CineSport—After a tryout on Monday, the Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Terrell Owens agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The 38-year-old Owens hasn't played in the NFL since the 2010 season.
The Seahawks’ #1 receiver Sidney Rice is far from ready to compete in the NFL. After undergoing dual shoulder surgery and suffering the third concussion of his career, Rice is yet to be cleared for any kind of contact in training camp.
After releasing possible #2 or #3 receiver Mike Williams, the Seahawks hope to find either insurance or a complement for Rice, depending on whether or not he is ready for the regular season. Recently-signed Terrell Owens could fit into either of these roles, replacing Rice as the “go-to guy” or aiding him in the Seahawks’ campaign as a #2 receiver.
Other receivers that could be playing behind or along side of Owens include Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Doug Obomanu, Deon Butler and Ricardo Lockette. How each receiver performs throughout the remainder of camp will be the deciding factor in how large a role Owens is granted.
Rice and Owens are similar in many ways. Both stand about 6’4 and weigh in between 210 and 220 pounds. Both receivers run between a 4.4 and 4.5 40-yard dash at this point in their careers.
The one big difference between these strikingly similar wideouts is age. Terrell Owens is 38 years old, while Rice is just 25.
The last time Owens played a season in the NFL was 2010, when he nabbed 72 receptions for a total of 983 yards. The Seahawks have to be hoping that Owens’ 2012 numbers mirror this statistic more than the numbers put up by receivers over the age of 35 last year. In the 2011 season, only one player over the age of 35 caught more than 20 passes on the season: Donald Driver.
Understanding that his age puts him at a slight disadvantage and that his presence is inevitably less valuable than it was when he was a younger athlete, Owens seems to be putting his ego aside. While at one point in his career Owens had to be the star at all times and demanded the attention of his teammates, opponents and the media, he now seems ready to accept whatever role is handed to him.