His past is well documented, but it's Terrell Owens' future that remains the only undiscovered aspect of what has been a fantastic, tumultuous, brilliant, and frustrating career. We may soon have an indication of where that future is headed.

"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."

To me, Owens is a Hall of Famer. It's not even close, and yes, you can separate the shenanigans from the statistics. He's second all-time in receiving yards behind Jerry Rice and third all-time in receiving touchdowns behind Rice and Randy Moss. He went to six Pro Bowls and is a member of the 2000s all-decade team. In more than twenty years of covering the sport, Owens is one of the most dominant players I've ever seen.

The accusations of dividing a locker room, his antics, the celebrations -- they are all on the docket, but they do not override what he did on the field.

The story of Owens now isn't about the past, however. His story now is about a player who thinks he still has a great deal to contribute, while the NFL he wants to return to apparently, for now, believes the opposite.

So Owens -- still physically fit, still training daily -- waits for a call that may never come.

One general manager said no team would likely sign Owens. Another explained he felt Owens might get a second chance in training camp if a team loses a receiver. The first general manager estimated Owens' chances of returning to the NFL at zero percent, while the second said it was 40. Both said the reason for the low odds is the perception that Owens divides a locker room.

"If you ask a lot of my former teammates," Owens said, "and not just one or two, most will say I was a great teammate. That's the truth."

Owens' last stop in the NFL was Seattle. The Seahawks signed Owens on August 6 after he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash in a workout for the team. He was released by the Seahawks later that month.