In what may be the least surprising football news to break Sunday, Terrell Owens has been cut by the Seattle Seahawks. Owens, who at 38 years old could be finished in the NFL, tweeted confirmation of the news that many football insiders had been expecting since word of his complaining in camp leaked to the media.
"I'm no longer a Seahawk. I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief," Owens said. "My FAITH is intact and it will NOT waiver."
ESPN reported that the team did not confirm the news, although a source in the organization did say Owens was expected to be cut.
Despite having Hall-of-Fame caliber numbers, Owens might be more famous for his off-field conflicts than for scoring touchdowns. The wide receiver left almost every team he played for after causing issues with the quarterback and disrupting team chemistry. The Tacoma News reported that desperation didn't stop Owens from bringing an attitude to the Seahawks camp.
Along with his complaining, the Seahawks were underwhelmed with Owens' play on the field, according to Pro Football Talk. While competing for what might be the last receiver spot on the team with fellow troubled player Braylon Edwards, T.O. failed to catch one pass in Seattle's pre-season game against the Denver Broncos. Edwards is rumored to have the roster spot all but locked up.
Terrell Owens' departure from an NFL team follows the news that his friend, and sometime media co-conspirator, Chad Johnson had been cut the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins, like the Seahawks, had taken a flier on a troubled wideout, but after Johnson was arrested for domestic abuse, the two parties parted ways.
Pro Football Talk wasn't the only major sports outlet to speculate that the Seahawks were Owens' last stop in the NFL. Wide receiver is a relatively deep position in the league, and this player in particular had an especially hard time even finding a team that would take a chance on him. Earlier this year, Grantland ran a profile on Owens that delved into the time he's already spent out of the NFL.
The piece detailed T.O.'s time with the Allen Wranglers, a team in the Indoor Football League. Throughout the article, Owens is shown to be distant from the camaraderie of the team and even missed a team event at a hospital. Before getting a tryout with the Seahawks, Owens was waived by the Wranglers.
Compounding his troubles, in July it was revealed that Owens could face jail time for falling behind on child-support payments, according to WSBTV.com.