Terrell Owens' return to the NFL lasted all of 20 days, being released by the Seahakws on Sunday. After signing a one-year deal on Aug. 6th, Owens was attempting to make his NFL comeback after going unsigned and sitting out of all the 2011 season.
After being cut by the Allen Wranglers Indoor Football League team in the spring, Owen's, 38, had hoped he could revive his football career when he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. His performance in the preseason was far from impressive however. He dropped a beautifully thrown 46-yard ball from QB Matt Flynn in the game against Denver. He had to other drops in the game against Kansas City on Friday night. In fact, Owens only managed to land two receptions during the preseason. His only highlight was 40-yard catch from QB Russell Wilson in which he had to slow down mid stride, reach behind him and snag the ball.
According to Seahawks.com Owen's was relegated to playing mainly as a flanker. He made a nice over-the-shoulder catch of a 40-yard pass from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in Friday night’s 44-14 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City. But it was one of just two receptions for Owens, despite being targeted eight other times in the preseason games against the Chiefs and Denver Broncos. the article goes on to say.
Owens announced his departure from the team via twitter, saying: "I'm no longer a Seahawk. I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver."
Terrell Owens tweets he is no longer with the Seattle Seahawks
ESPN reports Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll had this to say about Owens "We really liked the group that we assembled. Terrell came in here and busted his tail and he looked really effective right from the start." "But as we just took a look at our guys that are coming through the program and growing up with us we thought that it would be best for us to stay with those guys."
Owens was a third-round draft choice by San Francisco in 1996. He played for five NFL teams before landing in Seattle: eight seasons with San Francisco, two seasons with Philadelphia, three with Dallas and one season with Buffalo and Cincinnati. He started 201 or 2019 regular season games and racked up 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns during his playing career.
It is unclear what the future holds for Owens. Veteran contracts are guaranteed for players on the roster going into Week 1 of the regular season. Seattle could decide to bring Owens back after that point and lessen their financial commitment, according to ESPN's Mike Sando.