Terrell Owens is coming off of major knee surgery to repair a torn ACL he suffered during the 2010 season, and as a result, he was forced to miss the entire 2011 NFL season.
Owens, 38, believes he can still play and contribute in the NFL, and he recently said the Ravens are a team he could help.
“I know I can play,” Owens said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s not even a question, that I can play. You look at the NFC championship (game) and the AFC championship (game). You look at those games, especially the NFC championship. (The 49ers’) starting receiving corps had one catch for three yards. You look at the AFC championship. The Baltimore Ravens the past two years brought in two guys they thought could get the job done. It comes down to crucial catches and they didn’t make those catches. So I am definitely aware of my talents.”
Owens is spot on about the Ravens’ last two playoff losses having been marked by crucial, untimely drops. Receivers Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmanzadeh failed to secure passes from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in critical situations in Pittsburgh two years ago.
And this year, Lee Evans was stripped off a touchdown reception that would have most likely sent the Ravens to the Super Bowl.
Without a doubt, the flamboyant Owens believes he would have made those catches.
“I have never been shy of confidence. For whatever reason, I didn’t play this year. That doesn’t mean I can’t play the game. Everybody knows I’m in great shape. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity,” Owens said.
Baltimore traded for Owens prior to the 2004 season, but the deal was overturned because Owens wanted to play in Philadelphia with quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Now that Owens is desperately seeking a return to the NFL, the Ravens aren’t likely to give him a serious look. Having amassed career totals of 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns, which are numbers that will likely get the receiver inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, his best years are obviously in the rear view mirror.
Currently, Owens is catching passes for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League in hopes of returning to the NFL.