Terrell Owens has taken more shots at Jeff Garcia, saying that the 49ers quarterback is a reason why Owens likely will leave the team through free agency this offseason, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.
Owens answered fans directly about Garcia and other subjects earlier this week on his Web site, terrellowens.com.
Owens confirmed that he likely won't come back to the 49ers and that if he were to return, it would be only if quarterback Garcia went elsewhere.
When asked if he was still willing to work out a deal with the 49ers, Owens wrote on his site, "I'm willing to work out a contract if the Niners can get a quarterback to match my skills as a receiver! ... A receiver is only as good as his quarterback."
Owens' agent, David Joseph, told the Chronicle that some of his client's comments were taken out of context.
Joseph believes it was Owens who posted the responses in the Web site, but couldn't confirm it. "We have had impostors on the site," he told the Chronicle.
Owens also said on his site that third-string quarterback Ken Dorsey would be the next Joe Montana, which many would call a ludicrous statement based on Dorsey's career so far. However, Owens may have been playing to his audience. A source told the Chronicle that he said he has never been that high on Dorsey.
Owens expressed frustration at how he is portrayed in relation to Garcia, using Garcia's recent arrest on suspicion of DUI as an example.
"Everybody wants to criticize me for this and that. But have I represented the 49ers in this fashion? Nope -- I don't think so!" Owens wrote on his site.
When asked by a fan if bringing up Garcia's DUI arrest was low, Owens said, "Yeah, it's low." Owens then said Garcia's arrest was splashed all over the news, so it wasn't a secret.
Owens hinted that Tim Rattay should be the starter after a 35- 7 loss in Minnesota on Sept. 28. Rattay played well filling in for Garcia during the season.
"Jeff is not someone that's a pocket passer that's going to throw the ball 50 yards down the field,'' Owens told the Philadelphia Inquirer in a separate interview. "On the flip side, McNabb can throw that pass, but has guys who struggle to turn them into something."
The Eagles receivers struggled mightily in a 14-3 loss to the Panthers in the NFC championship game.
"Does he want to play with Donavon McNabb? Of course he does," Joseph told the Chronicle. "But Terrell has always had respect for Jeff and his abilities. Quarterbacks have different strengths and weaknesses. It's no secret that Jeff doesn't have the strongest arm in the league."
Owens named the Ravens and Falcons as possible options in free agency. Owens is close to Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and likes Atlanta receivers coach George Stewart.
Owens was so upset when Stewart left the 49ers for the Falcons in February, Owens missed a practice at the Pro Bowl.
Now, more than ever, it seems unlikely the 49ers will even try to negotiate a deal with the receiver.
"I thought there was a really good chance before the season started (of re-signing with the 49ers)," Joseph told the Chronicle. "But when our efforts were not reciprocated, it became apparent to me that the chances were not that great. That took a toll on Terrell."