Terrell Owens would like to play for Chiefs or Vikings

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Terrell Owens still has his sights set on the NFL, particularly with Kansas City or Minnesota. But it might be a tall order since the receiver hasn’t caught an NFL pass since 2010.

By Nate Davis
USA TODAY Sports

Even though he hasn’t caught an NFL pass since 2010, Terrell Owens still is hoping to latch on somewhere for a 16th season. He’s even got some ideas about where he’d be a good fit.

“Anything West Coast (a team running that style of offense) would fit me and be more suitable for myself considering that’s where I started,” T.O. told NFL Network’s NFL AM on Wednesday.

“Obviously you look at a team like the Vikings. I’m very familiar with coach (Andy) Reid, who is over there at the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, right at this stage in my career, it just depends on the right situation and the right team.”

He might mean any situation with any team.

Owens, who didn’t finish his final season with the Cincinnati Bengals due to a knee injury, has toiled playing Arena ball and didn’t stick with the Seattle Seahawks after getting a tryout in the 2012 preseason.

The Minnesota Vikings and Chiefs have each invested a lot of money (Greg Jennings and Dwayne Bowe, respectively) and recent first-round picks (Cordarrelle Patterson, Jonathan Baldwin) in their receiving corps of late. Apparently they’re not calling Owens, nor is anyone else.

“I understand the process; obviously teams are really taking a closer look and evaluating their younger players,” he said. “Being a free agent, I understand that later in the months and as training camps start, they’ll start looking for veterans.”

Owens, who has 1,078 career receptions, has vowed to retire if he doesn’t get a shot to play in 2013.

He may have to follow through on that promise even though he claims to be a reformed man after years of fueling the perception that he was a divisive locker room presence in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas.

“It’s all politics. I think a lot of it has to do with my reputation, things that I’ve done earlier in my career,” Owens said. “But I’m a changed person. I’m a little bit more mature than I was in years past.

“I know that I could still play the game. It’s just a matter of someone just giving me an opportunity to go out there and play.”

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