Updated at 2:31 p.m.
“I don't care what happened before,” Carroll said after the Seahawks signed Owens, who hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season and washed out with an Indoor Football League team this spring. “We're starting together from this point forward. What he said, what he's done — I could care less about that.
“It's right now.”
So, forget Philadelphia and the situps on the driveway. And Dallas. And “getcher popcorn.” And everything else. Owens, the 38-year-old wide receiver, is needed to be the big target for Seattle’s quarterbacks. What he showed in a tryout Monday convinced Carroll that this can work. With a one-year deal worth $1 million, there’s isn’t a big financial investment in Owens.
“Let's see where he fits,” Carroll said (via the Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil). “I like the look in his eye. He's dead serious about proving himself and doing something. So I'm just going to give him a chance to do it. We're thrilled to get him out here and have him battle.”
Carroll has had mixed results, succeeding with Doug Baldwin, failing with LenDale White, succeeding and failing with Mike Williams. Owens will join a motley crew of receivers that includes Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards.
“We're looking to do big things here this year, and any help we can get, we'll take,” receiver Sidney Rice said. “His numbers do the talking for themselves.”
Owens tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the spring of 2011 and missed all of last season. He hosted an open-house workout for NFL teams and none showed up. But now he gets to hit the reset button again, in Seattle.
“He's got a chance to start all over again here,” Carroll said. “And whatever age he is, who cares? I don't care.”