Terrell Owens said he plans to return to the National Football League this year after sitting out the 2011 season and fired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, saying he needs to be represented by someone who “believes in my ability to help an NFL team.”
The 38-year-old Owens, who ranks second to Jerry Rice in NFL history with 15,934 receiving yards, said in a statement on his website that he’s hired Jordan Woy as his new agent. Owens missed last season after knee surgery in April 2011.
“I love the game of football and I know I can help a team,” Owens said on his website. “I have had to go through some humbling times but I am more determined than ever to show a team that I can be a huge asset to them as a player and a team leader in the locker room.”
Rosenhaus didn’t immediately return voice and text messages on his mobile phone seeking comment on Owens’s decision.
A five-time All-Pro, Owens is tied with Randy Moss behind Rice for the NFL’s second-most touchdown catches with 153 and has 1,078 career receptions, sixth on the career list.
Owens joined the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers in February, signing a contract worth between $250,000 and $500,000, but was released in May for missing a team visit to a children’s hospital. While out of football rehabbing his knee, Owens said on his reality television show that he’s had money problems, citing mortgages on real estate and child support payments. He cried on “The T.O. Show” in September while discussing his financial situation and frustration with the person who was managing his money.
Owens, who has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals over his 15-year NFL career, said he’s looking forward to getting back on the field this year.
“I am looking for a team who will give me that chance and I know I will pay big dividends to them as a player and teammate,” said Owens, who had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games for the Bengals in 2010.
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