Could we see Terrell Owens in a Chicago Bears uniform for the 2012 season? Jim Miller of CSNChicago says the Bears should “kick the tires” on signing Owens. Owens did not play in the NFL during the 2011 season, he last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. Owens eventually finished that season on the injured reserve, his first time being placed on the IR in his 15-year career. Owens has been playing in the Indoor Football League.
Owens on a return to the NFL; “Definitely, that is the plan. I’m keeping myself in shape. I’m sure everyone knows I’m playing in the Indoor Football League with the Allen Wranglers. We’re 5-1 right now and I’m having fun. I’m using it as a way to keep myself in shape to play a few more years.”
Owens also said his health is not an issue and is fine. “The Indoor League is quicker…it’s faster than the outdoor game. It has enhanced my route running ability. If anything, I’ve benefited from, and noticed how quick coming in and out of my breaks I’ve become.”
Owens would be a low risk/high reward kind of situation. No team will go out and sign him to a big contract and a lengthy deal. He’s more than likely to sign for the veteran minimum and a could get a non-guarantee contract. If that’s the case, I’m all for the signing of Owens. If the Bears were to sign Owens, let’s just hope he would come in without the baggage. But that’s always the question abouty Owens. He would still come in and probably be the number 2 receiver behind Brandon Marshall.
On other news, could Devin Hester be more essential to the offense next season and lose the kickoff duties? The Chicago Tribune writes that he could and either Eric Weems or Devin Thomas will return kickoffs in his place. Both of whom have returned kickoffs in their career. Weems who has had great success in returning kickoffs will be the favorite in taking over for Hester. Hester is more than likely to still return punts and play more snaps on the offense. As of right now, Hester is the number 3 receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Earl Bennett. But that could change if the Bears were to sign Owens and if they were to draft a receiver in the draft.
I would be fine with the Bears signing Owens and Hester not returning kickoffs. He could be a big part into the offense and hope it works out for the best. I guess we will just see if the Bears sign Owens and how they will handle Hester for the 2012 season.