When super-agent Drew Rosenhaus can’t find you a job, maybe you’re done.
When you’re released by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, maybe you’re done.
Every NFL team believes that. Most NFL fans believe that. But one man doesn’t believe that.
And that’s Terrell Owens.
Owens apparently hopes that firing Rosenhaus in favor of Dallas-based agent Jordan Woy will resuscitate his career.
“I am making changes in my life so I can continue my career as a professional football player,” Owens said in a released statement to 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.”
Perhaps Owens felt Rosenhaus no longer believes in him. Yet Owens is merely one season removed from tremendous production. He caught 72 passes for 982 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games (11 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. He has since been begging for another chance to show he can still be more than just a pedestrian contributor. Yet not one team has provided him with an opportunity.
Owens’ controversial past and historically me-first mindset is certainly a primary reason that he is being ignored. But several teams are desperate enough for receivers – Cleveland and Jacksonville among them – that it boggles the mind they haven’t taken a flier on Owens.
It remains to be seen how paltry (by NFL standards) a salary Owens will accept to embrace a chance to show he can still be a viable option. He is a prideful player who has racked up nine seasons of 1,000-plus yards receiving and eight of 10 or more touchdowns. But he must accept that at age 38 he can no longer demand a lucrative contract.
Chances are NFL teams are shying away from Owens because they just do not want to deal with the hassle. His brash personality and yearning for publicity results in a media circus wherever he lands. It was worth it when he was arguably the most explosive receivers in the league. It’s not worth it if he’s merely a decent player standing in the way of a young teammate who requires playing time to maximize his potential.
If that’s the line of thinking from those acquiring talent for NFL teams, a new agent won’t make a bit of difference.