NFL's Network hosted the unemployed and eminently quotable Terrell Owens, who, for some reason, thinks the Vikings could be in his future.
Owens hasn't played in the NFL since he was cut during training camp last year by the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't actually played a down that counts in the NFL since 2010 when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals.
It doesn't look good for his return to the league because nobody called him during the 2012 season after they sustained wide receiver injuries or signed him once the season ended, and he didn't have to wait until March for free agency to begin. T.O. still wants to play, but the door would appear to be locked from the other side. Still, he isn't ready to call it a career and fill out his retirement paperwork.
"I understand the process," Owens said. "Obviously, teams are taking a closer look in evaluating their younger players. Being a free agent, I understand that later in the months as training camp starts, they'll start looking for veterans."
Owens admitted that his phone hasn't rung with an offer to try out for a team, but when asked what teams would be an ideal fit, he named two teams – Minnesota and Kansas City. He cited a good relationship with Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart, who held the same position with the 49ers when Owens was a young, emerging receiver, as a reason why he believes Minnesota would be a good landing spot.
Ironically, he said Andy Reid being the new head coach in Kansas City was a reason why the Chiefs make sense. Considering that Reid was the man who sent the enigmatic Owens home during the season when his out-of-control antics caused a rift in the team, it doesn't seem overly likely that he would welcome a cancerous influence like Owens has been everywhere he has played.
Owens has never taken ownership of the behavior that got him sent packing by San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati. Instead, he honestly believes he is currently being held accountable for actions he did years earlier.
"It's all politics," Owens said. "I think a lot of it has to do with my reputation – things I've done early in my career. I'm a changed person. I'm a bit more mature than I was in years past and I think if anybody out there can look past that and look at what I can bring to the team (and not) some of the things that happened in the past, I can look past it and maybe they could – and I could go in and help a team develop some of those younger guys."
Just when you thought you had heard everything from Owens, being a selfless mentor ranks up there with the best of his numerous quotes.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.