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Terrelle Owens Says He'll Retire If Not Signed in 2013

The career of Terrell Owens may be nearing it’s end. According to CBS Sports NFL writer Mike Freeman, if Terrell Owens goes unsigned in 2013 and doesn’t land on a team, the wide receiver is going to call it a career.

“If I play this year, that’d be awesome,” Owens said, via CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman. “If I don’t play this year, I’m retiring.”

The question almost everyone has upon hearing this is wasn’t he already retired? The answer to that is no but it seems we’re not far off from having it officially happen. Owens has been in pseudo-retirement since being cut loose by the Seattle Seahawks in training camp last season. Since then Owens has tried to stay relevant but hasn’t been able to do so.

It’s likely that the success of Randy Moss with the San Francisco 49ers showed Owens that there might still be some juice left at the bottom of his cup . But Moss has always been the more talented receiver and he fell into the perfect situation. He also managed to keep his mouth shut until Super Bowl week which is something Owens might find hard to do.

Owens tells Freeman that he’s not chasing a dream anymore and rather just wants to play the game he loves again.

“I’m not chasing a dream,” Owens said to Freeman. “I can still play football. If you’re a team looking for a wide receiver and don’t think I can play, tell me why. If it’s because you don’t like me, then that’s fine, but don’t tell me I can’t still play.”

While Owens may be sincere and may still have something left, the market for veterans still in the game was depressed this offseason so a guy sitting on the outside who hasn’t played in well over a year doesn’t stand much of a chance. Still, crazier things have happened and a team could reach out to Owens in the months before the season starts.

in the meantime, he can always go back to doing pushups in his driveway.

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