The Rams will go into training camp with one of the youngest and least experienced corps of wide receivers — unless they sign a veteran, such as Terrell Owens.
ESPN.com reported on Saturday that the Rams have intensified discussions about Owens, who has been on the market since the start of free agency in March. How serious are they about signing Owens?
"Next question," GM Billy Devaney told Sporting News, parroting a reply that Drew Rosenhaus, Owens’ agent, made famous.
"We’ve been looking at a lot of guys, like everybody does, at different positions as we head into training camp, and Owens is one of those guys. I don’t want to get too deep into it, but sure; I think he’s on a lot of people’s radar."
Owens, 36, is sixth in NFL history in receptions (1,006), third in receiving yards (14,930) and fifth in touchdowns (147). He has played a total of 14 seasons, for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys and Bills. He caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs last year, his only season with the Bills.
Laurent Robinson, a fourth-year player who missed most of the ’09 season with an injury, is the most experienced receiver on the Rams roster. Of the other nine, three are going into their third seasons, three are going into their second seasons and three are rookies.
The ESPN story said the Bengals also are interested in Owens.
Rosenhaus could not be reached for comment.
Senior writer Dennis Dillon covers the NFL for Sporting News. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.