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Terrell Owens signs with an Indoor Football League team

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Terrell Owens' return to the Dallas area won't be as triumphant as he hoped. The former NFL star announced Wednesday that he signed to play for an Indoor Football League team in the Dallas suburb of Allen.

T.O. posted a brief message on Twitter in which he said he'll be a co-owner and player for the Allen Wranglers and -- whoa, hold up. The Wranglers? The Wranglers? If Brett Favre doesn't come back to play quarterback for this team, then all those "this is our country" commercials will have been aired in vain. It's a perfect opportunity. That could be his teammate. That could be his quarterback.

That's not happening, of course, because, uh, how do I put this nicely without insulting the fine folks in Allen, Texas, and at the IFL? Let's just say that playing against teams like the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Colorado Ice is a brief step down from where T.O. had hoped to be this season. Following a 72-catch campaign for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, Owens suffered an ACL injury in the offseason. He held a workout in October that no NFL team attended.

[Related: Former NFL star Terrell Owens says he is 'in hell']

This caused T.O. to look for work opportunities elsewhere. He found it in Allen. ESPN Dallas reports that Wranglers GM and former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson helped lure T.O. to the team.

"I want to make the Allen Wranglers the No. 1 attraction in Collin County," owner Jon Frankel said of Owens in one of the most "Texas" statements of all time.

The Wranglers' schedule begins Feb. 25. Calvin Watkins reports that Owens has yet to decide whether he'll play in all games or just ones at home.

Maybe this is another stop in Owens' path to the NFL or maybe it's rock bottom. I'm leaning toward the latter, mainly because of this ominous line from that ESPN Dallas article: "Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn't return a call seeking comment."

When Drew Rosenhaus passes up a chance to say something -- anything -- about Terrell Owens, that ain't good.

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