"I'm no longer a Seahawk," Owens wrote. "I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver."
The Seahawks have yet to officially announce the roster move.
While the 38-year-old Owens showed that his legs are still great, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 and 4.45 seconds in early August, he had trouble showing that his hands are still great, dropping several passes during the preseason.
Owens went in to the Aug. 24 game against the Kansas City Chiefs needing to make a great impression on Seahawks coaches after mishandling a number of passes against the Denver Broncos the week before. It's widely believed that he was fighting for a roster spot with Braylon Edwards.
Against the Chiefs, however, he dropped another long pass before winding up with two receptions for 41 yards. Edwards finished with one reception for 31 yards.
Making Owens' position with the team even more fragile was the recent observation by Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune that the old T.O. was back.
"He still appears to be the same T.O. who complains when things are not going his way," reported Williams.
The return to health of Sidney Rice and the promise that Edwards has shown during the preseason appear to have been the tipping point for the Seahawks.
As a lifelong Seahawks fan, I'm relieved. I never liked the signing of Owens to begin with, given his long and rocky history with football teams in the NFL and the Indoor Football League. There's just too much baggage there for him to be an asset to the team.
With his release this early in the preseason, however, Owens now has an opportunity to catch on with another receiver-starved team before the beginning of the regular season.
I wish him the best of luck. I'm just glad that he's no longer on my team.
The author grew up in Washington State and is a lifelong fan of the Seahawks. He's also a Featured Contributor in Sports with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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