We’re informed that Terrell Owens needs to play skilled soccer so badly, at age 44 and greater than eight years after his final recreation, that he’s keen to signal with a workforce within the Canadian Soccer League.
In hopes, after all, of setting the stage for a return to the Nationwide Soccer League.
“He needs to play within the NFL once more,” mentioned Jason Staroszik, the Edmonton-based participant agent who’s representing Owens in his CFL affairs.
“He seems like he nonetheless has what it takes to play a pair years. But when the NFL isn’t an possibility for him, that is the subsequent best choice and he’s prepared and keen to return play right here. There’s no buzzing and hawing about it. He needs to play professional soccer nonetheless.”
What we aren’t being informed is why the CFL workforce at the moment holding his negotiation-list rights is the Edmonton Eskimos. As a result of the concept of Owens taking part in for them makes even much less sense than a 44-year-old man eager to danger bodily harm in a brutal contact sport.
They put him on their 45-man negotiation listing nearly a month in the past and, as of Tuesday afternoon, nonetheless hadn’t made him a contract provide. Within the case of a faculty child, that’s hardly uncommon, as they want time to develop their abilities and suss out their professional prospects.
However the clock is ticking so loudly on Owens that you simply nearly can’t hear him converse anymore. Virtually.
“The man is 44-years-old. … You place a man like him in your neg listing, it’s both since you wish to signal him proper now otherwise you noticed the identical factor all people else did and thought perhaps one other workforce goes to place him on their neg listing, why don’t I attempt to be the primary one to do it?” mentioned Staroszik, referring to a video of Owens working the 40-yard sprint in 4.Four and alter on June 18. The Eskimos reportedly added Owens to their neg listing a day later.
“That method I maintain his rights and have buying and selling choices now,” Staroszik continued.
“These are two methods I have a look at it. I believe perhaps the second is the more true one of many two simply because there hasn’t been a contract provide made they usually’ve had him on the neg listing for what number of weeks now.”
The silence was so deafening for therefore lengthy that Staroszik referred to as the CFL head workplace final week to set off the 10-day window by which the Eskimos are required to both provide Owens a contract or take away him from their neg listing. They’ll additionally commerce his rights to a different CFL workforce.
That window closes on July 24.
Staroszik nonetheless expects a suggestion from the Eskimos, however it’s much more prone to be the league minimal of $54,000 than something that may entice Owens’ consideration. The Eskimos would retain his neg listing rights for a 12 months and never have to barter additional.
“I’m not anticipating the provide they provide me to be a critical one which they count on me to take to Terrell,” mentioned Staroszik. “But when they do, then that may present they’re critical they usually need him right here. It’s arduous for me to see simply due to the American receivers Edmonton has proper now. I don’t see them being within the place of needing him.
“There are different groups across the league that might use an American receiver and will use a reputation like T.O. to place some butts in some seats, you already know.”
Former CFL receiver Nik Lewis appears to assume the CFL East is the extra seemingly vacation spot for Owens.
“I do know for a incontrovertible fact that T.O. has had curiosity in taking part in within the CFL just a few instances earlier than. I consider he invoked Edmonton to get off the neg listing. I consider he needs to play on the east coast,” Lewis tweeted on Monday night time.
The Eskimos have three of the league’s prime 4 receivers of their room: Duke Williams, Derel Walker and Kenny Stafford. There’s additionally Vidal Hazelton and Bryant Mitchell to think about. Williams and Walker are completely safe on the prime of the Eskimos’ pecking order, however for those who herald Owens, the remainder of them must rightfully take that as a slap within the face.
And that’s not a recreation value taking part in for those who’re GM Brock Sunderland.
The Eskimos wouldn’t make Sunderland obtainable on Tuesday to speak about Owens.
“Our membership coverage is to not focus on gamers on our negotiation listing,” Eskimo communications coordinator Cliff Fewings mentioned in an e mail.
Persons are discussing Owens everywhere in the league, and for those who consider there isn’t a such factor as dangerous publicity, that gained’t hassle you.
And also you may level to Johnny Manziel, who has been the nice soldier in Hamilton, as proof {that a} beforehand outspoken NFLer can come up right here and do the appropriate factor in pursuit of one other shot down south.
However Manziel is 25 and final performed within the NFL in 2015, which makes him far more related.
The truth that he hasn’t been in a position to unseat starter Jeremiah Masoli, and has been a whole professional about it, has been nice for the CFL’s picture.
Owens is 44 and much much less prone to keep affected person, or quiet, for too lengthy.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1078

Terrell Owens’ profession NFL catches. He ranks eighth all-time. Jerry Rice leads with 1,549, adopted by Tony Gonzalez (1,325), Larry Fitzgerald (1,234), Jason Witten (1,152), Marvin Harrison (1,102), Cris Carter (1,101) and Tim Brown (1,094).

15934

Owens’ profession NFL receiving yards. He ranks second all-time. Rice’s main whole of 22,895 will seemingly by no means be touched.

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1078

Terrell Owens’ profession NFL catches. He ranks eighth all-time. Jerry Rice leads with 1,549, adopted by Tony Gonzalez (1,325), Larry Fitzgerald (1,234), Jason Witten (1,152), Marvin Harrison (1,102), Cris Carter (1,101) and Tim Brown (1,094).

POWER RANKINGS

1 Calgary (1)

The category of the CFL at 4-0, the Stamps get it executed in all three phases. However how a few defence that provides up 9.5 factors per recreation?

2 Hamilton (3)

The Tabbies’ bye week bump comes courtesy of Winnipeg’s second-half swoon in BC Place.

Three Edmonton (5)

The Esks squeaked previous a Toronto workforce that’s languishing on the backside of the standings, so it wasn’t value a lot momentum smart.

Four B.C. (8)

Manner up this week after falling method down final week, they should discover a constant, even keel.

5 Saskatchewan (6)

Their bye week bump can be associated to the Winnipeg fiasco. They head into Hamilton with critical questions on QB selections.

6 Winnipeg (2)

A half of excellent soccer adopted by a half of actually dumb soccer in B.C. sends them tumbling down the rankings.

7 Ottawa (4)

Some CFL observers will inform you Trevor Harris is on verge of becoming a member of a small group of elite QBs. His early 2018 stats have put the misinform that principle.

Eight Toronto (7)

James Franklin went throw-for-throw with Mike Reilly for 2 weeks and got here out 1-1. Adequate for 2 factors and respectable stats, however there are rising pains.

9 Montreal (9)

First, the excellent news. The Als didn’t lose final week. Nonetheless, that streak is in critical jeopardy, with Calgary up subsequent.

‘IT’S ALL ABOUT SETTING THAT LEGACY’

It was classic Solomon Elimimian.

Winnipeg ball, third and aim on the B.C. two-yard line. Bombers backup QB Chris Streveler, all of 6-foot-1 and 210 kilos, retains, lowers his head, churns his legs for the top zone. Elimimian steps into the outlet, lowers his pads, meets him on the one, stands him up, and stops him chilly earlier than teammates pile on and push Streveler backward.


Lions’ Solomon Elimimian is at the moment injured. (CP FILE)

It was 17-Zero Winnipeg on the time. One other Bombers landing would certainly have been the demise knell for the Lions. As a substitute, the turnover on downs shifted momentum and B.C. stormed all the best way again for a 20-17 win.

That mano-a-mano play, and so many others prefer it by means of seven earlier seasons, will assist write the e-book on Elimimian, the sensible B.C. center linebacker, each time he’s executed. “Anyone who performed this recreation at a excessive degree will inform you, your important goal is to go away a legacy, to have your title remembered as one of many all-time greats,” Elimimian mentioned in a pre-season interview with Postmedia.

“We’re all going to be gone at one level, and it’s like my dad says, it’s your work that lives on. Soccer is such a brief profession. An eight-year profession is lengthy, however that’s actually brief, so that you wish to benefit from it and perceive it’s all about setting that legacy for your loved ones, your youngsters and your title.”

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Elimimian, 31, is headed to the six-game injured listing after present process surgical procedure on Monday to repair nerve injury in his wrist. They may miss his presence on and off the sector.

He was the league’s most excellent participant in 2014, the primary defensive participant in CFL historical past to cop the award. He added most excellent defensive participant that 12 months, after all, and one other in 2016. He’s been a CFL all-star 4 instances and is B.C.’s all-time chief in defensive tackles with 745, by means of 118 video games.

He’s all of these stats and awards and extra; a discipline normal, a locker room chief and a mentor, even for gamers who aren’t on the sector with him.

Elimimian had his personal position fashions when he arrived within the CFL in 2010. He didn’t get greater than a perfunctory sniff from NFL groups as a result of he didn’t match the mould, however loads of males his dimension had flourished right here earlier than him.

“Dan Kepley, Willie Pless, I seemed to these guys. I researched these guys, the stats that they had, as a result of these guys set the bar. It’s solely proper that you simply do this. To be nice, you must perceive who set the trail, who was nice.”

He was nice off the hop, most excellent rookie in 2010, and would play alongside males who helped him study to be a professional, together with Brent Johnson, Korey Banks and Dante Marsh. “For me now as an older man, there isn’t a extra satisfaction than serving to a youthful man,” he mentioned. “You see a youthful man with potential — he wants this, he wants just a little little bit of that — and you may assist him out, that’s what offers you satisfaction.”

That — and a well timed aim line stand.

WEEK 6 PREDICTIONS

Riders at Tiger-Cats (-11)

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., TSN

Second half of home-and-home collection interrupted by bye weeks ought to go to Ticats, given sustained emergence of QB Jeremiah Masoli.

DAN SAYS: Hamilton by 7

Lions at Redblacks (-6.5)

Friday, 7:30 p.m., TSN

QB Trevor Harris hasn’t grabbed maintain of the offence. Till he does, Ottawa will wrestle to be something greater than a .500 outfit.

DAN SAYS: B.C. by 3

Bombers at Argos (PICK ’EM)

Saturday, Four p.m., TSN

Bombers have finest one-two punch at QB, however have changed into a Jekyll and Hyde outfit. Toronto is led by QB James Franklin. It is a pick-’em recreation.

DAN SAYS: Winnipeg by 7

Alouettes at Stamps (NO LINE)

Saturday, 9 p.m., TSN

Stamps defence has allowed

one passing TD, simply 250 yards of offence every recreation, and solely 9.5

factors per recreation.

DAN SAYS: Calgary by 14

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