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Confirmed: Terrell Owens on his way to Seattle

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm with 50 Comments »
August 5, 2012 9:35 pm

Desperate times apparently call for desperate measure.

With the Seattle Seahawks looking for a physical, big-play receiver to stretch the defense,according to Dave Mahler of KJR-AM, the team will be hosting veteran receiver Terrell Owens in the near future.

UPDATE: The Seahawks confirmed that Owens is in fact coming in for a workout tomorrow.

Mahler says that according to a league source, Owens is on his way to visit Seattle. Mahler also says that he does not know what Seattle’s intentions are for Owens — whether he is simply coming in for a tryout or will be signing a contract upon his arrival.

The Seahawks already have brought in veterans Braylon Edwards and Antonio Bryant to try and help resolve the team’s issue at receiver. Bryant was cut from the 90-man roster today.

Owens, 38, last played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing with 72 receptions for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

UPDATE: Owens denied the report via twitter.

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  1. Skavage says:

    I’d rather have just about anyone besides T.O. That guy could tear apart a young team like this…especially a young QB.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Wait, Softy’s wrong? How can this be…?

  3. VNHLNFAN says:

    Not sure what to say about this.

  4. FleaFlicker says:

    Got to admit, kind of scratching my head on this one. Hoping T.O. does not make this roster. Agree with Skavage’s sentiment about the poisonous personality.

    Only positive I can see coming of this would be a few signing bonus dollars to help support his kids. T.O. is the football version of Ricky Henderson.

  5. FleaFlicker says:

    And before we get all sidetracked with this inanity, let’s keep in mind that we are just days away from Pre-Season. Cannot wait!!!!

  6. FleaFlicker says:

    And while we’re at it, maybe Koren Robinson is available?

  7. princeaden says:

    “We will leave no stone unturned” !! Wow..

  8. bbnate420 says:

    He’s got 4 kids. Not exactly Shawn Kemp or Antonio Cromartie.

  9. T.O. has the tools, but is one too.

  10. It’s already a soap opera. (he’s coming, no he’s not… lol)

    I’d rather have him and his experience in the WCO than Edwards or Bryant (cut) though.

    Ideally, I want Rice healthy, TatoeKid, and Baldwin as the big three at WR, with Obo and a couple of kids sprinkled in (with one of them probably being inactive most Sundays).

  11. Dukeshire says:

    No kidding Bobby. He coming. No I’m not, that’s a lie. Seattle confirms he’s coming. Sigh… This clown has been a cancer at every stop. I can’t believe Softy was right.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Carroll must *hate* this group of receivers. Who else can he drag off the scrap heap?

  13. Wesley Walker?

  14. Travis Taylor, Ashley Lelie, or Rae Carruth?

  15. Mike Williams.

  16. I like entertainment however I can get it.

    It amazes me that people still think Pete Carroll and John Schneider are stupid. TO is going to ruin our young team? Really? I’m sure they won’t just CUT HIM before that happens. We haven’t even signed him yet, it’s just a workout. If he comes in, gives our DB’s some work and he doesn’t take off we’ll just send him packing. See Antonio Bryant. Or Lendale. Or Reggie Williams. Or…

    Sit back and relax, we got this sh*t handled. If you think our leadership is stupid, that’s your problem.

  17. It’s “LenWhale.” lol

  18. and people thought I was crazy when I wanted Schneider to draft a tall WR.

    I’m still rooting for Lockette and Durham to make all these old guys irrelevant. Its still early.

  19. Sit back and relax, we got this sh*t handled. If you think our leadership is stupid, that’s your problem.

    They have not proved ANYTHING yet – Still hoping they will but nothing yet

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Where did someone say they were stupid? Also, where has Owens not been a distraction / complete jackass?

  21. ljarllrajl says:

    Not surprising. When Rice and Baldwin are out and Phil Bates is your best receiver, I’d call T.O. too.

  22. Macabrevity says:

    For all you guys who are worried about what T.O. could do negatively to this team, you should really look at the real issue. This just shows us how bad off our WR corps actually is. It’s a desperation move as PC/JS realize they have a serious hole. All the optimistic talk about guys like Durham, Lockette, etc needs to be painted over with a poop-smeared paint brush.

  23. bbnate420 says:

    Duke, Cincinnatt. That’s where.

  24. freedom_X says:

    If the Seattle front office is really bringing Terrell Owens in, then they’ve jumped the shark as far as I’m concerned. I’ve always given the management the benefit of the doubt, considering that they’re trying to be innovative and think outside the box.

    But this would be sheer arrogance and detachment from reality. Owens has nothing positive to offer Seattle. I don’t believe Seattle has the worst WR situation in the league. If they just needed practice fodder there must be a half-dozen other players they could bring in. I’d rather see Seattle give Koren Robinson a tryout rather than Owens.

    Even the Bengals didn’t want to bring Owens back, which is telling you something. Even if Owens didn’t make any trouble (anyone holding their breath on that one?) – he ran very sloppy routes and freelanced a lot in Cincinnati. It drove Carson Palmer nuts. That was one way Owens “got open.” Sounds like a perfect fit for a West Coast style offense. Great guy to pair with young QB’s.

  25. teruski says:

    Or, are PCJS just bringing in TO to get some national media time and working that angle? If the national media is all worked up about TO coming here, it would take some of the attention away from the QB derby.

    Or, PCJS are really concerned about the quality and depth of our receivers during camp. Rice, Baldwin and Lockette are all nursing injuries, are they bad or nagging injuries who knows.
    So right now, Rice and Edwards are the only receivers on the team with any practical experience with the height PCJS are looking for. All the other guys are a)short b) young and inexperienced c)carrier backups/special teams guys (see Obo). It’s very rare in the NFL a first or second WR makes an impact consistantly, we have a bunch of those guys who could be good in the future, but they are still learning. CB’s would have a heyday with some of our young guys right now, until they learn how to separate from that CB whoever is at QB is not going to have much chance to complete anything.
    That said…I don’t think there is achance in he!! that TO will be on the opening day roster. Hopefully one of the young WR’s will be that rare one that can make an impact.
    I trust PCJS, they want to win (probably more than us) and are going to do what they have to do to put the best team on the field.


  26. Plaxico had 8 tds last year w/Sanchez throwing to him. He’s 35 but looks to be in great shape. I mean, all he did was shoot himself. :-)

    I say bring them all in. If they’re vets being brought in this late, you’d like to think that they’ve been entitled. If they’re young, they’re hungry.

    We all know TO is a work out machine. If he has his speed, he could offer something totally different than any of the guys we have now. He’s physical, runs great routes, scores td’s and is tremendous after the catch…and he’s a punk ass b*tch. I wonder which TO will show up.

    Who needs Hard Knocks. Training camp @ the VMAC just got even more interesting.

    The real question is…who will best deliver the ball to TO? Will it light a fire under Sidney’s butt to step up? Will TO be motivated by the idea of playing against his old team (49ers) and another potential HOFer in Randy Moss?

    I’ve long hated the idea of TO with us, but at this stage in his career he has NO LEVERAGE. Bring it on (and Plax)…let’s see what these geriatrics have to offer!


  27. ‘you’d like to think that they’ve been ‘humbled’. Too early and typing too fast.

  28. ryanryan says:

    boy, i never thought i’d say this – but this report makes me long for randall eugene moss.

    at some point i hope we get to hear what really happened with mike williams, that should be a doozy.

  29. LeePridemore says:

    The use of “unnamed sources” in sports writing drives me nuts. The first thing students learn in journalism 101 is to cite your sources. I guess you could argue that Dave Mahler is not exactly Edward R. Murrow and Owens workout with the Hawks is not headline news but letting the little things slide in sports journalism leads to grievous debacles like Sports Illustrated libeling Mike Leach and then hiding in the legal system until the next swim suit issue comes out. Come on Softy, what or who is your “league source” and why do they need anonymity?

  30. Skavage says:

    I guess I am going to hang my hat on the waiver wire when teams hit the 53. Maybe Pete and John can find a gem that gets cut from a team rich with WR’s. (No idea who that might be…Anyone care to speculate just for fun?)

  31. I don’t think they’re doing this for press, since they already declined hard knocks. Probably need a body since they cut Bryant and r just kicking the tires as usual. I like the way they leave no stone unturned, even though they might have to make this one crawl back under the rock he came from.

  32. Plax across the field from a healthy Rice might be pretty scary for opposing defenses.
    Then again, Plax is just plain scary to think about for all involved.

  33. Maybe they bring him in for a few weeks and then cut him before week 1. Then actually sign him. That prevents his salary from being guaranteed for the season and if he starts anything – you cut him and he’s paid nothing. Not saying they should or shouldn’t sign him, that just seems like the best thing if you are going to sign him.

    Duke – I’m still laughing at the T-Jack to T.O. texts last night! What a pair it’d be. It would make primetime on Comedy Central.

  34. Dukeshire says:

    I was hoping to wake up this morning and have it all be a bad dream… No such luck. I’ll say this: at least Owens will be in decent shape.

  35. owenbytheway says:

    If he signs, T.O.’s personal public relations staff will certainly make sure it is with a Sharpie.

    Maybe PC/Scheid are doing this to get edge on cuts to 53 by those WR’s considering retirement.

    T.O. has only managed to get creds on Pro Football Talk a dozen times since his last play in the NFL.

    I’m sure his ego needs MORE MORE MORE.

    Scary scenario ladies and gentlemen if Hawks WR needs are that great.

    Yeah, Teruski, a temporary bandage move at best.

  36. Sparky12 says:

    Suppose there is any chance that TO has matured a small amount in the last two years?

  37. BigBlew says:

    Well this will get us noticed on the East Coast. Great I just knew this day was around the corner. PC thinks he can extract greatness from a pile. T.O can put his Sharpie where the sun don’t shine.

  38. Hammajamma says:

    I think this is Carroll using TO to apply more heat to his underperforming receiving corp. Lockette and Durham aren’t getting it done right now. This simply shifts the spotlight to that corner of the room.

  39. dirtbiker_joey says:

    ‘Hawks need TO. We haven’t had a washed-up, former 49er, HoF receiver sinve Jerry Rice retired in ’04.

  40. Sparky12 says:

    So lets say they do indeed sign TO. He usually behaves for the first month or two. Perhaps he adds a touch down or two and is the difference between in a win or loss. Then they cut him when he becomes his old self. Worth it?

  41. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wonder if Flynns appreciation level has increased regarding the WRs he had to work with in GreenBay?

    Also, I’m not going to panic yet about our WR situation because they happen to be going against the best secondary in the NFL every day. That could make even a good unit look bad.
    It appears though that one or two of them really needs to step it up come preseason time or we really might be seeing a player like Bates take their place, which woud be fine by me.

  42. GeorgiaHawk says:


  43. You do realize that Flynn didn’t get to throw to the #1 or #4 WR on the GB roster in the game he played last year, right? And he had Suh and Co. rushing after him that day (and we all know he wants to kill people), even if the secondary wasn’t good?

    I’m not panicking and I think I’m the only one here with respect for our WR position. I love Rice, Taterkid, Baldwin, and Obo at 1-4. Love them. I can’t ever remember a Seahawks WR unit (1-4) that I have liked that much. And don’t say ’05 b/c D. Jackson pretty much didn’t exist for most of the year and Engram missed plenty of time, too.

  44. LOVE our WRs kool-aid. Seventy five cents per bottle. Who wants some?

  45. Hate our WRs (if Sidney Rice gets hurt) kool-aid. You pay me to get some! lol

  46. mojjonation says:

    Maybe we could bring back Jeremy Stevens and pair him with Koren Robinson. Put Deon Branch in the slot. The only way any of those guys could scare a secondary when playing for Seattle was if they were carrying a billy club out in the open. Moss is already in San Fran. So why not bring in another aging (albeit cancerous) WAY past his prime future HoF WR.

  47. OK. Training camp is here and we’ve signed 2 guys far removed from their most productive years (3 if you count Winslow) in Bryant and Edwards, now we’re bringing in an ancient cancer known as TO for a workout??

    Most peculiar move by JC/JS since they’ve been here…other than trading for Charlie Whitehurst of course.

  48. Seahawks2620 says:

    With how desperate they appear to be for a legitimate WR, I would be surprised to hear that they have not atleast called the steelers in regards to Wallace.

  49. gonefishin69690 says:

    Agree with Canfan…

  50. gonefishin69690 says:

    I guess we’ll see. Must admit, PC does better than most coaches as far as controlling the more/less “Problem children”. I think Pete and John had earned at least a little of our faith at this point, this season will tell it all.

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