NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Now this is no way to speak about a potential employer.

Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens announced his interest in playing for the injury-riddled Jets during the team’s Week 5 game against Houston in prime time.

The reaction was mixed at best. But Owens said Tuesday he’s not the one grasping at straws — that would be Rex Ryan & Co., who gave cornerback Antonio Cromartie a few snaps at wide receiver in the 23-17 loss.

“I’ve read a lot of the tweets and everybody’s saying oh I’m desperate, blah blah blah, I’m begging for a job,” Owens told Canada’s TSN. “But it’s not begging for a job when you know that you can still play at a high level given the opportunity. When you have a defensive back playing offense and running routes, then I think that’s more desperate than my actual tweet itself.”

Ryan gave the old “never say never” line when asked about Owens, though the Jets reportedly have no interest in the 38-year-old.

Owens said he sent the tweet “just to have fun with it,” but admitted there were some genuine undertones.

“I think a lot of people know that I’m — as I said — I’m ready, I’m willing and I’m able to play the game,” he said. “As far as me actually getting on the field and getting a response from the Jets … I haven’t gotten anything.”

Of course he was asked about Mark Sanchez versus Tim Tebow. Specifically, who he’d rather catch passes from.

The reply was vintage T.O.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Owens. “You know, as long as they throw it to me, I know I can catch it. I feel like I have the talent to go out there and help that football team.”

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