AFL team offers Terrell Owens a contract
Terrell Owens is still searching for a new NFL home after playing for five teams in 15 years. (CSM/Landov)
Suffice it to say, this is not quite what Terrell Owens had in mind when he had a televised workout Tuesday in an effort to show he was ready for a comeback.
The Arena Football League's Chicago Rush became the first team to offer Owens a contract -- a "standard player agreement," which comes with a salary of $400 per week.
"We feel that this is an ideal time to approach the future NFL Hall of Famer," Rush GM and president Gene Nudo said in a press release on the team's website. "It would be a fantastic honor to add Terrell to our current roster for the 2012 season."
Rush head coach Bob McMillen added: "Terrell would absolutely complement our current wide receiving corps. His animation and over-the-top energy would be an excellent addition in the locker room, and the Chicago fans would undoubtedly welcome him here in Chicago."
Owens has more than 15,000 yards receiving in his career but is less than a year removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL. His hour-long practice session Tuesday was aired by the NFL Network. No NFL teams sent representatives to the workout.
Don't count on T.O. exploring his backup options any time soon, though. His agent Drew Rosenhaus had this to say about the Rush's offer: "That is absurd. Terrell will only be playing in the NFL."
Separately, he said that no NFL teams have inquired about Owens since his workout.
“No, I haven’t and I don’t think teams are just going to bang down our door,” Rosenhaus told ESPN Radio. “I think they will continue to evaluate this. It may take another injury. It may take a team to lose another game. It might take a team that has a receiver go down or whose offense struggles further, or for a veteran quarterback to come in and say, ‘I want Terrell Owens on my football team.’”Owens will turn 38 before the regular season ends. He's played with five different teams over his 15-year NFL career and three teams over just the past three seasons -- Cincinnati, Buffalo and Dallas.