Terrell Owens is undoubtedly one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. Even though he’s been out of the league since 2010, Owens still has the supreme confidence he showed when he played years ago.
The Hall of Fame wideout watched the 2021 NFL playoffs and couldn’t help but notice the struggles of two teams — the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Owens believes if either team picked him up, it would’ve been playing in Super Bowl 56.
Terrell Owens suggests he could’ve helped the Chiefs or Buccaneers reach the Super Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers exited the playoffs earlier than expected. The Buccaneers lost to the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round. Meanwhile, the Chiefs fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.
Five-time All-Pro wideout Terrell Owens watched the postseason from home and felt like both teams were missing something — his presence.
Owens recently appeared on The Pivot Podcast before the 2022 Super Bowl. He adamantly stated his case for why the Chiefs or Buccaneers should’ve signed him for the playoff run.
“I guarantee you, if I would have been on the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, one of those teams could’ve used me. They would still be in the playoffs [Super Bowl] right now. Guaranteed!”
T.O. specifically pointed out Tampa Bay’s situation after losing Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin.
“Tom Brady struggled in the first half,” Owens added. “You put me on that field on third down and red-zone situations, they’re not down 27-3. The game plan changes. If I’m on the field, I garner, and I’m going to have to get some respect. Now, you have mismatches.”
The Hall of Fame wideout has made several attempts to play in the NFL again
Terrell Owens played 15 seasons in the NFL, eight of which were with the San Francisco 49ers. He finished his career with 1,078 receptions, 15,934 receiving yards, and 153 touchdowns en route to six Pro Bowl selections.
T.O. ranks third all-time in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns, and eighth in receptions. It’s no surprise he’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Owens’ longest tenure was with the 49ers, but he also enjoyed statistical success with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Brief stints with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals closed out his career, but he wasn’t the same dominant player he had been over the years.
Owens genuinely feels like he can play in the NFL and be a difference-maker despite being retired. He’s tried to make a comeback on several occasions.
As recently as the summer before the 2021 season, Owens declared he could still play. “I’m not washed up,” he told TMZ Sports. “Once you know how to ride a bike, you know, you don’t forget how to ride that bike.”
While Terrell Owens is still holding out hope, it’s highly unlikely that he ever plays in the NFL again.
T.O. would not have made a difference in the 2021 NFL playoffs
You have to love Terrell Owens’ confidence in himself and his ability on the football field. However, just because he says he can play doesn’t mean an NFL team would believe in him enough to give him a shot.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s difficult to imagine Owens suiting up for either squad.
The Buccaneers lost Chris Godwin to a season-ending knee injury while Antonio Brown quit the team in the middle of the Week 17 victory over the New York Jets. The Chiefs weren’t necessarily lacking options with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Mecole Hardman as the top guys. If a much younger Josh Gordon couldn’t carve out a role, why should we believe T.O. could?
Owens is two years away from turning 50 years old. George Blanda played until he was 48, but this is an entirely different game now. Every year, the players are getting faster and more athletic. While the Hall of Fame wideout keeps himself in tip-top shape, he’d be no match for the young standouts in the NFL today.
If organizations considered Terrell Owens a viable option, they would’ve brought him in by now. T.O. has nothing left to prove and should enjoy his retirement.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.