"No, you know, I go way back with T.O.," Carroll said. "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."
Injuries could always change the outlook, but those statements from Carroll seemed pretty firm. I think we can draw a line in pencil through Owens' name as it pertains to Seattle.