Roughly a month after initially being added to the Esks’ neg list, there were reports that Owens activated his 10-day window last week, forcing Eskimos GM Brock Sunderland to either sign the former NFL star or let him free.
In this event, Owens would be free to sign with any Canadian Football League team.
Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010, but stunned the internet back in June when he was timed running a 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds.
Perhaps Owens just wasn’t a fit for Edmonton, a team that already boasts one of the deepest and most talented groups of receivers in the CFL — a corps that even Bryant Mitchell is having a difficult time cracking at the moment, even with Vidal Hazelton sidelined.
Friday’s report doesn’t mean the Owens saga is over, however. There could be interest elsewhere across the league, and the mere thought of Edmonton adding Owens to the neg list means Sunderland saw something in the legendary NFL receiver.
At Owens’ age, and after such a long time out of the game, the notion of a football comeback might seem farfetched for Owens. But the six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection has entertained the notion as recently as this year, when he was interviewed while speaking at the BC Lions’ Orange Helmet Awards.
In a decade and a half south of the border, Owens hauled in over 1,000 passes for nearly 16,000 yards and 153 touchdowns. It was announced he would be inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in February.
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