RENTON — Terrell Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season, but the Seattle Seahawks apparently want to see if the former All-Pro receiver has anything left in the tank.
The 38-year-old Owens, who most recently played for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, will work out for the Seahawks today, which is a day off for the team.
Owens is the highest profile past-his-prime receiver to get a look from the Seahawks, but not the first. Prior to the start of training camp, the Seahawks worked out Antonio Bryant, who had been out of the NFL for two seasons, as well as Braylon Edwards, and eventually signed both. The Seahawks released Bryant Sunday, but the fact that they are kicking the tires, so to speak, on Owens means they still have questions at receiver.
Seattle released Mike Williams, a starter for the past two seasons, prior to training camp, leaving the door open for someone like Golden Tate to earn the starting job opposite Sidney Rice. Tate has had a strong first week of training camp, but the Seahawks still appear to be interested in finding a veteran presence who can help the team.
And it is worth noting that Owens is coming in for a tryout and has not been signed. Teams frequently host players on visits without ever offering a contract, and even if Owens were to end up on the roster, he would have a long ways to go to make the 53-man roster come September.
Owens, a six-time Pro Bowler who was named to the league’s All-Decade team for the 2000s, last played in the NFL with Cincinnati in 2010, and was productive catching 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He tore his ACL in the following offseason, however, and could not find work in the NFL in 2011, which led to his brief stint in the IFL.
Owens, who has played for San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati, ranks second to Jerry Rice in career receiving yards with 15,934 and is tied with Randy Moss for the second most receiving touchdowns with 153.