Terrell Owens Blames the Media For Him Not Getting Shot in NFL

Before we get to his claims, it is important we go over the factual and circumstantial evidence.

T.O was productive and on his way to one of his better seasons before getting injured last year (72 catches, 983 yards and 9 TDs).  For the last couple of years he hasn’t been an issue in the locker room, even when he has been in some losing situations.

Owens does have a history that he only has himself to blame for.  His dealing with the media, quarterbacks, coaches and teammates, has led to a reputation of being a disruptive force.

At the age of 38, coming of torn ACL, no teams were willing to give him a look.  The question begs what was the real reason why?  I have a theory, but here is what T.O. had to say.

“(The reason) I didn’t get picked up was that a lot of general managers bought into the fact that the media thinks that I’m this bad guy, this rebel guy, this disruptive guy that divides and messes up team’s chemistry. They won’t allow me to turn over a new leaf. They won’t allow me to be a better person,” Owens said.

“Anytime anything is brought up about me, they keep talking about things that happened five, six, seven years ago. Why don’t I get a pass? I’ve kind of fallen into that villain category and I can’t get out of that box.”

I believe there is some truth to what T.O. is saying.
I also believe that teams don’t like bringing in old players coming off major knee surgery.
Even if team didn’t buy into what the media were saying about T.O., they still have to recognize when you sign Terrell Owens, you just aren’t signing a WR, you are signing the T.O. show and no one wants to take that risk.
The last two teams who brought him in the Bills and Bengals were his only two suitors, so even when he was healthy the market wasn’t strong.
He has burned a lot of bridges and there are only 32 teams in the league.  Hopefully if he shows he can still play with the Allen Wranglers of the IFL a team will give him a shot, but I wouldn’t put money on it.