Terrell Owens is no longer a Seahawk. The 38-year old wide receiver was released this weekend after less than three weeks with the team.
Owens’ NFL career, the debate on whether or not it is six feet under, is questionable. Seattle is now the second team this year that has cut Owens, the first being an Indoor Football League from Texas named the Allen Wranglers. Now the NFL’s no. 2 all-time receiver in both yards and touchdown catches finds himself out of work once again.
At least this time Owens managed to leave peacefully without bad blood or burning any bridges.
“I’m no longer a Seahawk,” Owens tweeted. “I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I’m truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.”
Perhaps this is a more toned-down version of Owens than NFL fans are used to, the sign of a tired workhorse whose peak seasons came in 2000-2001, where the receiver caught for at least 1,400 yards and nearly totaled 30 touchdowns in the course of two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
“We really liked the group that we assembled. Terrell came in here and busted his tail, and he looked really effective right from the start,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “But as we just took a look at our guys that are coming through the program and growing up with us, we though that it would be best for us to stay with those guys.”
Whatever is the case, Owens is at the back end of his football career since recovering from knee surgery in October. It all depends on who wants to pay a 38-year old to play in a league that idolizes youth.