T.O. finds life after the NFL, in Texas

Former Eagle Terrell Owens has signed with the Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.
Former Eagle Terrell Owens has signed with the Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. (MARK HUMPHREY / AP File)
Posted: January 20, 2012

From the where-are-they-

now file, or the how-low-can-you-sink question (take your pick), we offer this news item: Terrell Owens' future is with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.

To answer the first question, T.O. is in Allen, a small burg about 25 miles north of Dallas.

As to the second question, consider this quote: "I'm headed back to Texas. IFL, here I come. Allen, Texas, here I come," T.O. said in a video linked on his Twitter account. "Allen, Texas . . . I'll see you in the end zone."

Owens - who did not have a single nibble back on Oct. 25 when he and agent Drew Rosenhaus invited the NFL to a workout staged in Calabasas, Calif. - will be paid $250,000 to $500,000 to play with the Wranglers, who begin their 14-game season Feb. 25.

When it comes down to it, that's pretty good scratch for a 38-year-old six-time Pro Bowler with admitted money problems. Also, the deal reportedly gives him an ownership stake in the Wranglers.

No word on whether the Wranglers were at the Oct. 25 workout, although it could have been likely. At the time, Rosenhaus told ESPN: "I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested."

Brady is back

Tom Brady was back at practice Thursday, and everyone associated with the Patriots was acting as if he never missed a snap.

Brady was out the previous day resting his left (nonthrowing) shoulder, and the team treated his being sidelined four days before the AFC championship game as no big deal. So did Brady.

"It's not the first practice I have missed over the years," Brady said with a shrug - of both shoulders.

So is Manning

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was back at practice Thursday after missing part of Wednesday's workout with "a stomach bug."

"I'm 100 percent," Manning said after practicing for Sunday's NFC championship game against the 49ers in San Francisco. "I had a full practice today, did everything, took every rep. I feel good."

Another concussion suit

A third lawsuit has been filed by retired NFL players over brain injuries allegedly caused by on-field concussions. The suit, in Philadelphia, comes a week before U.S. judges decide whether to consolidate similar cases filed around the country.

At least eight related lawsuits have been filed in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida. The lawsuits claim the NFL hid evidence linking concussions to permanent brain injuries and seek millions in compensation.

The plaintiffs - former Eagles Ron Solt, Joe Panos, and Rich Miano, along with four other players and four spouses - allege an NFL conspiracy to conceal information and seek at least $75,000 per person.

Bengal in trouble

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted Thursday on drug charges, leaving him subject to a jail sentence and punishment from the NFL.

A Kenton County, Ky., grand jury charged the four-year veteran with one count of trafficking more than eight ounces of marijuana, a felony count that carries up to five years in jail. He's scheduled for arraignment Jan. 30.

A Bengals spokesman said the team was aware of Simpson's indictment but had no comment.

Simpson has been under investigation since September, when agents from California tracked a package shipped to the receiver's home in northern Kentucky. They said it contained 21/2 pounds of marijuana. No charges were filed at that time.

Jets drama

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said quarterback Mark Sanchez "is our guy," but he also wouldn't rule out the possibility of pursuing a veteran such as Peyton Manning if the Indianapolis Colts star became available.

Meeting with beat writers for the first time since the Jets failed to make the playoffs, Johnson said in a 30-minute, far-ranging interview Thursday that "barring whatever" Sanchez would be the team's starting quarterback next season and in the foreseeable future.

Johnson said disgruntled wide receiver Santonio Holmes would be back, and the offense would be "more suitable" to Sanchez's abilities.

- Staff and wire reports


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