Former 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens chatted with the folks at 95.7 The Game, with the interview airing this Monday at 5:15pm PT. If you are not in the Bay Area, you can listen to 95.7 at their website, by clicking on the "Listen Live" button on the top right of the front page.
TO will be discussing his desire to return to San Francisco to wrap up his career. He seems to recognize his opportunities are coming to an end, and is looking to wrap things up. It won't be happening anytime soon, but it's still interesting to consider.
TO tore his ACL prior to last season and dealt with a variety of issues that really culminated with a rather sad appearance recently on the Dr. Phil show, facing the mothers of his children. While that may not have to do with football, the whole situation has fallen apart after Owens was at the top of his game with the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys.
At this point, the 49ers are taking their chances with Randy Moss and I see no reason to believe TO will get another shot in San Francisco. As TO said, anything can happen, but at this point it would be rather shocking if he returned.
After the jump I've posted a few excerpts from the interview. The entire interview will air Monday at 5:15pm PT.
Would you have been a better fit with the 49ers (in response to the team taking a chance on Randy Moss):
"Would I have loved to have ended my career there, obviously signing a 1 or 2 year deal, absolutely. I think that definitely would've been enough motivation for me to perform at a high level but I'm going to do that regardless but to end your career where you started that would've been icing on the cake. It is what it is at this point. I don't make those decisions and they were well aware I was out there so they felt they had the best man on their roster"
Do you get the sense that you'll be able to come back and play for someone next season? Do you think someone is going to want you?
"Obviously with the draft that just occurred these guys are going to try to fill out what they have on their roster first. Go thru the mini-camps, the OTA's and see what they have in their barn already. I'm on the outside looking in. I'm in good shape, the knee is strong, the knee is ready, I'm ready and I'm just looking forward to the opportunity for someone to sign Terrell Owens. You know I'm not sure if anybody knows but I recently parted ways with my former agent Drew Rosenhaus so right now I have no representation but right now it's really not needed but at some point I will retain another agent. I've already fielded and solicited a few guys and had a few phone calls and meetings and things of that nature. As of right now I'm just taking care of myself and keeping myself in shape."
It was reported that you were working out with Carson Palmer and some of the receivers. While you were doing that did you tug on anyone's coat? How much campaigning did you do to see if they would get you out here on the squad?
"I reached out to him to see if he was throwing at any point and he told me and the Raiders were out there and I think that's what brought up all the hoopla because it was Carson Palmer oh he's the quarterback for the Raiders and he had his young receivers that live out in that area or were working out in that area and we were all just in the same place at the same time and obviously the media gets a hold off and we took a picture on twitter and with social media people want to pick up on anything and it goes viral. Again Carson and I established a relationship prior to me going to Cincinnati and it was one of those things where we were working out with one another and he saw that I still had the capable skills to play at a high level and so I'm sure he still has those same thoughts after seeing me work out."
How ready were you when you had that last worked out and if I'm a GM today what do I get today if I sign T.O?
"I can't tell you where I was at that point in time but I can tell you I was physically able to run and cut and do the necessary things. As far as the physical part of it, me taking contact and things of that nature that remains to be seen. Anybody who knows anything about ACL injuries or any injury for that matter, when you have time off obviously it's going to be physically noticeable that one leg was bigger than the other and yeah I wasn't on my leg for a while and I was continuing to build that strength and get that mass back. My leg is almost 100% and I want to be sure I'm doing all the necessary things to make sure when I do step on the field I'm feeling 100% confident to do any and everything asked of me."
Raiders-Niners, I know you have relationships on both sides of the bay and I'd imagine you'd be willing to play for either but if you had a preference, which would you prefer to play for?
"If I had to prefer a team I'd probably want to end where I started but other than that that's not possible but at the same time, anything can happen. That being said there's really only one team left in the Bay Area who I haven't played for that really at this point in time is a viable option and that's the Oakland Raiders. Given the opportunity if that's on their radar for me to come in and help them win some ball games and ultimately help them try to win a championship then I'll take that challenge on. I definitely feel I have a lot of football left in me. I think Carson knows that. The guys that saw me running around, those receivers, they saw me first hand so it's just a matter of someone giving me an opportunity to make that happen. If that's the case with the Raiders I'll assess that when the time comes."
Guaranteed T.O is back in 2012 - right?