Edmonton Eskimos place Owens, Hackenberg on their negotiation list


Terrell Owens peeled off his bright red 49ers jacket to reveal a fitted sweater for the warm fall afternoon (Ted S. Warren/AP)

The Edmonton Eskimos have added another unemployed former NFL player to their negotiation list.

According to a CFL source, Edmonton has added quarterback Christian Hackenberg to its negotiation list. The 23-year-old is currently a free agent after being released earlier this month by the Oakland Raiders.

On Tuesday, Edmonton placed former receiver Terrell Owens to its list.

Hackenberg was a 2016 second-round pick of the New York Jets but never played a regular-season down for the NFL club. Hackenberg was traded to Oakland last month for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick but it went back to the Raiders after the quarterback was released.

Owens, 44, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010 but posted a video Monday of him running the 40-yard dash in hand-held times of 4.44 and 4.43 seconds. Owens’ inactivity and age are certainly strikes against a return to the NFL but should Owens with to attempt a comeback in the CFL, Edmonton would have the first shot at signing him.

Owens was a six-time Pro Bowl selection over his 15-year NFL career and was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. However, Owens said he won’t attend the official induction ceremony Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.

Owens was selected for enshrinement along with former players Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and Brian Dawkins. They’ll be joined by Bobby Beathard (contributor) and seniors committee nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.

The six-foot-three, 224-pound Owens registered 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 TDs over his career. He’s the only player in league history to score two or more touchdowns against all 32 NFL teams.

CFL teams can have up to 45 players on their negotiation list, giving them exclusive negotiating rights to them. Players can be added, removed or traded from the list at any time.

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