Rosenhaus confident T.O. will sign soon

Updated: July 21, 2010, 11:51 AM ET
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Terrell Owens remains unsigned, but that might change soon, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus texted ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that he was "very confident" that Owens, who played for the Buffalo Bills last season, will have a new team "within the next few weeks."

In an appearance on ESPN's "NFL Live" last week, Rosenhaus said five teams were interested in Owens. However, the San Diego Chargers aren't one of them, despite Vincent Jackson being suspended three games by the NFL and threatening to hold out over his contact situation.

"We're all set right now with our receivers," general manager A.J. Smith told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Seattle Seahawks are also out of the picture.

"No, you know, I go way back with T.O.," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday. "I was there [as an assistant coach] when he showed up with the 49ers when he was a rookie and nobody knew he had any initials or anything. And I really liked Terrell. But we won't be able to do that this time around. I think at our time in our program development, we're going to continue to work with the guys that we've got and go in a different direction than that. ... We're really looking to get the young guys going as much as we can."

Owens said recently that he believed teams are swayed by the perception he's a troublemaker. It's a perception he believes he disproved with his agreeable behavior in Buffalo during a disappointing season in 2009.

"There were a number of times where prior I probably would have reacted, said something I wasn't supposed to say," Owens told The Associated Press last week. "I really had some restraint, very patient."

The 36-year-old promised in the interview with the AP that he'll make sure to be in excellent shape.

Owens is clearly sensitive to the coverage he receives in the media. He disputed talk that he's making exorbitant salary demands.

"They're always focused on what has happened earlier in my career," he complained to the AP.

"It's not like I can't play," Owens added. "There is some type of influence that they're making in the minds of teams and owners and GMs."

What happened earlier in his career -- with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys -- was that he too often said what he wasn't supposed to.

What might be scaring off teams more is his production during his one season in Buffalo: 55 catches for 829 yards and five touchdowns. Not helping matters is the uncertainty surrounding the collective bargaining agreement.

"Now they feel like I'm slowing down or I can't play," Owens told the AP. "But those numbers can be deceiving."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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