The Seahawks apparently liked what they saw Monday from Terrell Owens. And as long as they don’t look farther back — or don’t care — it’s on.
The club announced the signing of Owens to a one-year deal early Monday evening, apparently for the NFL veteran minimum for his experience — $925,000.
ESPN.com reported the terms Monday and also reported Owens turned in a 40-yard dash time under 4.5 seconds, which is impressive for a 6-3, 226-pounder who will be 39 in December.
Owens missed 2011 after major knee surgery, but in his last NFL season, in 2010, he caught 72 passes for Cincinnati.
Health is a secondary concern with most fans and many NFL players when it comes to Owens, who may not have created the term “prima donna” for NFL wide receivers, but certainly perfected it.
He became a part of Seahawks lore in a Monday Night home game against San Francisco in 2002, when he scored a touchdown and then pulled out a Sharpie from his sock, autographed the ball and handed it to his agent in a field box. The episode generated an NFL rule forbidding players from bringing foreign objects onto the field.
He also aggravated Dallas Cowboys fans by posing on the team’s star at midfield after a victory.
He is No. 6 in career receptions, but the Seahawks are his sixth NFL team. He has appeared on VH1 claiming he’s lost most of his money, and was also on a “Dr. Phil” episode this year with the mother of two of his kids.
Although he has avoided criminal misbehavior, Owens has been considered a bad teammate almost everywhere he has been.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll must figure he can handle him — or he is truly desperate to get a receiving threat among his thin corps of wideouts. The Seahawks also signed Braylon Edwards, another NFL vet whose best years are behind him.
Owens was a third-round choice (89th overall) by San Francisco in the 1996 draft and spent eight seasons (1996-2003) with the 49ers before being traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2004, who traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks later.
He spent two seasons with the Eagles, where he made the Super Bowl. Owens moved on to the Cowboys from 2006-08. He then signed one-year contracts with Buffalo and Cincinnati, respectively, in 2009 and 2010.
He has started 201 of 219 regular season games with 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards (14.8 avg.) with 153 touchdowns.
His receiving yardage (15,934), 20 receptions in a single-game (vs. Chicago, 12/17/00) and 153 receiving touchdowns rank second in NFL history. His nine seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards and 13 seasons with 50 or more pass receptions rank third and his 1,078 receptions rank sixth.