Pirates Re-Sign Offensive Rookie of the Year, Former Penn State Offensive Lineman

The Massachusetts Pirates have kicked off free agency with big re-signings.

The squad is proud to announce the return of wide receiver Thomas Owens for their maiden IFL season.

Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim is happy to have Owens back after his stellar rookie campaign where he caught 59 passes for 577 yards and 10 scores.

“T.O. obviously had a very productive rookie season in 2019,” Yatim told masspiratesfootball.com. “We are looking for him to take that next step and be a leader for us and build off of a strong foundation he’s already set for himself here.

The Florida International University alum is excited to return to what now feels like a second residence for him.

“Massachusetts is like family and home to me now so it feels great to be back,” Owens said. “It feels great to re-sign here and I can’t wait to get back to work.”

Owens feels like he has unfinished business after the lost 2020 season.

“The [wide receivers] that were there for the 2020 season, we didn’t really know each other that well. But as we got on, we began to figure each other out,” Owens said. “We built a little bond just from that short time and hopefully I see some familiar faces.”

With this new season, comes a new league and Owens is looking forward to traveling more cross country.

“That’s big right there,” Owens said. “I don’t really get to travel too much on the west coast so that will be fun.”

In addition to the re-signing of Owens, the Pirates brought back Chasz Wright who Yatim is excited to finally see on the field in teal.

“Chasz is a physically imposing presence along our offensive front, he’s another kid that works extremely hard at his craft, accountable which is a trait we value tremendously here,” Yatim said. “I think Chasz can play an important role for us this season, and we feel confident he’ll come to camp prepared to do so.”

Wright is enthused by playing in the IFL. Not just with the quality of play, but with the proximity of one of its teams with Dallas. Where he has family that will get to see him play for the first time.

“It feels great to be back and it’s a great transition to the IFL so I am really excited about that,” Wright said. “I’m ready and mostly excited about playing the team down in Frisco because I have family close by in Dallas.”

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