Carson Palmer #9 and Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals look on against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game
The Seattle Seahawks signed Terrell Owens to a one year deal today. The veteran NFL wide receiver made it well known that he was not ready for his career to be over and was training with the intention of continuing his career.
Some of that training he did with Carson Palmer in Los Angeles. Palmer and TO are familiar with each other from their 2010 season together in Cincinnati. So when the Seahawks were looking into the possibility of signing TO, Palmer's old coach, Pete Carrol gave his former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback a call to find out his honest opinion about the enigmatic receiver.
"Coach had reached out to me a couple times and you know just knowing coach's style and the way he goes about teaching and leading his team," said Palmer. "I just thought that TO would be a great fit. I had the opportunity to play with TO and really enjoyed playing with him. It was a great relationship and we continued to work out afterwards and didn't have anything negative to say about TO. It was a great relationship. I just let coach know that I thought he would fit in really well with his style and I think that they'll have a lot of success together."
TO was out of the NFL and playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League for the 2011 season. After he was released from the team, he made it known he wanted back in the NFL. Most teams passed on the idea of signing him. But the Seahawks were desperate. Perhaps even as desperate as TO was.
"He was looking for a job anywhere." Said Palmer. "I know he's worked extremely hard to come back from the injuries he's had over the last couple years and he was looking for a spot anywhere he could go."
Though Terrell Owens has been one of the most controversial players in the history of the NFL, he and Palmer have gotten along very well since they were first teamed together with the Bengals. So when the Seahawks signed TO to a deal, he was quick to congratulate him.
"I just traded text messages with him the other day... Just texting him back and forth, ‘Congrats' and "Go get ‘em' and you know like I said I think he'll be successful there."