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Earlier today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter described the Jets’ interest in receiver Terrell Owens at 20 percent.

Now, ESPN.com’s Tim Graham reports that the interest is “minimal.”

Maybe 20 percent is a synonym for minimal.  (We doubt it.)  Or maybe the interest had dropped from 20 percent earlier in the day to a much lower level now.

Or maybe it’s just the smell of ESPN-on-ESPN crime in the late morning/early afternoon.

Meanwhile, ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini lays out five reasons for the Jets to avoid T.O. like a dead fish on hot asphalt.

Cimini thinks that Owens’ personality would damage “an already unsettled chemistry” in the locker room, that the move would add more pressure to quarterback Mark Sanchez, that T.O.’s presence would make training camp even more of a circus, that it would send the wrong message to the three young players who want new contracts, and that Owens is in decline.

Even if Owens is in decline, he would be an upgrade over Jerricho Cotchery for the first quarter of the season, while Santonio Holmes serves a suspension.  But we agree that T.O.’s presence would create a potential mess.

That said, we also think that coach Rex Ryan believes he can keep the three-ring circus from causing the tent to implode.

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