We haven't heard the end of T.O.

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

It has been a ridiculously quiet off-season for the usually silence-challenged Terrell Owens.

Particularly when you consider that Owens and his 14 years of NFL experience donít as of yet have a stadium to call home for the 2010 season.

But in a rare showing of consensus by analysts and NFL watchers alike, the feeling is that Owens will eventually get a job.

He will just have to be a little more patient and perhaps a little less demanding.

Coming off a sub-par season in Buffalo where Dick Jauronís conservative philosophy managed to ground even a high flyer such as Owens, potential employers arenít going to be lining up, particularly when you take into account his age (36), his reputation and the fact that heís said to be asking for a one-year $5-million deal.

But Owens still gives you that threat at wide receiver that forces defences to pay attention and can potentially make things easier for an offence elsewhere on the field.

Itís that kind of thinking that has guys such as ESPNís John Clayton expecting to hear about Owens and a new job one day, just not one day real soon.

Clayton feels Owens will once again be gainfully employed as soon as one of the 32 teams in the NFL decides it is one receiver away from going over the top and becoming a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

Others believe it is just a matter of Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus coming in with a more realistic salary request than the $5-million per being floated about.

However it turns out, weíre betting that whatever team ó the Bucs, the Rams, the Chiefs or someone else ó gambles on Owens, theyíll get more than the five touchdowns the Bills and Jauron somehow managed to limit their star receiver to.

AT THE HALF

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FOURTH AND INCHES

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed has been placed on injured reserve one day after clearing waivers. Sweed was waived-injured after tearing his Achilles tendon during mini camp. Heíll be replaced on the roster by former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Isaiah Williams. Williams signed with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie but was released prior to last season ... Josh Scobeeís PGA dreams are dead for now, but Tony Romo still has a shot. While Scobee failed in his bid to qualify for this yearís U.S. Open last weekend, Romo remains very much in the hunt for a spot in the Byron Nelson Classic. He advanced in qualifying play but now will need a late tee time in the next stage of the event if he is to keep going. The qualifying on Monday at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club could conflict with an OTA (organized team activities) that morning that the Cowboys have scheduled at Valley Ranch. Romo says heíll do the right thing and bow out of the golf if it canít be resolved ... Who would have thunk it? Adrian Peterson, the Vikings all-world running back is among the top 10 leaders in backs who rushed for zero or no yards on an attempt last season. A total of 87 times in the 365 times he took the ball during regular season and playoffs, Peterson was held for no gain. Itís times likes these that make a man wonder: Do the stats really tell the story? ... Next up for running back Brian Westbrook is a visit with the Denver Broncos. For those keeping track thatís No. 3 following stops St. Louis and Washington.


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