Any time the name Terrell Owens comes up, opinions run rampant and all objectivity immediately goes out the window to be replaced by preconceived notions and biases. Unfortunately for the San Diego Chargers, the time to be picky with receivers doesn’t appear to be now with their ever-increasing injury total at the position. Could the beleaguered T.O. actually get a look with the Bolts before the regular season begins?
While this topic has been brought up in Chargers’ circles before, the idea was never feasible with the incorrigible A.J. Smith as the general manager. With some new blood at GM in Tom Telesco and a new head coach in Mike McCoy, maybe this potential marriage actually has some merit. Add that to the fact that the receiving group of Danario Alexander (ACL), Malcom Floyd (knee), Eddie Royal (concussion, lung), Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen, and Robert Meachem is either banged up or unproven and you have a recipe that could call for T.O.
Once a team known for its trees disguised as wide receivers, the Chargers have gotten increasingly smaller at the receiver position in recent years. Only Floyd remains from the group of lanky pass catchers that once adorned the roster, and he is currently on the shelf with what is reportedly a very severe knee strain. That’s an element that the 6-foot-3 225-pound T.O. could immediately bring to the table in his always physical approach to the game.
Owens has always been known for taking care of himself whether he is actively playing in the league of relegated to the Indoor Football League (IFL) as he was two years ago. Ranking 6th all-time in receptions (1,078), 2nd all-time in receiving yards (15,934), and 3rd all-time in receiving touchdowns (153), T.O. clearly has a reputation for success in the NFL. Unfortunately he also has a reputation as a divisive force within a locker room capable of tearing teams apart at the seams as he did with the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles famously once upon a time.
So to answer the question, are the Bolts desperate enough to add Owens? Not yet, but considering last year he signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year, $925,000 deal with little to no risk, the Chargers can afford to take a gamble both fiscally and personality wise on the controversial receiver. Brandon Lloyd may still be on the market as well, but he figures to command far more money than that on a one-year contract.
Financial constraints and a lack of depth at receiver could facilitate the Chargers to give Owens’ representation a call, but I wouldn’t expect anything to be imminent. If any contact is made, however, rest assured that it will be turned into quite the theatrical escapade with an attention-seeking receiver like T.O. involved.