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Riders head coach Chris Jones works out Terrell Owens

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones worked out Terrell Owens on Sunday as reported by Stephen Hargis of the Times Free Press.

Jones discussed the workout.

“He’s got an agent up in Edmonton and he reached out to me and explained that Terrell was interested in working out. I saw the video of Julio clocked him at 4.41 or 4.43 – he looked in great shape and so I thought well, I’m going to be home, he’s going to be home here in the Chatanooga area, so it gave us an opportunity to get him in front of us. He’s a physical presence, now it’s just a matter of seeing if he’s in football shape,” Jones said.

“He and I are going to speak and decide exactly how he wants to handle it. He’s got some football shape stuff that he’s going to have to get into. He caught the football well today, he got in and out of his breaks decent, football-wise he’s got a ways to go.”

And Owens did too.

“I just appreciate coach for the opportunity to come out. He wanted to assess where I am physically and see me run. I’m hoping they liked what they saw. I know I’m truly blessed, I know I can still play the game. If anybody can be the first Hall of Famer to be inducted and come back and play, why not me? I know that I can do it, it’s just a matter of someone giving me an opportunity, believing in me,” Owens said.

The 44-year-old Owens has not played in a professional game since 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. But he can still run – fast, clocking a 4.43 40-yard dash.

Owens was added and then released from the Edmonton Eskimos negotiation list after he activated the 10-day clause.

In 2012 he played eight games with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League making 35 receptions for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Seattle Seahawks signed Owens during training camp in 2012 but released him a few weeks later. Owens captained and played for the self-named Team Owens in the inaugural game of the American Flag Football League last June.

During 16 NFL seasons, Owens had 15,934 career receiving yards which rank second all-time in NFL history and 153 receiving touchdowns put him third. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro in the NFL. Owens was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.