"A month or less" is the timeframe he gave to Stephen A. Smith. Here's a bit more from the mind of T.O.:
Owens, seemingly suggesting he has no plans to retire in the near-future, followed that by saying he will "be even better next year."
Asked what an NFL owner can expect if a team were to sign the occasionally-mercurial and often-controversial wideout, the 37-year old Owens told Smith, "They gonna get the T.O. that they expect. Don't expect anything less."
He continued, "I'm not gonna waste your time, so I wouldn't expect you to waste my time. When I step on the field, you know what you gonna get."
If he steps on a field, he's probably going to get arrested, because I really don't think he's going to be playing for an NFL team this season.
I hope he does. I wish him the best, I'd love to see him on Sundays, and I think he'd be able to produce. But I just don't see an NFL team giving him that chance. A young team out of the playoff hunt would rather look at its young guys. An established team in the hunt isn't going to want to mess with its chemistry.
I see one team that maybe, maybe makes sense, and that's T.O.'s 2009 employer, the Buffalo Bills. They're either confident he'll fit well in the locker room or they're not -- they don't have to guess or take a risk, because they've experienced it before. From the outside, it didn't seem like he caused any problems up there. Buffalo isn't weak at receiver, but maybe a healthy Owens could find a spot somewhere between Stevie Johnson, David Nelson and Donald Jones.
It's still a longshot, though. Best of luck to him, but I think the soonest we'll see him on an NFL field again is in 2012.
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