Terrell Owens has done it all. He is third all time in touchdown receptions, proving that he is a ridiculous NFL talent. Although he is old, (39) he has proven that he can still get it done at the NFL level. When he last played with the Cincinatti Bengals in 2010, he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and 9 TDs. The biggest surprise about his numbers that season was that he did it while having mediocre play from the quarterback behind him. With Carson Palmer throwing him the football, Owens was able to produce those solid numbers. Imagine what Owens could do with Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game!
As for why the New England Patriots need him, their offense has seen a complete overhaul from 2012 to 2013. A team that featured Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd, and Danny Woodhead a year ago has seen all of them either leave or get hurt to start 2013. The team is now going with pass catchers that consist of rookies and castoffs the likes of Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, Jake Ballard, Michael Jenkins, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells, and Matthew Slater.
The problem with this group of guys is that they either don’t possess adequate NFL experience, or they are injury prone. Amendola has played twelve games the last two years, and Edelman has been hurt frequently as well. In addition, Dobson and Boyce are rookies and shouldn’t be counted on to put up huge numbers in their first year in the league.
With so much youth and uncertainty on the Patriots roster, why not bring in a guy like Owens? Many people might point to character concerns regarding T.O., saying he is a cancer and the Patriots should stay away. In my estimation, his transgressions are highly dramatized. All he has really done is put his foot in his mouth a few times, saying some things he admittedly wishes he could take back, and has been a little too flamboyant at times. That’s it.
Does this really warrant being blackballed from the NFL? Is a loudmouth worse to have on your football team than an alleged convict like Plaxico Burress, Adam “Pacman” Jones, Aaron Hernandez, or newly retired linebacker Ray Lewis? Last I checked the only crime that T.O. has ever committed has been being obnoxious, and missing a court date for missing one child support payment.
Speaking of child support, this raises my final point on why the Patriots should sign Owens. If the Pats take a chance on him, he will undoubtedly be on his best behavior for them for the entirety of the season. I say this because he has been humbled not playing in the league for a few years, and he was able to keep his mouth shut for both the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinatti Bengals, respectively.
As far as money is concerned, he definitely needs it for child support and to be able to live. The risk on the Patriots side financially would be very low too. He would most likely sign for a one-year deal for near the league minimum. This would allow the Patriots to cut him at any time if he misbehaves, providing a low risk, high reward deal on the Patriots side, and everyone knows the Patriots love good deals.
For Owens, he would be provided an opportunity to catch passes from a living legend in Tom Brady, be coached by a legendary coach in Bill Belichick, and to claim the Super Bowl victory that has long eluded him. Who knows, maybe T.O. could be the missing piece for the Patriots to bring home a Lombardi Trophy in 2013?