The 2010 destination of wide receiver Terrell Owens has been a hot topic of debate this offseason. NFL fans are happy to have some of the media attention off Brett Favre, who is currently going through his annual return to the NFL speculation. NFL betting trends are sure to swing in the favor of any team that picks up Owens.
Owens has put together a stellar NFL career, but it has been tarnished by disputes with teammates and coaches. The star wide-receiver maintains that those days are behind him, and that he is just focused on winning the first Super Bowl of his career.
Selected in the third round with the 89th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 1996, Owens was not expected to become the player he is today. Owens became a major factor in the 49ers offense when Hall of Famer Jerry Rice went down with an injury in 1997. He finished that season with 936 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns.
The 49ers then fell from their high place atop the NFC West by losing Steve Young, who retired due to several concussions. Jeff Garcia became quarterback of the team, but the Niners’ struggles continued on the field. In 2003, a new coaching staff was brought in to spark new success. Led by head coach Dennis Erickson, the 49ers finished the season with a sub .500 record at 7-9.
Later during that season, Owens told interviewers from Playboy magazine that he thought Garcia was a homosexual. He cut all ties with the 49ers and headed to Philadelphia to play with Donovan McNabb.
With the Eagles, Owens helped the team advance to Super Bowl XXXIX. They lost a close game to the New England Patriots by a score of 24-21. After the loss, controversy immediately followed. Negative comments towards McNabb, and a contract dispute led to his departure from the Eagles.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Owens next, but they failed to advance to a Super Bowl in his three seasons there. After his relationship with Tony Romo fell apart, the team decided not to resign him. Owens then played with the Buffalo Bills, but the team failed to make the playoffs.
This offseason, Owens has reportedly been contacted by the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. His agent Drew Rosenhaus says he expects a deal to be done in the coming weeks. NFL betting lines for the two teams would be much more favorable with Owens on their roster.
The Rams have denied wanting Owens, and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says that he has got all the receivers he needs in Cincinnati.
“We’ve been down that road. I don’t have a concern that we need to add anybody (at receiver),” Lewis said.
Owens was interviewed by the NFL Network Friday, and told interviewer Stacy Dales that he is looking to join a contender.
“It has to be the right situation for me,” Owens told Dales Friday. “I’m going in on my 15th season, so I want to go to a team that’s on the cusp of making it to the playoffs and really having a team really want me and feel that I can come in and be an asset to their ballclub.”
Teams like the Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use the wide receiver, but don’t fit his criteria for a contender. Owens says he continues to stay in shape, and will be ready when a team comes calling.
“Other than that, I’m still working out and keeping myself in shape, and I’ll be ready,” Owens added.
NFL betting odds have set the Rams’ and Bucs’ chances of winning Super Bowl XLV at +20000, and +15000 respectively