Eskimos release Terrell Owens from negotiation list

The Edmonton Eskimos have released Terrell Owens from the team’s 45-player negotiation list, per sources.

That means he’s free to be signed or added to any other CFL teams negotiation list.

Owens activated the 10-day window on July 14 that made the Eskimos consider whether or not to offer him a contract or release his rights and that’s what’s happened. The move by Owens was a sign he’s interested in coming to play in the CFL.

Edmonton has the top two receivers in the league by yards – Duke Wiliams and Derel Walker – while Kenny Stafford is fifth, reigning MOP quarterback Mike Reilly really likes Bryant Mitchell and Vidal Hazelton is on the six-game injured list, all highly thought of by the Eskimos. Canadians Nate Behar and Natey Adjei have become reliable targets on offence and that led to a ratio shift among the receivers spots which meant not as many Americans were needed.

The 44-year-old Owens has not played in a professional game since 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. But he can still run – fast, clocking a 4.43 40-yard dash.

In 2012 he played eight games with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League making 35 receptions for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Seattle Seahawks signed Owens during training camp in 2012 but released him a few weeks later. Owens captained and played for the self-named Team Owens in the inaugural game of the American Flag Football League last June.

During 16 NFL seasons, Owens had 15,934 career receiving yards which rank second all-time in NFL history and 153 receiving touchdowns put him third. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro in the NFL. Owens was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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30 Comments on Eskimos release Terrell Owens from negotiation list

  1. Zirgle Fweebly // July 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm //

    Riders! Yes, sign him quick!!!

  2. C Jones should jump on that right away!
    Slideshow could use a superb rec like TO. Would not matter which player sits as a result. Nothing gained, nothing lost. He could stay at the Super 8 with Chris Jones.

  3. JohnnyO // July 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

    Heading to Montreal.

  4. CowtownDave // July 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

    LOL – look for the Argos or Als to sign this 44 year old washed up NFLer to try and put a few more bums in the seats. That should have about the same impact as Chad Ochocinco, both on the field and off. Except that Ocho wasn’t 44 and 8 years removed from a real game. History repeats itself. If they really want to get a few more paying customers in Toronto and Montreal, may I suggest O.J. Simpson? He was a heck of a running back – one of the all-time greats!

  5. 2ndly..what the hell are the Esks doing putting this wash up on their neg list?
    Sunderland is brain dead already.

    • Shawn Goldwater // July 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm //

      Yes that was my question too. Edmonton is a premiere franchise. I can see a bottom-feeder like Montreal listing him, but not the Eskimos,

  6. bigplay // July 20, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

    I can see Jim Popp signing him, Popp signs guys like Carter, Wilder,Michael Sam and Chad Johnson just in hopes of being interviewed on American Television.Heloves the spot light Thats why he kept trying to Coach and always is on the Sidelines as a GM you do not see Huff prancing around on the sidelines with ridiculous mane of grey hair do you?

  7. Enrico Arcuri // July 20, 2018 at 5:51 pm //

    Any TO can return punts & kickoffs in The Hammer ?!?

  8. Shawn Goldwater // July 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm //

    Yes it would totally be in Popp’s character to do that, for the very reasons you say.

    But now that he’s away from Andrew Wetenhall and working with Trestman again, I’m guessing he won’t have the leeway to pull that sort of crap?

  9. Stampeding // July 20, 2018 at 8:51 pm //

    He will probably end up with the Riders. He is better right now than any other player on the Riders roster.

    • Green=Money // July 20, 2018 at 9:04 pm //

      If he is smart he would want to go to Saskatchewan. Best up and coming team and nicest stadium. He’s a fitness freak. Could you imagine the look on his face if he went to Calgary and saw the tool shed. I mean “weight room?!”

    • Puck Hog // July 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm //

      Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. I’m going to make a scrap book of all your ridiculous claims. Then when the Stamps subsequently and inevitably self destruct, I will match up your excuses to your comments. It’ll be fun.

  10. Why the hell did Edmonton bother to put him on their negotiation listings the first place then?

  11. Evil Empire // July 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm //

    Why did they freaking well add him to begin with, then ? This is all kinds of stupid. They wasted a spot on their neg list. It’s not really a big deal to waste a spot on the neg list, but why add a guy if you’re not actually interested in him? Especially since they only added him within the last cpl months.

  12. Hoping they could trade him for something probably like a draft choice?

  13. Jim Bob // July 21, 2018 at 1:22 am //

    T.O.= Toronto in more ways than one. Argos have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain if Terrell do his thing on and off the field.

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