Owens has reached a deal with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. As part of the deal, Owens will play for the team, as well as become a co-owner of the franchise. Allen is located in Texas, just north of Dallas, where Owens used to catch passes for the NFL's Cowboys.
"It's official, it just went down, I'm headed back to Dallas," Owens said through his Twitter account Wednesday night. "That's right, IFL, here I come. Allen, Texas, here I come. I'm going to be me."
The Wranglers had been in talks with Owens for a few weeks before a deal was finalized. As part of the 16-team Indoor Football League, the Wranglers play a 14-game schedule that begins Feb. 25 and goes until June 16, spanning the NFL's offseason.
Owens has committed to play in all home games for the team, and the wide receiver may suit up in some road games, although that has yet to be determined. Other teams on the Wranglers' schedule include the Wichita Wild, New Mexico Stars, Colorado Ice, Nebraska Danger, Sioux Falls Storm and Everett Raptors.
The IFL was certainly not Owens' first choice for the next step in his football career. Owens, who sits second on the NFL's all-time receiving yards leaderboard, tried to make a comeback but could not generate interest from any NFL teams.
After returning from a torn ACL he suffered last year, Owens held a workout to show teams he still had the skills. But no teams showed up, instead choosing to watch the workout on tape. And no teams expressed a desire to sign the 39-year-old.
Jon Frankel, co-owner of the Wranglers, is taking the NFL's loss as his gain. He hopes to introduce Owens at a press conference next week.
"He's a great player, a winner, and I'm a big fan," Frankel said. "I want to make the Allen Wranglers the No. 1 attraction in Collin County."
"I can't believe T.O. will come out of that tunnel for the Allen Wranglers."
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