“I think a lot of it has to do with my reputation, things that I’ve done earlier in my career, but I’m a changed person. I’m a little bit more mature than I was in year past,” Owens said.
Owens, 39, has not played in the NFL since Week 15 of the 2010 regular season when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. After his time in Cincinnati, he took the entire 2011 season off while he recovered from left knee ACL surgery.
He attempted to continue his career with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, that included a team ownership stake, but he was released just weeks into the season. He lost his stake in the team also.
Now he is just looking for someone to give him a chance.
“I know I can still play and it’s a matter of somebody just giving me the opportunity to go out there and play,” he said to “NFL AM”.
Owens even knows what kind of offense he prefers to play in.
“I think anything West Coast (system) would fit me, be more suitable for myself, considering that’s where I started. Obviously you have got a team like the Vikings. I’m very familiar with Coach (Andy) Reid who’s at the Kansas City Chiefs. Right here at this stage of my career, it all depends on the right situation, the right team.”
Over the weekend in an interview with CBS Sports, Owens told Mike Freeman that he would walk away from the game if a team doesn't’t sign him.
“If I play this year, that’d be awesome,” Owens said in the interview. “If I don’t play this year, I’m retiring.”
“That’s just me being realistic. I want to play again. I want to go out on top with a team. I think I can still play, but if I don’t think I can play, tell me why. If it’s because you don’t like me, then that’s fine, but don’t’ tell me I can’t still play.”
So attention all 32 NFL teams…
On the auction block is a 39-year-old wide receiver who has suffered an ACL injury in the last two years and who has a tendency to split locker rooms, argue with quarterbacks and coaches and celebrate excessively.
What’s the bid on him?