The Seahawks cut TO today in one of the least surprising moves of the offseason. When they signed TO earlier this month, I said he would either struggle this season or get cut and added that the best way this could end for the Seahawks would be if TO got cut before the season. Earlier this week, I wrote that the end was near for TO and now the end is here after another poor preseason performance. All in all, he was targeted 9 times in 2 preseason games, making 2 catches and dropping 3. From what I’ve heard, his practices weren’t much better.
Terrell Owens is one of the greatest receivers of all time, but father time is undefeated. The list of receivers to play in their age 39 season or later and have success starts and ends with Jerry Rice. Only 3 of the top-30 receivers all time played at this age or later and only Rice had any success (Charlie Joiner caught 34 passes for 440 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Joey Galloway caught 12 passes for 173 yards and didn’t score).
He was pretty much done in 2010 and wasn’t going to be any better 2 years and a torn ACL later, after a year out of football. In 2010, 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.
All the TO signing did was generate some media attention and take practice reps away from young receivers like Golden Tate, Kris Durham, Deon Butler, and Ricardo Lockette, so, even though they didn’t have to pay him anything, the signing was a failure. With about a week left before final cuts, don’t expect anyone to take a chance on him. Owens will eventually give up and officially retire and wait for the Hall of Fame to call, which it should.
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