Saying he wants to see if 44-year-old Terrell Owens can contribute something to a professional football team, Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones worked the wide receiver out on Sunday afternoon in Tennessee.
Jones is back home during the Riders bye week so he took the opportunity to work Owens out just one day after he formally became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jones had the following statement to Stephen Hargis of “The Times Free-Press” newspaper in Chattanooga, Tennessee who reported on the workout.
“I wanted to see him run a lot of different routes and work him out for a while to test his stamina,” Jones said. “I know he can still fly on the track, but I wanted to see if he could consistently run his routes or if he got tired. I have tryouts whenever it’s possible so that former college and pro athletes have the chance to prove themselves and see if they can improve our team. But I’ve never been faced with anything like this. I mean, he’s 44 years old but still runs a 4.4-second 40.
Chris Jones sizes up what he saw from T.O.’s CFL workout today pic.twitter.com/tGvssTd6lG
— Stephen Hargis (@StephenHargis) August 5, 2018
Jones says the two will discuss his football future, but he has a ways to go before he can be considered in football shape. Owens was one of what Hargis says was a handful of players who worked out under Jones’ eye.
Owens had been placed on the negotiation list of the Edmonton Eskimos earlier this season, but they dropped him from that list after he activated a 10-day window where he either has to be offered a contract or released. That made him eligible to sign with any other team.
The Eskimos chose to renounce the wide receiver making him eligible to sign with any of the other teams in the CFL.
The 3-4 Riders are on their second bye week and will not play again until August 19 when they are home to the Calgary Stampeders.