Ed Hervey wants nothing to do with Terrell Owens.
The B.C. Lions general manager was asked if he had any interest in signing the 44-year-old, Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver and he was adamant in his answer.
“No,” Hervey said with a scoff. “No, no. Honestly, I heard that – I don’t do the circus. That’s not what I’ve ever been about, I’m not looking for headlines, I’ve never been looking to be the story. We’re looking for people that can play. He’s 44, now he may be able to do something for some team, but we’re not desperate like that,” Hervey said on TSN 1260 in Edmonton.
“If I wanted to bring someone back I’d call Terry Vaughn or we have Geroy Simon here. We can get guys back if we wanted to start an old league, but that’s not what we do here and I’ve never been about that. Anyone who made that kind of claim that we were interested that is a completely false statement.”
Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and GM Chris Jones, a former colleague of Hervey, worked Owens out in Tennessee last Sunday. That came after the Edmonton Eskimos added and then dropped Owens from their negotiation list. Hervey believes there are different reasons for franchises potentially wanting to add Owens.
“It depends on what you’re trying to do. You got some people that just want to sell tickets to get people in the stadium and you got some people that want to play good football. We’re all about good football. If you want to be talked about and you want to be the story and have your brand out there mentioned with something associated with it then you do it,” Hervey said.
“Quality players are what we want. Hell, let me go see if I can get Deion Sanders out of retirement to come play some football, would that sell some tickets? Or is that going to make us a better football team? No. We just need to realize it’s a young man’s game, let’s give young people opportunities and give them a chance to play. If we’re looking to be a Twitter hit or to be talked about there is more constructive ways to make news.”
Speculation about the Lions being linked to Owens had no merit to it, even though Owens was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Orange Helmet Awards in April.
“I was sitting at home and I heard the B.C. Lions were kicking tires, I was like no, absolutely not,” Hervey said.
“I don’t get upset at a lot of things, but when stuff like that is thrown out don’t ruin our credibility. We wanted nothing to do with that. Zero.”