Terrell Owens just keeps finding people to blame for his downward spiral. Everybody cannot be wrong. I have always said that I have a lot of love for Terrell Owens, but there is no smoke without fire.
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“I am making changes in my life so I can continue my career as a professional football player,” Owens said in a statement on his website. “I have hired Jordan Woy as my new agent. It was important for me to hire someone who believes in my ability to help an NFL team and believes in me as a person.”
The 38-year-old wide receiver, recently released by the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, still harbors visions of a return to the NFL, where he last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
“I love the game of football and I know I can help a team,” Owens’ statement said. “I have had to go through some humbling times, but I am more determined than ever to show a team that I can be a huge asset to them as a player and a team leader in the locker room.”
After his very public release from the Wranglers, it was reported that the team offered Owens a $50 severance package that also included TO being evicted from the home the Wranglers provided him and forced to hand over the keys to a loaner Jeep Cherokee.
Shortly after, Owens demanded a public apology from the Wranglers and $160,000, an amount Owens believes he is owed for four game checks. According to his attorney, Owens was most upset that the team said a missed charity appearance at a local hospital played a role in his release.
Owens claimed the Wranglers privately acknowledged that a team publicist gave him an incorrect date for the visit.
“Our fans are amongst the best in the league and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player’s lack of effort both on and off the field,” Wranglers owner John Frankel said in a statement at the time of Owens’ release. “We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community.”
Owens appears ready to put the episode with the Wranglers behind him and focus on a return to the NFL, where he has played 15 seasons for five teams. For his career, Owens is sixth on the all-time list in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and tied for second in receiving TDs (153).
“I am in the best shape of my life and preparing daily,” Owens said on his website. “I am looking for a team who will give me that chance and I know I will pay big dividends to them as a player and teammate.”