Soon-to-be inducted Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens turns 45 later this year and hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2010. Those facts alone should lead anyone to dismiss the Owens comeback rumors that have bubbled up over the offseason without much thought.
However, Owens seems invested in at least making the sports world consider whether he remains capable of playing football at the professional level. Owens’ posts on social media, which include a video of the retired wideout supposedly running the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.4 range, suggest he still possesses the athleticism to pull it off.
So, what if Owens really does want to play football again? Would a team like the Green Bay Packers have interest?
While some believe the Packers could add former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant later this offseason, another ex-Dallas pass catcher has volunteered himself for the job. Owens said landing in Green Bay “still can happen,” though no team has shown any inclination to add him. This, while a fun exercise in the fantastical, seems utterly preposterous even if it does make for a good headline.
While Drew Brees remains the face of the New Orleans Saints, last year’s offense succeeded primarily due to the two-headed backfield of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Packers don’t have a running back as established as either New Orleans rusher, but the combination of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and Ty Montgomery could similarly reduce the burden on Aaron Rodgers.
Of the three wideouts drafted by the Packers in April, Equanimeous St. Brown has probably garnered most of the attention given his Notre Dame pedigree. However, the team selected Missouri’s J’Mon Moore two rounds earlier, suggesting he could carve out a role sooner.
The Packers have donated a record amount in grants to five local charities. Each grant comes in at $250,00 and will help educational and medical causes for children.