The 38-year-old Owens is one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, but he's also a full season and one major knee surgery removed from his last game in the NFL.
RENTON — Will Terrell Owens use a Sharpie to sign his contract with the Seahawks?
It would be kind of funny if he did. Ten years ago, he pulled a pen from his sock during a Monday night game in Seattle, signing a football after he scored a touchdown against the Seahawks. On Monday night, the team announced he had agreed to terms on a contract to become a Seahawk.
The 38-year-old Owens is one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, but he’s also a full season and one major knee surgery removed from his last game in the NFL.
Seattle’s agreement with Owens is a one-year deal, according to FOX Sports, which first reported the agreement. Sources told ESPN it was for $1 million. Owens’ agent did not return messages, and the Seahawks had no comment beyond announcing an agreement.
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Owens tried out for the Seahawks on Monday, which was a day off for players during training camp, his workout sufficiently impressive that Seattle decided to add him to the team.
He is famous, one of eight players in NFL history to catch more than 1,000 passes in his career and his 15,934 receiving yards are second only to Jerry Rice in NFL history. Owens is also infamous, a player who celebrated a touchdown against the Cowboys by posing on the star at midfield and in 2005 he was sent home by the Philadelphia Eagles and performed sit-ups in his driveway while answering questions from reporters.
He has played for five different NFL teams and recently has become a punch line. He appeared on “Dr. Phil” with the mothers of two of his children earlier this year. He was released by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League earlier this year, and his dwindling finances have been the subject of several national stories.
Quarterback Carson Palmer is one of the people who reached out to the Seahawks with regard to Owens. Palmer now plays in Oakland, but in 2010, he was Owens’ quarterback in Cincinnati. Owens caught 72 passes that season, but the Bengals did not re-sign him before he suffered a knee injury in the spring that required surgery.
Palmer played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC, and he called to vouch for Owens’ physical readiness and attitude. The Seahawks have been looking at veteran wide receivers for more than a month, signing first Antonio Bryant — who was released Sunday — then Braylon Edwards, who was added Tuesday, and now the Seahawks are looking at Owens.
Edwards and Owens ranked second and third, respectively, in the league in touchdown passes, but that was five years ago.
At the very least, those are two physical receivers who will be able to test the Seahawks physical cornerbacks in practice. In a best-case scenario, Edwards and/or Owens would use this chance with Seattle to springboard back to the top of an NFL depth chart.
For Seattle, the risk is not so much financial as it is one of chemistry. Sidney Rice is projected to start at one receiver spot with Golden Tate among the leading candidates to start opposite him. Doug Baldwin led the team in receptions as a rookie, and will be featured in the slot.
But Seattle hasn’t named a starting quarterback yet, and now it is injecting Owens, whose undeniable productivity has also come with a reputation of being disruptive.
Danny O’Neil: 206-464-2364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Great players who joined the Seahawks late in their careers:|
|Franco Harris||RB||1984||34||Former Steeler played eight games as a Seahawk, starting six.|
|Warren Moon||QB||1997||40||Went 11-13 as a starter in his two seasons as Seahawks QB|
|Carl Eller||DE||1979||37||Former Viking recorded 26 tackles, two sacks in final NFL season|
|John Randle||DT||2001||33||Played three seasons. Led Seahawks in sacks in 2001 and 2002|
|Jerry Rice||WR||2004||42||Played in 11 games after midseason trade from Oakland|
|Edgerrin James||RB||2009||31||Averaged 2.7 rushing yards on 46 carries in seven games|