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    Sources: Rams intensify Owens talks
    By Chris Mortensen
    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    The St. Louis Rams have intensified discussions in hopes of signing free agent Terrell Owens, according to sources close to the player and team.

    The Cincinnati Bengals, as reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, are also engaged in talks with Owens.

    The Bengals signed free-agent receiver Antonio Bryant during the offseason but Bryant has struggled so far. According to a team source, that has motivated the Bengals to take another look at Owens.

    One source said the Rams have gotten very aggressive in their pursuit of Owens and it's possible that Owens will sign with the Rams or Bengals within the next 48 to 72 hours.

    Chris Mortensen is ESPN's senior NFL analyst.
    I don't think that Owens would be a good fit in terms of Spags' Four Pillars, nor do I know how good of a role model he'd be as a veteran presence for a young group of receivers. But this is the report that's out there, and Mortensen notes on Twitter that both Rams HC Spagnuolo and OC Shurmur were both in Philly when TO was there.

  • #2
    Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

    Originally posted by Nick View Post
    I don't think that Owens would be a good fit in terms of Spags' Four Pillars, nor do I know how good of a role model he'd be as a veteran presence for a young group of receivers. But this is the report that's out there, and Mortensen notes on Twitter that both Rams HC Spagnuolo and OC Shurmur were both in Philly when TO was there.
    Can't say I'm thrilled over this news - as to put it as charitably as possible - I've never been a fan of Owens .. I'll venture this though - it might be fun having him around when we play the whiners ...


    • #3
      Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

      This is pretty good news. I mean sure, he had a bad immature problem, but that was years back. What did he say or do when he was on the bills?

      He can provide a good #1 WR for us, hopefully teach the younger guys, and give us 1 year of a decently balanced attack and a upgrade and depth. Maybe this could be a really good thing.

      I hope we sign him and he produces.


      • #4
        Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

        I think I just threw up in my mouth


        • #5
          Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

          For some reason I really dont mind these news. I think he has grown up lately and he can be a great possesion receiver. The only problem is if the season doesnt go well at the beginning he might go sour and I dont his influence on young Sam.


          • #6
            Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

            If Spags thinks that T.O is better than what we currently have then I don't have a problem with signing him.

            Could give Bradford a number 1 receiver that other teams will respect.

            If nothing else it will stop teams loading the box with 8 or 9 players to stop Jackson.


            • #7
              Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

              Rams in "serious pursuit" of T.O.
              Posted by Mike Florio on July 24, 2010 4:16 PM ET
              In a recent interview with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Rams running back Steven Jackson sung the praises of a couple of the team's young wideouts.

              Unfortunately, Jackson didn't know their names.

              Jackson likely knows the name of a veteran wideout who could soon be joining the team. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports, and we separately have confirmed, that the Rams are in "serious pursuit" of Terrell Owens.

              Owens has talked openly about playing for a contender. In recent years, the Rams have contended only for the first overall pick in the draft, finishing at No. 2 twice before finally applying that extra effort required to climb that specific mountain.

              Along the way, the Rams have won a total of six games in three seasons, bottoming out at 1-15 in 2009.

              The competitive limitations that the Rams are experiencing likely means that T.O. will want more money from the Rams than other teams would have to pay. It has been widely believed that Owens seeks $5 million for 2010.

              The Rams' interest proves that not every member of the 2004-05 Eagles coaching staff has adopted an N.F.W. approach to a reunion with T.O. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo served as linebackers coach and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer was the quarterbacks coach in Philly when Owens had a great first season, followed by a Year Two nightmare culminating in a four-game unpaid suspension and an invitation to get the hell out for the rest of the campaign, with pay.

              In contrast, Spagnuolo and Shurmur had no interest in trading for long-time Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

              The Bengals also are interested in Owens, and it's expected that the situation will heat up this week. Apparently, it already is.


              • #8
                Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                I like it. TO wants to win and he gets an attitude because he wants the ball. the move helps AVERY and Jackson. Also, bradford/feeley won't have less options but more options. Last season TO did not have a good season and had 800+ yards....Avery had 589 yards. I like it.


                • #9
                  Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens


                  Several NFL teams, including the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, have maintained contact with free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens this offseason. However, a Rams source scoffed at a report that the team was in serious pursuit of Owens or aggressively courting him, calling it "overzealous."

                  Also, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was dismissive of the idea of signing Owens during a Tuesday interview with the team's official Web site. Said Lewis: "We've been down that road. I don't have a concern that we need to add anybody (at receiver)."

                  Owens has made no secret of his desire to join Chad Ochocinco in Cincinnati and visited the Bengals early in the offseason, but they haven't offered a deal that has gotten his attention. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also said Friday that a report the receiver would sign with the Bengals and a deal was imminent was "not true."

                  The reality is any team that truly wanted Owens could make a substantial offer and expedite a move. And at this stage in free agency -- six months into the process for a healthy player such as Owens -- there isn't a whole lot of courting and pursuing that needs to be done. Rosenhaus sent out communications to all NFL teams throughout the offseason, letting them know the general salary parameters that his clients, including Owens, are seeking.

                  Furthermore, Owens is trying to catch on with a contender if all possible, and teams such as the Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- who could use him -- don't meet that criteria. It's also unlikely that those teams would make a substantial financial contribution for a 36-year-old player who in essence would be a one-year rental.

                  "It has to be the right situation for me," Owens told NFL Network's Stacey Dales on 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. Other than that, I'm still working out and keeping myself in shape, and I'll be ready."

                  Still, it would be stunning if Owens isn't signed at some point during training camp and the preseason. Rosenhaus has said he anticipates a deal in the coming week or weeks.


                  • #10
                    Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                    I really don't know wheter this is a good idea or not...

                    On one side he can provide some much needed Offence even though he hadn't had a great season with the Bills. But with our current receivers we should be grateful to (probably) get a receive of this caliber.

                    The other side is his character. He had some problems with pretty every team he has been with. And i'm not sure if it's a good thing for Bradford. He definitely is going to be the #1 receiver but i don't know if he's not going to yell to Bradford at every huddle just to get the ball...

                    Anyway, we'll see within the next days if it's going to happen. And for the case he's going to be with the rams next season we just to wait to find out if he provides some help for our young guys.

                    greetz from Austria


                    • #11
                      Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                      I wouldn't mind having Terrell on the field for one season. He would really open up the field for the other receivers and give us a true number one threat.

                      Also, I don't think he would have as much to complain about as everyone is implying. He knows that the Rams have the worst record in the NFL and are going through a rebuilding process. I mean seriously, what's he going to say? I didn't know what I was getting into.

                      Personally, I'd be REALLY surprised if he signed with us anyways, for guys like him it's about the glory and the money, not just the money.

                      I will tell you one thing, between adding Bradford and Owens the Rams sure would get a lot more media time, which I expect is one of the coaching staffs reasons for chasing him. The front office has been to cheap to chase anyone else, what other reason could they have for chasing a thirty six year old diva?
                      Last edited by mikhal5569; -07-24-2010, 02:40 PM.


                      • #12
                        Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                        Please DON'T bring this cancer to the RAMS.....I want the team to take 2 steps forward not 10 steps back.


                        • #13
                          Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                          T.O. ... yes! Championship!
                          LA RAMMER

                          It's Jim not Chris


                          • #14
                            Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                            Originally posted by LaRamsFanLongTime View Post
                            I think I just threw up in my mouth
                            Same thing I did when Vick's name was mentioned. This time, I didn't...I went fishing last weekend for catfish, using chicken livers. Guess who left them in the cooler, sitting out in the hot sun all week?

                            Yep, Tawn did. After I opened up that cooler and survived, I figured I could read about this rumor and it wouldn't be as bad.

                            It was close....but week-old chicken livers sitting in a closed cooler in 100 degree heat barely edged this out for puke-worthiness...but not by much.


                            • #15
                              Re: Sources: Rams in pursuit of Terrell Owens

                              Hey guys - Not sure if you guys realized but we've won 3 of 32 games and one of those we needed a fake field goal to beat the 2nd worst team in the league (us being the first). Beggars can't be choosers - the guy has never been arrested or in trouble with the law and pushed others to compete.

                              The guy didn't disrupt in Buffalo and he is still incredibly talented.

                              Bring him IN!


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                              • Milan
                                Owens at it YET again!
                                by Milan
                                Nov 6 Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Terrell Owens had a fistfight with former defensive end and current team ambassador Hugh Douglas. The fight occurred in front of several of his teammates. According to one of the sources the Owens-Douglas fight "was like WWE Smackdown." Another source said both men threw at least two punches during the altercation and when it was over Owens challenged QB Donovan McNabb first and then everyone else in the room saying, "You want some. Anyone else want some." The Eagles refused to comment about the situation, other than the statement that revealed Owens' suspension. Owens and Douglas have been at odds since training camp and almost got into an altercation in an elevator at Lehigh University.

                                - Yahoo Sports.

                                -11-06-2005, 11:29 AM
                              • Nick
                                Terrell Owens out SEVEN WEEKS!!!
                                by Nick
                                Breaking news I just heard on Sirius radio. Best case scenario for TO is Super Bowl Sunday!
                                -12-20-2004, 01:07 PM
                              • Nick
                                Terrell Owens.. disgruntled? Couldn't be...
                                by Nick
                                Eagles: Owens frustrated with second-half offense
                                By BOB GROTZ
                                [email protected]

                                PHILADELPHIA -- Like Terrell Owens, Andy Reid questioned the offensive game plan in the second half of the Eaglesí 30-8 blowout of Carolina.
                                At his Monday news conference, Reid conceded his traditional comments about "doing a better job as a coach" applied specifically to Owens, who was shutout in the second half.

                                Reid vowed he could put the ball in the hands of T.O. -- even when the opposition rolls its coverage toward the receiver, turning the area into a mosh pit, as the Panthers did.

                                "There are ways of getting it to him then, yeah," Reid said. "Thatís where Iíve got to do a better job."

                                The Eagles can ill-afford a disgruntled Owens if they want to reach Jacksonville, site of Super Bowl XXXIX.

                                Owens is a primary reason the Eagles are 5-0 for the first time since 1981, and leading the NFC East by a half of a game. The New York Giants (4-1) are next, followed by Dallas (2-3) and Washington (2-4). The Eagles also lead the NFC, with Atlanta (5-1) and Minnesota (4-1) close behind.

                                The opposition certainly will watch tape of John Foxís defense, which reduced Owens, quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook to little more than spectators in the second half of the 30-8 rout. Fox almost always has done a solid job of defending McNabb, dating back to his tour as defensive coordinator of the Giants.

                                Owens had four grabs for 123 yards in the first half, including highlight quality catches of 53 and 51 yards. Those proved to be his game totals. Worse, Owens didnít get into the end zone for the first time this season, robbing him of his seventh different celebration.

                                Owens likely went into the intermission thinking he could get 200 receiving yards on cornerback Ricky Manning and the Panthers. But McNabb threw just one pass toward him in the second half, and it fell incomplete.

                                Owens said he was open at times, that the Eagles should have taken more shots down the field and that he was just thankful they won. There was no mention of Reid taking it easy on his colleague and good friend, Fox.

                                "I think as an offense we were very frustrated," Owens said. "We didnít do the necessary things to kind of balance our offense, as far as the run and the pass. We got the win. Weíve just got to move on and watch the film."

                                It probably wonít be a film session with popcorn and soft drinks. The Eagles managed just 93 yards of offense, three three-and-outs in the second half after producing 190 in the first half. A McNabb interception made it nastier.

                                Except for a 42-yard Westbrook scoring run with 2:08 remaining, the Eaglesí running game was AWOL. McNabb completed throws to just six receivers, a notch or two below...
                                -10-19-2004, 10:32 PM
                              • ZiaRam
                                Terrel Owens a Seagull
                                by ZiaRam
                                LOL we are blessed to be in a divison with aged former stars Owens and Moss....Bet these experiments dont pan out especially after things dont go right and they start their old antics.
                                -08-08-2012, 08:17 AM
                              • HUbison
                                Owens suspended
                                by HUbison
                                ESPN is reporting the Eagles have suspended T. Owens indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
                                -11-05-2005, 09:30 AM