Looks like no T.O. in Oakland

So much for the rumors that recently released wide receiver Terrell Owens is coming to Oakland. The Buffalo Bills have called a press conference to announce the signing of Owens to a one-year deal, according to Sirius radio.

Owens was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week and speculation on where the talented but troublesome wide receiver would land. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that only two teams were interested in signing Owens, one of them being the Raiders.

That began a wild day of rumors that seemed to pick up steam even after a team official was quoted anonymously saying there was no way Oakland would bring Owens in.

Maybe now those rumors will stop.

Sirius radio reported that Owens was on his way to Buffalo to meet with Bills officials Saturday. Later another report surfaced saying Owens has agreed to a one-year deal and that a press conference had been called.

Still, it was intriguing to consider T.O. wearing silver and black. The Raiders have a young group of wide receivers, two of whom made considerable strides in 2008: Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens. But Javon Walker missed much of the season with an ankle injury and no other veteran receiver stepped up for Oakland.

Walker, who one internet site incorrectly reported had been released by the Raiders earlier, recently agreed to restructure his contract and will head into the team's offseason workout program later this month as Oakland's No. 1 receiver.

Having Owens would have enabled the Raiders to use Walker as the No. 2 spot, which might be best suited for him considering his past two injury-plagued seasons, or they could have released him.

When his head is right and he's not worrying about how many passes are thrown his way, Owens is among the best receivers in the game who is capable of dominating like few other players can. But he's also proven to be a major distraction to his teammates and burned bridges every place he's been.

That's never been a big problem for Raiders owner Al Davis, which is why everyone started targeting Oakland as the next home for Owens.

For whatever reason, though, the Raiders decided to hold off and didn't get into the Owens fray.

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