Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Source: Bears won't be at T.O. workout
By Michael C. Wright
Scratch the Chicago Bears from Terrell Owens’ potential list of suitors.
The team won’t have any representatives at the six-time Pro Bowler’s workout on Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Terrell Owens, 37, hopes to sign with an NFL team, but the Bears don't appear to be interested.
A former 49er, Eagle, Cowboy, Bill and Bengal, Owens, 37, reportedly plans to hold a workout in Southern California in front of media and NFL scouts to draw the potential interest of teams looking to add a receiver. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said last week that Owens is fully recovered from ACL surgery conducted in April and is ready to play.
But the source expected there “to be more media than NFL teams there.”
While Chicago’s receiving corps hasn’t exactly lit up opponents over the first seven games, the team’s brass continues to express optimism regarding the group’s progress. Running back Matt Forte leads the Bears in receptions and yardage (38 catches for 419 yards), but three receivers -- Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, and Dane Sanzenbacher -- sit around the 20-catch range, while new acquisition Roy Williams (four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers) appears to be developing some chemistry with quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cutler reiterated last week that a No.1 receiver isn’t a requirement in the team’s offense, and general manager Jerry Angelo has expressed the same sentiment on numerous occasions.
Cutler added that a new receiver joining the team this late in the season might make for too difficult of an adjustment period in Mike Martz’s complicated passing scheme.
Owens plans to run routes Tuesday and participate in agility drills, and told ESPN earlier this month he expects to “be even better next year.”
Owens has caught 1,078 passes for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns, and ranks No. 2 in all-time receiving yards. He is tied at No. 2 with recently-retired Randy Moss in TDs.
Last season, Owens gained 983 yards receiving and nine touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals.