Terrell Owens‘ prospective path back to a organized football became cloudier on Friday, when the Edmonton Eskimos dropped him from their exclusive negotiating list, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports (on Twitter).
Earlier this week, a report emerged indicating the Pro Football Hall of Fame-bound wide receiver was on the CFL team’s negotiating list. That gave the Eskimos exclusive rights to work out a contract with Owens. The sides had until Tuesday to work out a deal.
Now, he could sign with another CFL team if he chooses (or if another one expresses interest).
Owens said he was not actively seeking a return to the NFL, despite having said for many years he could help a team, but has been training often and indicated he is entertaining the prospect of a comeback. The 44-year-old former All-Pro has trained with Julio Jones this summer.
The CFL’s minimum salary is $54K. It’s possible Owens did not want to return at that rate. Whatever the case may be, he’s no longer connected to Edmonton for a potential gridiron return.
The former 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals wideout has not played since the 2010 NFL season. He’s set to be enshrined in Canton in August, though he won’t be attending the induction ceremony.
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