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Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens will retire this year if can't find a team to play for.

Kevin C. Cox

When Terrell Owens played for the Cincinnati Bengals, the veteran wide receiver generated a team-leading 72 receptions for 983 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. His 222 yards receiving against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 3, 2010, ranks second in franchise history for a single game. At some point during the season, Owens strung together five consecutive games with at least one touchdown, currently fifth-most, alongside names like Pete Johnson and Ickey Woods.

That was 2010.

And that was the last year that Terrell Owens played football in the NFL.

Since then he's played for the Allen Wranglers for the Indoor Football League and even signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks in early August 2012, but was released after only 20 days.

Crickets have since been the chorus of Owens' career.

Though he believes he can contribute, Owens is realizing that it might already be over.

"If I play this year, that'd be awesome," Owens said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "If I don't play this year, I'm retiring. That's just me being realistic," he said. "I want to play again. I want to go out on top with a team. I think I can still play, but if I don't sign with a team, it would be time to retire. I have to be honest with myself."

"I'm not chasing a dream," Owens added. "I can still play football. If you're a team looking for a wide receiver and don't think I can play, tell me why. If it's because you don't like me, then that's fine, but don't tell me I can't still play."

If he does retire, Owens will have caught 1,078 passes (sixth all-time) for 15,934 yards (second all-time) and 153 touchdowns receiving (third all-time). We're talking Hall of Fame.