Schneider: Signing Owens a ‘no-brainer’ after workout

Aug 7, 2012, 10:40 AM | Updated: 11:04 am

By Brady Henderson

Seahawks general manager John Schneider just spoke with “Brock and Salk” about the addition of Terrell Owens. A few highlights from that conversation:

Size was needed. Schneider said the Seahawks wanted a bigger receiver after releasing Mike Williams. They’re still high on their other receivers — Schneider said Deon Butler, Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu have had nice camps so far — but Owens’ addition provides insurance in case some of the youngsters aren’t ready.

Impressive workout. Owens worked out for the Seahawks on Monday, and while Schneider wouldn’t specify Owens’ time in the 40-yard dash — he reportedly ran it in under 4.5 seconds — Schneider said he was “blown away” by the workout and that Owens’ shape is “quite ridiculous” for a 38-year-old. Specifically, Schneider noted how fast and fluid Owens looked while running certain routes. The workout “made it a no-brainer” to pursue a deal with Owens, Schneider said, provided he would agree to play by the team’s rules, so to speak.

Owens’ attitude. Schneider said coach Pete Carroll handled the conversation about how Owens would need to conduct himself and whether he was “ready to be part of a team instead of being the center of a team.” Schneider acknowledged Owens’ reputation as a bad teammate and a so-called “quarterback killer,” but said his two most recent stops, Buffalo in 2009 and Cincinnati in 2010, were incident-free. Schneider: “I think if you reached out to Carson Palmer, Carson would speak very highly of his guy, the way he conducted himself and the way he helped Chad [Johnson] and a lot of the things that he did with a lot of the young guys there like [Jerome] Simpson and a couple other players. So I think it’s a fair question, but at this point we’re comfortable with the terms of it.”

Owens is not expected to practice with the team until Wednesday.

Related: Plenty to like about the Seahawks signing Terrell Owens

Brock and Salk podcast

Brady Henderson

Rees Odhiambo, a 2016 third-round pick, will compete with Matt Tobin to start at left tackle. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Tom Cable: Rees Odhiambo, Matt Tobin are Seahawks’ preferred LT options

Tom Cable brought a bit of clarity to the Seahawks' plans at left tackle in the wake of George Fant's season-ending knee injury, saying Tuesday that Rees Odhiambo and newcomer Matt Tobin are the top two options.
5 years ago
Left tackle George Fant suffered an injury in the first half of Friday's preseason game. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks injury updates: George Fant set for surgery, K.J. Wright returns

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that left tackle George Fant is expected to be back by next season from the knee injury that will sideline him in 2017.
5 years ago
Matt Tobin, 27, started 21 games over seasons with the Eagles. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks acquire OL Matt Tobin in trade with Eagles

The Seahawks have acquired offensive tackle Matt Tobin in a trade with the Eagles, making another move to shore up their offensive line after losing left tackle George Fant for the season.
5 years ago
Luke Joeckel played left tackle for his first three NFL seasons. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Luke Joeckel? Rees Odhiambo? A look at the Seahawks’ LT options with George Fant out for the season

The Seahawks need a new plan at left tackle with George Fant out for the season. Moving Luke Joeckel there is one option, writes Brady Henderson.
5 years ago
Michael Bennett on Justin Britt standing by his side during the national anthem Friday night: “I ...
Brady Henderson

Justin Britt stands by Michael Bennett during national anthem: ‘A very emotional moment’

Seahawks center Justin Britt showed his support for teammate Michael Bennett Friday night, standing by him as Bennett remained seated during the national anthem.
5 years ago
Left tackle George Fant suffered an injury in the first half of Friday's preseason game. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks’ George Fant needs ACL surgery, likely out for season

The Seahawks' offensive line was dealt a massive blow with left tackle George Fant suffering a knee injury Friday night that will likely keep him out all season.
5 years ago
Schneider: Signing Owens a ‘no-brainer’ after workout