Terrell Owens Close to Signing With Indoor Football League

Rucuss staffDecember 30, 2011

Former NFL player Terrell Owens believes he still has some years left in him.

The free agent had hopes to be picked up before the playoffs but NFL teams don’t appear to be interested. But lucky for Owens, the Indoor Football League is.

Owens is close to signing with the Allen Wranglers from the Dallas, Texas area. Don’t believe it? Well, general manager Drew Pearson and a former Dallas Cowboys receiver confirmed it on Thursday.

The team announced they offered Owens a contract for the 2012 season, Larry Brown Sports reports. The contract includes a $250,000 to $500,000 salary, along with an ownership stake in the team.

“It doesn’t make a ton of financial sense, but it would make it the No. 1 fan experience in Collin County,” Wranglers owner Jon Frankel told the Dallas Morning News. “The awareness of the team would skyrocket, and I would imagine we’d sell out every game.”

Owens, 38, would become co-owner, CEO and wide receiver for the Wranglers, Frankel said. The team begins a 14-game season Feb. 25, with seven home games at the Allen Event Center (capacity 6,300).

Players in the Indoor Football League get free housing, free food and a flat rate of $225 per game that increases to $250 per game for each win.

Pearson told KESN-FM that an offer has been in the works for a while and they’re 70 percent done with the deal. He admitted Owens wasn’t interested in the offer initially but the deal is “close to being finalized.”

Owens could be dragging his feet because he’s still campaigning for a spot with the San Francisco 49ers. The team has an opening after waiving receiver Braylon Edwards. Owens tweeted:

Owens, who reportedly has money woes, needs to sign that contract immediately. He needs to play some games in the indoor league and showcase his talent for the NFL and just maybe he’ll be able to return for the 2012-13 season.

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