Wide receiver Terrell Owens, currently a man without a team, held a workout in California on Oct. 25 under the watchful eye of his agent and members of the media, but no representatives from NFL teams.
His plan was to get someone interested enough to offer him a contact so that he could move from free agent to team member after having surgery in April to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested,” he told the press, which included NFL Network and ESPN.
So far, one team has stepped up: the Chicago Rush of the indoor Arena Football League.
According to the Rush, the team has “extended a contract to six-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens for the 2012 season. The contract will be good for the standard player agreement.”
“We feel that this is an ideal time to approach the future NFL Hall of Famer,” Rush GM and president Gene Nudo said in a statement. “It would be a fantastic honor to add Terrell to our current roster for the 2012 season.”
The 37-year-old Owens played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, recording 72 receptions for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He spent the 2009 season with the Buffalo Bills following three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and eight with the San Francisco 49ers.
His career totals include 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 TDs, plus another three TDs rushing.
The Rush feel that TO would fit right in with the team, which plays in Allstate Arena on the standard 85-foot wide, 50-yard long field. The team was 13-5 in 2011. AFL games are broadcast national on NFL Network.
According to Rush head coach Bob McMillen. “Terrell would absolutely complement our current wide receiving corps. His animation and over-the-top energy would be an excellent addition in the locker room, and the Chicago fans would undoubtedly welcome him here in Chicago.”
The team said that even should Owens not sign, “In honor of this contract offer the Chicago Rush is offering an $81 Flex Plan to its loyal fans. The plan includes four tickets to a Chicago Rush home game.”
In addition, should that not be enticing enough, the package includes “four Rush hats as well as four Rush Nike Dri-Fit training shirts to ensure Rush fans will never have to work out shirtless again,” a reference to Owens’ workout sans jersey.