Just one day after Tom Brady worked out with new teammate Danny Amendola at the University of Southern California training facilities, the three-time Super Bowl champion was seen working out with free agent receiver Terrell Owens on Wednesday afternoon.
With the New England Patriots in need of a veteran receiver, particularly a big-bodied wideout who can play on the perimeter and beat man coverage, the rumors of Owens to New England was a trendy and juicy rumor last evening.
Alas, it is almost a certainty that we will never see T.O. suit up alongside Brady and the rest of the Patriots.
Owens has not played in the NFL since 2010, when he was a member of a woeful Cincinnati Bengals squad, catching 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. The 39-year old receiver lasted just three weeks in training camp last season in an attempted comeback with the Seattle Seahawks before being released. Despite the Hawks’ being thin at the wideout position at the time, the club opted to cut the aging Owens.
There is no question that the signing of Owens would generate some serious buzz for the Patriots. But Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization have never intrigued with publicity stunts.
The Patriots are more interested in acquiring the right players to fit the right pieces to their organization. They would rather defer the publicity maneuvers to their AFC East rivals, the New York Jets, who seem more concerned with media coverage than winning.
The Patriots did take a chance on Chad Johnson in 2011, but that experiment failed miserably and Belichick has certainly learned his lesson when it comes to head-case receivers.
Wide receiver is an area the team will likely address in the draft. There are numerous wideouts in the upcoming draft with size that have the potential to be reliable red zone targets. The Patriots could use their first or second round pick on the likes of Stedman Bailey, Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, or Quinton Patton.
All of the above mentioned draftees would help enhance an already explosive Patriots offense, and none of them would come with the baggage that Owens does. Owens’ skills have diminished to a point where he is not worth any of the irritations that come along with signing him.
Sorry to say T.O. fans, but you can put your popcorn down because Owens will not be New England bound.