Falcons discussed bringing in Terrell Owens, Blank says

Terrell Owens, who lives in Atlanta and attended a Hawks-Milwaukee playoff game in April, came up in discussions with the Falcons.

Terrell Owens, who lives in Atlanta and often attends Hawks games, came up in discussions with the Falcons. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Terrell Owens never was close to becoming a Falcon this offseason. But yes, the team did talk about it.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said this morning that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith discussed the possibility of signing Owens to bolster the team’s receiving corps “about 30 days ago.” Blank even joined the discussions briefly. But ultimately they decided not to make a move on the former free agent, who recently signed with Cincinnati.

“We talked but the conversations were short-lived,” Blank said. “It’s not a criticism of him. We just decided that with Roddy [White] in place, Michael Jenkins still developing, Harry Douglas coming back and the young man we drafted from Kansas [Kerry Meier] coming in, that we didn’t feel a need to bring him in.”

Owens, a long-time Atlanta resident, signed with Cincinnati after spending last year with Buffalo. The Bengals are his fourth team in six years. While some believe he still has the skills to be a solid No. 2 receiver, despite being 36 years ago, he has been a locker room problem for much of his career. That likely figured into the Falcons’ thinking.

Blank’s comments were part of a wide-ranging interview for a column I’ll be posting later today. Check back here later, as the Falcons prepare to open training camp.

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79 comments Add your comment

beoti

July 29th, 2010
9:33 am

TROTTINGHOME

July 29th, 2010
9:36 am

T.O…..turd omlette

82Dawg

July 29th, 2010
9:44 am

Why would they want him in the locker room?

Wo Fat

July 29th, 2010
9:44 am

Ah so, vedy good!

Falcon Fan

July 29th, 2010
9:44 am

Why would they want him in the locker room??

PMC

July 29th, 2010
9:45 am

*meeting opens* ok so… uh guys… available free agents… hey TO’s available we need a big wide reciever who can haul down TD’s.

Yeah but he’s in his late 30’s and he drops a lot of passes.

Don’t we have Michael Jenkins in house already for fairly cheap?

Yeah and he drops passes like TO already too.

Ok. moving on……what does everyone want for breakfast…

PMC

July 29th, 2010
9:48 am

For the record though. LOVE LOVE LOVE that he’s in Cincinatti with Ochocinco for the pure entertainment aspect of it. I’ve got nothing against TO. I think he’s fun to watch but there was no reason to bring him here…. I’d rather have Randy Moss for a year.

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The Grinch

July 29th, 2010
10:06 am

Thank god this wasn’t seriously persued. We would have gained a few ticket sales and some media coverage, but the cost to team chemistry wouldn’t have been worth it.

That said, Michael Jenkins really needs to step it up. Nobody with his size and skill set should be as mediocre as he is.

Paul in RDU

July 29th, 2010
10:09 am

PMC @9:45 – Love the post. Sounds like you were there in person!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Yeah, agreed actually can imagine that went just as quickly as PMC states it did.

Bear

July 29th, 2010
10:21 am

Glad they didn’t.

clickdawg

July 29th, 2010
10:23 am

vick has nothing to do with the falcons, please give it a rest people, and we all know the people whom i’m referring to.

YO. PMC

July 29th, 2010
10:23 am

Jenkins just resigned last year to someting like 5 million a year to be average. (not TD’s best move in the front office) They have Jenkins more to block than catch fly patterns down the sideline. Roddy is the second or third highest paid reciver in the league. Fin, HD, Weems and the rookie wont make anything. Another playmaker would be good, but not TO with the solid foundation they have built over the past two. years. I’ll take a Tyson Clabo “pancake” block for breakfast please. Not a TO.

YO. PMC

July 29th, 2010
10:29 am

Next year a Randy Moss sounds good for a one year rental. Then you start thinking that we beat him in the NFC championship game. I was still in college and just thinking about that makes my bones creak. Imagine the wear and tear of a NFL player’s body for 13 years.

FalconUGAFan

July 29th, 2010
10:31 am

Besides TO would get lost in the Atlanta airport..oh wait sorry he wouldn’t make it there….my bad…

Camp on Saturday!

July 29th, 2010
10:32 am

Any early bird season ticket holders going to Flowery Branch for the tour Saturday? Did you receive your passes? What is gong on? I RSVP two weeks ago and nothing yet.

Moose and Squirrel

July 29th, 2010
10:38 am

Cincinnati is a haven for problem children. This doesn’t really work if you want to win football games. It will be an entertaining side show, which has already started since TO missed his flight.

JV

July 29th, 2010
10:39 am

I hope “short lived” means about two seconds.

ReddJonn68

July 29th, 2010
10:40 am

Hey Jeff your real story was right in front of you & ya missed it. This clearly let’s us know that the organization realizes that we do need help at WR. How can they say with a straight face that they discussed T. O., & not acknowledge the real issue. This is the first time I can say that I don’t understand Dimitroff’s intentions, I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt us. It will be the front-office fault this time, because we clearly had a chance to address a need, & not waste time discussing wannabe celebrities !!!!

Jeff Schultz

July 29th, 2010
10:43 am

ReddJonn68 — You make a valid point. I’m guessing it came down to the concern of TO being a disruptive force (example: whining when he doesn’t get the ball thrown to him enough) clearly overshadowed whatever it was they concluded he could bring to the team on the field at the age of 36.

Russ

July 29th, 2010
10:45 am

Michael Jenkins is a phenomenon. How can you be on the field that much and never produce?

mike Jay

July 29th, 2010
10:47 am

The excess baggage was not worth disrupting a harmoninous locker room for what would be a 3rd receiver. Plus it would take away from the development of the young recievers. Pretty simple and easy decision.

mike Jay

July 29th, 2010
10:49 am

Doh. Shultz beat me to it! Guess that’s why he get’s paid the big bucks and I am just here avoiding work.

mike Jay

July 29th, 2010
10:50 am

Unconcerned,

Take it easy buddy. TO wasactually nto a distraction at all in Buffalo so it wasworth a discussion at least.

mike Jay

July 29th, 2010
10:50 am

Oh andTO has neverbeen arrested he is just a pain in the a**. Big difference.

Sid

July 29th, 2010
10:51 am

Jeff, man you got me roflmao…………..this conversation was tongue in cheek fodder to bring a smile whilst the off season day to day grind. Falcons open training camp and this is your report?? What you writin’ about D. Orlando………..!!

FalconUGAFan

July 29th, 2010
10:54 am

Jeff, I wonder if this was simply due diligence? Do they typically meet to discuss other available free agents on a regular basis or was this a TO summit?

Tucker T

July 29th, 2010
10:56 am

T.O.? Oh No! Stay away!

ReddJonn68

July 29th, 2010
10:56 am

I hear ya loud & clear Jeff. I don’t disagree with any points made about Crybaby T.O. at all, he’s not the answer. My stance is first of all is Michael Jenkins a valid # 2 wr & secondly how can you be ” still developing ” after playing 7 seasons in the NFL !!!!!!!

mike Jay

July 29th, 2010
11:09 am

Red,

I noticed that ’still devolping’ line as well and chuckled. If jenkins had about 3-4 more TD’s last year he would have been a solid #2 with 50 + catches.

Sid

July 29th, 2010
11:31 am

By the way, just FYI, http://www.footballoutsiders.com has Jenkins ahead of TO and among the top 50 receivers.

Lee

July 29th, 2010
11:31 am

Poor Matt Ryan. The Flacons have the next Tom Brady, and an owner that’s too cheap to go out and get him some top WR’s.

Ellis

July 29th, 2010
11:33 am

Blank seemed to say, because of DEPTH at WR, they didn’t pursue TO. I didn’t get, from Blank’s comments, anything about LIKELY “locker room issues”. That’s putting words in Blank’s mouth.

Fun Guy

July 29th, 2010
11:34 am

TO’s work ethic is 2nd to none. Maybe that would have rubbed off on some Falcons.

Uncle C

July 29th, 2010
11:37 am

Owens works hard, clean off the field, will go down as one of the most productive receivers to ever play. Owens does like to get a little attention, especially when things are going his way. It’s an old way to break a contract. But not illegal.

droopydawg

July 29th, 2010
11:45 am

Comparing TO to Vick is asinine. TO may be a bad teammate and even locker room cancer, but he is not a bad person. He has never been arrested, never been involved in a shooting, etc. He is not even in the same stratosphere as Vick, Plaxico, Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, or even someone like Ricky Williams or Darren McFadden. He is a charitable guy too, he just has a massive ego. ESPN loves to play up every crazy comment he makes because it feeds into their pre-established storyline about him. Unfortunately, most people are not all that smart and do not watch the news (or even sports news) with a critical eye. His “badness” is different in kind and degree from the actual criminals, gangstas, and thugs that populate many rosters in all sports. Political types have a meme that explains the shoddiness of political reporting in the media: “Drudge Rules our World” well most of these comments prove that “ESPN Storylines Run our World.”

Besides, beyond Roddy, the Falcons have an atrocious receiving corps and if TO were willing to be more of a possession receiver than a first-check receiver, he could have been a big improvement for the Falcons.

CoryBoulder

July 29th, 2010
11:48 am

As TOs career gets closer to the end many people should start asking, and I dont know why no one to date has brought it up, has TO done enough to make the HOF. I think the answer is YES. TO has one of the top 5 most prolific careers at the wide receiver position in NFL history. The answer should be a resounding YES that he has hall of fame credentials. However, with all of his problems that TO has had on and off the field, TO might not be voted in because of his constant antics, mood swings, eruptions and disruptions over the course of his career. TO has always been thought of as a “problem child” and therefore might not ever get in. Think of it, if Chris Carter is having trouble getting in Canton with his illustrious career, TO might never ever get in and the hall of fame would certainly be more sanitized without TO on the inside looking out. I hope TO gets in but only time will tell. I think Terrell deserves to get enshrined eventually because he has worked hard to carve out a brilliant career for himself. Owens is an obnoxious athlete but no one could ever question his work ethic and production on the field. The numbers speak for themselves.

droopydawg

July 29th, 2010
11:49 am

Unconcerned: what is your definition of high character? Posting comments on a blog shows a certain level of “look at me-ness” and the narcissism of which we are all guilty that what we think is actually important. The only difference between you and TO is that TO has massive talent and a larger megaphone through which to satisfy his ego.

Again, he is not even remotely a criminal or gang-associated athlete, and he is one of the most charitable athletes in the NFL (he is not Warrick Dunn, but somewhat close).

droopydawg

July 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Fun Guy and Uncle C also made a point I should have: His drive, determination, hustle, effort, and desire to excel and win have also never been questioned.

JTH

July 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Thank goodness Management is no longer is the Beverly Hillbillies, oops I mean the Smiths because this is the kind of crap they used to do. Terrel Owens really?

Jeff is Bored !

July 29th, 2010
11:56 am

OOOHHH_OOOOHHHHH

Rise Up !

Boo the Falcons!!!

July 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

BOOOOOO!!!!! For not sighing TO!
Falcons will finsih 4 – 12!

Sonny Clusters

July 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

The Falcons don’t need T.O. All they have to do is start calling Michael Jenkins, M.J. or maybe Roddy White, R.W. and let them showboat a little and then the Falcons will have their own T.O. Arthur can have them over to the house and they can roast a pig and drink beer and malt liquor and some Perrier and ride Arthur’s horse.

Jeff Schultz

July 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

FalconUGAFan — I’m not sure it was a “summit” or even completely “due diligence.” There’s no secrets about TO. The question is: Is he worth it?

Jeff Schultz

July 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

ReddJonn68 — Yeah, that quote jumped out at me to. But I let it go. Jenkins has a lot to prove. Frankly surprised he was brought back.

Jeff Schultz

July 29th, 2010
12:26 pm

TO ALL: Don’t be certain the wide receiver position is set. That’s one position where guys always pop free as teams make cuts during preseason. Falcons could still make a move there.

TDub

July 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

I have a record of the conversation:

Blank: “Do you think we should get T.O.?”
Dimitroff: “No.”
Blank: “Ok then.”

Andy

July 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

T.O. = Knucklehead!