Terrell Owens dropped from Eskimos negotiating list, now a CFL free agent

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens was dropped from the Edmonton Eskimos negotiation list on Friday, making the 44-year-old a free agent in the CFL. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Terrell Owens’ quest to return to professional football may have just hit a snag.

Edmonton released Owens from its exclusive negotiation list on Friday, meaning Owens won’t be suiting up for the Eskimos this season. The move does, though, make the 44-year-old a free agent in the Canadian Football League should any of the other eight teams choose to pick him up. Owens triggered his 10-day clause with the Eskimos on Tuesday.

Though the move hasn’t hindered his spirits about playing in the NFL. According to Jason Staroszik, his agent handling CFL negotiations, Owens still has a legitimate shot to land with a team this season.

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“It’s definitely not over,” Staroszik told ESPN on Friday. “Terrell could still sign as a free agent with any team that’s interested. We might see another team put him on their negotiation list. Hopefully there’s another team with interest. I feel there is, so we’ll see what happens.”

Owens played in the NFL from 1996-2010, most notably for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame next month in Canton, Ohio, though he will not be attending the ceremony — instead delivering his speech at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he played college football.

Owens posted a video to Instagram in June where he was seen running a 40-yard-dash in just 4.43 seconds, faster than most of the wide receivers who ran the dash at the NFL draft combine this year, and has repeatedly said he wants to make a comeback and play in the NFL again.

Owens’ last real stint in professional football, though, came in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played briefly in the Indoor Football League in 2012 and attended training camp with the Seattle Seahawks that year, but was released before the season started.

The CFL regular season is currently in its sixth week, and runs through November 3.

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