But, despite his recent good behavior, Owens maintains that it’s his awful public perception that is holding him back. And as he tells 104.5 FM The Zone in Nashville, it’s mainly ESPN’s fault.
“A lot of people have listened to a lot of the commentaries throughout a lot of the media outlets, mainly ESPN, that has my character in question as far as things that have happened in the past,” Owens said. “And I think even though I may do 99 good things right and if I do one thing wrong, ESPN and the people on there is gonna make it out to be the worst thing ever.”
He is probably half right and half wrong here. Yes, ESPN and many media outlets do spotlight him when he does something wrong, but it’s only because over the course of his career, he’s asked for it. He’s done enough bad things (team-wrecking things, not seriously bad things like rape or murder, and we do need to be clear on that) to put the microscope on himself.
He even says that he’s willing to take on a No. 2-WR role and that he’s “probably in the best shape of my life,” and ready “to give a team an opportunity to get to a Super Bowl.”
Owens hasn’t gone on any visits, but it’s not because teams don’t think he can play. We’re sure there is interest there. But supposedly he wants $5 million per year and that’s probably where the sticking point is.
He’ll probably have to wait for training camp injuries to start fielding serious calls.