams are inquiring, necessitating a public workout in front of the media, remains to be seen.
Either way, expect a small circus when he does take the field to run routes. Hopefully the workout includes situps as camera capture Owens' every move.
Ever since news surfaced that free agent Terrell Owens had torn his ACL earlier this summer, he's maintained that he's working out in an effort to return to the field. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Owens is 100 percent healthy and ready to play now.
I will be contacting the teams today to inform them that is immediately available to visit and work out for them. He could play this Sunday!
The chances of him playing this Sunday are very, very slim. In fact, you have to wonder if he'll play at all this year. Any teams looking to add receiver depth to their roster had their opportunity at the NFL trade deadline this week (an opportunity the Rams took to grab Brandon Lloyd).
That said, some team out there may look to add T.O. down the stretch, a team like the Tennessee Titans, who didn't completely close the door on the idea of signing Owens at some point.
We'll see if any takes the bait on Owens and brings him in for a workout.
Terrell Owens has had quite an interesting off-season as the All-Pro wide receiver went to Korea for knee surgery, pretended he retired during an interview with ESPN and was recently rushed to the hospital for reasons unbeknownst to the general public. After all of that, however, the Tennessee Titans are still considering adding Owens once he is healthy according to head coach Mike Munchak.
Muchak did his local radio show earlier in the week and the topic of wide receivers was brought up in the wake of the season-ending injury to Kenny Britt just a few weeks ago. The Titans head coach revealed that he was interested in trading for Brandon Lloyd, which makes sense, and that the team's next option might be to take a look at Owens.
"That's something that at some point when (Owens') health is better and he can pass a physical - people thought the midpoint of the season, maybe - he might be a guy that may be able to to work out to prove where he's at," Munchak said. "So of course us, or whoever else, is going to take a look, just like we have with other free agents, to see what kind of shape he's in."
As Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith notes, this apparently means that the 3-2 Titans are in win-now mode -- a spot not many onlookers thought they might be through six weeks of an NFL season that didn't look promising this summer.
Free agent WR Terrell Owens took a trip to the hospital last week for reasons unknown, according to a report.
Terrell Owens is hoping to return to the NFL after he had surgery earlier in the summer to repair a torn ACL. Generally, an injury like that would keep you out an entire season but T.O., despite his age (35), has always kept himself in great shape and returned from injury quicker than expected.
He previously said he wanted to return by the first month of the season but, for now, he's still working on rehabbing his knee and he's doing that in Korea. The Korea Times reports that Owens is visiting the Chaum Anti-Aging Center in Korea and will be undergoing some sort of stem cell therapy.
The wide receiver, now a free agent, will also have stem cells collected as part of the treatment, Lee Jung-no, doctor and president of the Chaum Anti-Aging center, said in a phone interview Monday.
"Mr. Owens starts with therapy Monday followed by the collecting and storing of his stem cells the next day," Lee said.
Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning went to Europe for stem cell therapy earlier this year as well. The doctor quotes in the Korea Times story even notes they want more stars to come there.
Owens says he wants to continue to play in the NFL. He's ancient in NFL terms, and his production is declining, but given the right situation he can still be productive. That said, I don't know if any team will be motivated to take a chance on an older receiver coming off an ACL tear with a diva personality.
(H/T Pro Football Talk)
ESPN reported this week on the ACL injury to WR Terrell Owens and noted that he wouldn't be ready until late November. They also reported that the injury happened sometime in the last month. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, went on SportsCenter Tuesday morning to clarify several items about the injury and Owens' future.
First, Rosenhaus said Owens will be 100 percent within a month and should be ready for the opening of the 2011 season. This was a little surprising but Rosenhaus suggested several times that Owens would be ready for the season in September.
Second, Rosenhaus said the injury occurred in April. He declined to say how it happened but ESPN's report had a source saying it happened on a taping for a reality TV show and another source who said it happened during a personal workout. Rosenhaus said Owens has been around lots of people over the last few months who didn't even know he had an injury at all.
Third, Rosenhaus predicts there will be teams interested in signing Owens. Once the lockout is over, he expects to show teams via a physical that Owens is fine. He cites his recovery from a broken leg to play in the Super Bowl with the Eagles as evidence that he heals faster than most.
The only way to judge whether Rosenhaus is correct is to see where Owens is on Sept. 11 when the NFL season starts.
WR Terrell Owens will be a free agent whenever the lockout ends but with the latest news on his ACL injury, which required surgery, it's unlikely he signs with a team until late November, at the earliest. Then again, some would also say it's unlikely he ever signs with another team.
A significant injury like an ACL tear is bad for anyone but it's especially difficult to return from if you're going to be 38 years old soon. That's why some people, like Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, believe Owens may never play in the league again.
In fact, Freeman reports Owens has told people he is considering retirement.
I expect Owens to publicly state his career will go on and there will be no retirement but I can tell you Owens has told several people in the NFL that he has indeed considered retirement. Again, that doesn't mean he will, but he's told people in the sport he's considering it.
Though Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been fairly silent since news of Owens' injury broke, he did say it was premature to assume he would retire.
As we've said before, if anyone is going to return from a major injury at 37 years old, it's Owens. He's the same guy who returned from a broken leg in six weeks to play in the Super Bowl.
Rosenhaus is expected to issue a statement on Owens at some point and presumably he'll clarify the direction in which Owens' career is going.
Free agent WR Terrell Owens reportedly tore his ACL and, after undergoing surgery sometime in the last month, is expected to be out until late November, if he returns to the NFL at all. T.O. has been a lightning rod wherever he went starting in San Francisco his rookie year to his stint with the Bengals in 2010.
We've already heard from Eagles fans and what they think of the report of his injury and future in the NFL. Now it's time to turn to Owens' first team in the NFL and see what 49ers fans are thinking after the report. Via Niners Nation:
If TO is hoping to come back, I actually hope that he is able to fully recover and leave the NFL on his own terms. In recent years I've come to terms with TO and have moved beyond my distaste for him when he left the 49ers. Whatever the reasons behind it, he became the bad guy and fans turned on him. Whether that's right or wrong, he seems to have rehabilitated his image in recent years.
While I don't think T.O. will be able to return to the NFL ever again, I do wish that he will. Regardless of his personality, he's one of the best receivers to ever play the game and deserves to leave on his own terms. It's unfortunate that he may not be able to.
Check out Niners Nation to see more of what 49ers fans are saying about Owens' injury.
By now everyone knows the news of the day: WR Terrell Owens suffered a torn ACL, had surgery on it in the last month and is expected to miss six months which will keep him out until late November. At 37 years old, though, it's fair to wonder whether T.O. will come back in 2011 at all and whether he'll ever play in the NFL again.
On whether he'll return in 2011, I would highly doubt it. If he is ready to play in late November as ESPN's report suggests, the season would be three quarters of the way over and I can't imagine any team that's contending would risk upsetting the chemistry in the locker by adding T.O. With him, it's not just about talent (which he has plenty of). It's about the off-the-field attention that comes with him. That and he's turning 38 years old in the first week of December. I can't envision a scenario where a team brings him on in 2011.
On whether he'll ever return to the NFL, I would guess he does not. Assuming he doesn't play in 2011 at all, Owens wouldn't play a game from December 2010 to September 2012. That's a looong stretch for anyone, let alone someone who is nearing 40 years old.
So I would cautiously predict that we've seen the last of Owens. What has me wondering about his future is that in the past he's shown a fairly incredible ability to return from injuries. He broke his leg and sprained his ankle in mid-December and return to the Super Bowl just over a month later while with the Eagles.
It'll be interesting to hear straight from Owens on this. While I don't think he'll play, I wouldn't completely rule it out if he claims he'll be coming back.
Terrell Owens is an interesting figure among Philadelphia Eagles fans. Owens signed with the Eagles prior to the 2004 season and went on to have a successful season despite suffering an injury, a broken leg in mid-December. Somehow, he recovered from the injury in time to play in the Super Bowl that year catching nine passes for 122 yards in an Eagles loss.
The following season is when all hell broke loose. T.O. complained about his contract -- he was entering the second season of a seven-year, $49 million deal -- and threatened to hold out of training camp. Ultimately, he was suspended four games by the Eagles for some of his actions.
SB Nation's Bleeding Green Nation has reacted to the news that Owens suffered a torn ACL -- reportedly while filming a show for VH1 -- and that could be out six months. BGN calls it a "unfortunate microcosm of his career."
And if it was indeed an injury on some trite reality show that someone of his talent has no business lowering himself to be a part of... it would be an almost perfect and unfortunate microcasm for his career. Incredible talent overshadowed by a sad and desperate need for attention and acceptance.
It's a good point. No one denies T.O.'s talent as one of the best receivers to ever play the game but he was also one of the biggest headaches for nearly every team he played for.
Check out Bleeding Green Nation to see how other Eagles fans are reacting to the report.
It's the middle of June when not much is going on in the NFL world, especially during a lockout, and that's why news of free agent WR Terrell Owens' injury is so surprising. Owens tore his ACL -- we're not sure how -- sometime in the last month, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Neither T.O. nor his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are commenting on the injury but Mort reports that Dr. James Andrews did the surgery within the last month. The story of exactly how T.O. suffered this injury isn't clear yet -- Mort has one source telling him it occurred while taping for a VH1 show -- but we do know how long an ACL injury can cost a football player and it's not a good situation for T.O., who turns 38 years old in November.
Mort reports that missing six months is the best case scenario which would put Owens' return around late November. More likely, Owens probably won't play at all in 2011. Even with a late November return -- at best -- the season is three-quarters of the way over at that point and I'm not sure any team would bring him on. Nearing 38 years old and 12 months off the field isn't enticing to a lot of teams, even if T.O. does have legitimate talent.
Then again, this is the same guy that broke his leg in mid-December and came back to play in the Super Bowl (and play very well catching nine passes for 122 yards) for the Eagles. I wouldn't count T.O. out just yet but I would say it's more likely that we've seen the last of Owens than a magical late November return.
Even for Terrell Owens, this one is a shocker. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Owens is recovering from ACL surgery after suffering an unknown injury.
Owens has not officially said anything but Mort has sources making the claim.
Terrell Owens, who has placed himself among the NFL's all-time leading receivers with plans to play a 16th season, has undergone surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees following a previously undisclosed injury this offseason, according to sources familiar with the injury.
Owens, 37, was unavailable for comment but sources said the surgery by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews occurred within the past month.
Owens' 2010 season ended when he tore meniscus cartilage in his left knee Dec. 19, though that injury had been repaired by Dr. James Andrews on Dec. 20.
Owens has said he intended to play a 16th season in 2011, though that already seemed in doubt before news of this injury. He is a free agent after playing last season for the Cincinnati Bengals.
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