Goin’ Deep! 5 Teams Who Should Consider Signing Terrell Owens This Season
In case if you haven’t seen Stephen A. Smith‘s recent ESPN interview with Terrell Owens, here’s all you need to know: T.O. plans on playing for an NFL team this year—and he’s open to playing for whoever will have him. Owens, who opened up his interview with Smith by making a joke about retiring, feels as though he still has a little bit of gas left in the tank, despite the fact that he injured his ACL during the offseason. Following a controversial stem-cell treatment on his leg in South Korea, T.O. predicts that he’ll be ready to make his return to the field within the next month.
There’s only one problem: No teams have shown any public interest in signing Owens. Because of his injury and because T.O. hasn’t always been a team player in the past, there are plenty of teams who have shied away from even discussing the possibly of bringing T.O. in for a workout. And there are some who simply don’t need him thanks to the receiving corps they’ve already got in place. However, there are a few teams who could definitely benefit from signing T.O. to a deal this year, even if he can only operate at half-strength. Who are those teams? Well, we looked through all 32 rosters to get a better sense of who could be a good fit for T.O. If these teams want to make a playoff push this season, they’d benefit from giving T.O. a second look.
The Team: San Francisco 49ers
How T.O. Could Help: Not only do the 49ers not have a big-time wide receiver on their roster, they also don’t have an average receiver who can stay healthy right now. Braylon Edwards is out with a knee injury right and Michael Crabtree is also battling through his own issues that have him listed as “Questionable” on the injury report almost every week. T.O. isn’t exactly the healthiest alternative, but he would add a deep threat to a team who could really use one. Plus, Owens started his career as a member of the 49ers and would likely view this as a great opportunity to round out his career the right way.
The Team: Tennessee Titans
How T.O. Could Help: Thanks to the injury to superstar WR Kenny Britt, the Titans are short on top-notch receivers. That means they’ll have to rely on a group of guys who haven’t shown that they can perform and perform well for an entire season. Enter T.O. He immediately gives the Titans a credible threat on offense and, if he has a few good games, he’ll be able to open up some running lanes for Chris Johnson. Matt Hasselback has also stepped right into the Titans QB position and taken command of the team, so the Titans don’t have to worry about T.O. ruining the good things that they have going on right now.
The Team: Oakland Raiders
How T.O. Could Help: In reality, we’re not really sure that T.O. could or would help this team. But Raiders owner Al Davis is seemingly obsessed with wide receivers and probably wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to welcome a guy like T.O. into the fold. If nothing else, Owens could help give the Raiders a little bit of personality, because right now, they’ve got a pretty good team but they’re going to continue to get overlooked in favor of teams with bigger personalities on the sidelines. That’s not really an ideal to sign T.O., but hey: At least we’ll know why they did it if they do sign him.
The Team: Chicago Bears
How T.O. Could Help: Name the Bears receivers right now. Go ahead. We’ll wait. If you got past Johnny Knox—or, hell, if you even named Johnny Knox—we’re impressed. The truth is that the Bears have a bunch of receivers who don’t scare other teams. Devin Hester is quick, but he doesn’t have the size to strike fear into larger cornerbacks and safeties. Roy Williams seems to drop everything that comes in his direction. And the rest of the Bears WRs are basically anonymous. Knox is great, but he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to make big catches because of the Bears’ porous offensive line and because of the guys lining up opposite of him. T.O. solves that problem and gives Bears QB Jay Cutler another outlet to help him avoid getting sacked so often.
The Team: Washington Redskins
How T.O. Could Help: Like the Bears, the Redskins have a bunch of serviceable wide receivers, but outside of Santana Moss, none of them really make opposing defenses all that nervous. T.O. could change that whole dynamic. Plus, he’d get a chance to play against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins—two teams he’s played for in the past—twice this season. And we’re sure he’d like nothing more than to prove to his old teams that he’s still capable of making plays on the field. We’re not sure if the ‘Skins want to toy with the chemistry they’ve got going so far this season. But, one thing is for sure: If they don’t do it, somebody else probably will. Something tells us we haven’t seen the last of Terrell Owens.