When the Seahawks signed Terrell Owens, it was certainly a very high profile signing. However, seemingly contrary to popular belief, TO is no lock to make the Seahawks’ roster, especially after a terrible showing in his 1st preseason game, where he didn’t catch a ball on 5 targets and dropped a sure 46 yard touchdown. Sidney Rice has begun doing contact drills and seems like he’ll be ready to go week 1, while ESPN’s Mike Sando is reporting that Owens and Braylon Edwards are competing for one roster spot. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora seconds this report by saying that Owens is “hardly assured” of a roster spot, according to team sources.
Owens is one of the greatest receivers of all time, but future time is undefeated. Of the top 30 leading receivers of all time, only 3 others have played into their age 39 season or later: Jerry Rice, Charlie Joiner, Joey Galloway. Only Rice (83/1139/9) was productive in his age 39 season. Joiner caught 34 passes for 440 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Galloway caught 12 passes for 173 yards and didn’t score. Owens is heading into his age 39 season this year.
He was done in 2010. Though he did catch 72 passes for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns, but he did that on 132 targets (54.5%) and 10 balls targeted for him ended up getting intercepted. Carson Palmer was just forcing him the football, which is why he led the league in interceptions that year and the Bengals went 4-12. He also dropped 8 passes. 2 years and one torn ACL later, he’s certainly not any better and didn’t look it in their first preseason game. My money is on Edwards winning that battle and Owens, who is owed no guaranteed money, being a final cut and eventually retiring.
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