With the 49ers banged up and thin at the wide receiver position, how about a Terrell Owens return to the 49ers?
Well, at least from what we can see on Twitter, the 38-year old free agent wide receiver is interested in joining the 49ers.
Earlier this morning, the former 49er tweeted to safety Donte Whitner this message:
@terrellowens: @DonteWhitner Let em kno if they need me, I’m ready homie!! I’m ready 2 take em deep!!
Whitner even retweeted that message to all his followers, making known to his fans that Owens has an interest in returning to the 49ers. (Owens and Whitner were teammates in Buffalo for one season in 2009).
Whitner responded to Owens, saying he’s on board with a Owens-49ers reunion.
@DonteWhitner: @terrellowens I know u are! And I’m ready to Vouch for…and let everyone kno how GREAT of a teamate u were in buffalo!
On Tuesday, the 49ers parted ways with the injured and unproductive Braylon Edwards and have yet to make a corresponding move to fill up that roster spot. The only healthy receivers on the 49ers roster is Michael Crabtree and Brett Swain. Ted Ginn is coming off a left ankle injury and Kyle Williams appeared to have suffered a concussion in the last game. Also, the 49ers lost backup tight end Delanie Walker for some time to a jaw injury.
Owens had surgery for a torn ACL this offseason and according to his agent, has been cleared to play since mid-October. Owens held a personal workout earlier this season but no NFL teams attended. The former 49er appears to be interested in rejoining the team that drafted him as he sees a potential opportunity to play football again.
Of course, Owens’ history as a bad teammate might be a strong reason why the 49ers don’t consider him as an option. Also, Owens has not played in this particular offense before and there isn’t any evidence on how his ACL would hold up on the field.
It’s an idea that’s worth pondering but at this point, seems unlikely. The 49ers would likely go with a player they are familiar with and they trust. A promotion for a practice squad player to the roster is much more likely than the going with an aging receiver coming off surgery.
Owens was drafted by the 49ers in 1996 and spend eight seasons in San Francisco. He was very instrumental in the team’s playoff runs in the late `90s and help orchestrate their miraculous comeback win against the New York Giants in the team’s last playoff appearance.