Seahawks' receivers react to addition of Terrell Owens
Sidney Rice, Seahawks starter
Q: Your thoughts on T.O. coming?
Rice: "He's a great player. We're looking to do big things here this year, and any help we can get, we'll take. His numbers do the talking for themselves. He's had great years throughout his whole career. He's a guy that loves to work, and he's a guy that loves to win so we accept him on this team."
Q: How is your rehabilitation coming along?
Rice: "It's going well. I'm getting stronger and stronger every day. Hopefully in the next week or so, I'll be moving into some contact things. So I've got to check with the doctor and see first, and then we'll pick it up for there."
Q: Is there enough room in this offense for all these players?
Rice: "Of course there is. When you have a run game that's explosive like ours is, and only getting better with the addition of Turbin and those guys, there's going to be room for passes. The ball will be spread out a lot. You might not get as many passes as you want, catch as many as you want, but we'll see how it goes. Like I said before, we're looking to do something here. We're looking to get that NFC West and continue deep into the playoffs so whatever help we can get, we'll take."
Q: When you talk about not getting as many passes as you used to, does that make it a little combustible?
Rice: "No. No. Our main focus here is to win, compete and as I said before, if it takes getting another great wide receiver on the other side, bringing in more receivers, then that's what we'll do."
Doug Baldwin, second-year receiver
"I watched his workout yesterday. He looked phenomenal. He's 38 years old, running a 4.45 40. That's unbelievable. It's exciting to see him come in. He's going to be a future Hall of Famer. For all of us young guys who have grown up watching Terrell Owens, it's going to be huge for us."
Q: What was your impression growing up watching him? Were you dazzled by him or were you put off by the alleged behavior with teammates?
Baldwin: "Being a human being, I don't judge people off what's said second hand. When he comes in, I'll get a feel for how he is as a person, as a man, and I'll judge for myself. When I was growing up, what I was watching was his dominance on the football field, and that's what mattered to me. I took some things that he did on the football field, and I tried to translate them to my game. That's me looking up to him. That's me trying to be the kind of dominant player that Terrell Owens is and probably will still be at 38 years old."
Ben Obomanu, eighth-year receiver
"I know one thing about it, it's not my first rodeo. We've brought in a lot of different guys, a lot of different scenarios. For me to be here, to bring in Mike Williams and Reggie Williams and Antonio Bryant and Braylon Edwards, and now T.O. It's one of those things, I guess that's what we're going to do."
Q: What do you think about having him on the team?
Obomanu: "He's a good guy, man. We're both from Alabama so I know him a little bit personally so regardless of all the things you hear about him, I think everybody is excited to have him as a teammate. So I think that part, he'll add a lot of depth to our receiving group and teach us a lot of different things, but at the same time, we all want to compete. We don't come in with the intent of him coming in and taking a spot, and doing different things. We all want to come in and hold our own, too."
Braylon Edwards, first year as a Seahawk
Your thoughts on the pending addition of Terrell Owens?
Edwards: "I'm happy they signed T.O. The one thing about him, he has been around a while, and he's a very experienced pro. T.O.'s a Pro Bowl player, soon to be Hall of Famer. I think he can definitely help this team as well as the wide receivers' room. Just to learn from him and the things he has done. He has been in different offenses, different systems. I think he'll be a great help to the offensive room."