Wait, Could 44-Year-Old Terrell Owens Still Be A Productive NFL Receiver?

Bryan Brandom
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What if I told you a Hall of Fame wide receiver with an elite 40-yard dash was still a free agent? Is that something your favorite NFL team would be interested in?

Because it’s true: At 44, Terrell Owens is still freaking fast.

If you believe in the stopwatch skills of Julio Jones, Owens ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash on Monday.

Odell Beckham Jr. ran a 4.43 at the NFL combine in 2014. Antonio Brown ran his at 4.56 four years earlier.

They were half Owens’ age! Half!

In 2010, the wideout’s last NFL season, he hauled in 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games with the Bengals. He was 37.

It would appear he’s still angling for an NFL gig.

In 2016, Owens said he could still approach 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

“It would depend on the situation, depending on the team, what kind of packages they have,” he told Dan Patrick. “I could insert myself somewhere strategically with a good offensive coordinator throughout the season and I could definitely, I would say anywhere to 800 to 1,000. And again, that’s on the shy side.”

He doubled down on the assertion last year, telling Eric Dickerson, “Me not being on the field right now is a joke.”

Though the abilities to change direction and speed are more greatly affected by age than straight-line speed is, there’s little doubt in my mind that, with his size and athleticism, Owens could contribute as a third or fourth receiver on certain NFL teams this year.

Too bad few can stand sharing a locker room with the guy.