NFL Free Agency: Why Terrell Owens Deserves Another Shot in the NFL

Travis WakemanFeatured Columnist IVMay 10, 2012

Terrell Owens recently appeared on Dr. Phil to face the mothers of his children and to let the world know that despite the millions he has made in his playing career, he's broke.

Owens has long been an athlete most people don't seem to care for, but I am here to say he deserves one final chance in the NFL. Yes, you read that right.

I know, I know, he's 38 years old, he's a "locker room cancer" and he's coming off a torn ACL. But under the right circumstances, a team with a patient coach and a strong-willed quarterback could make this work. The team would also need a solid nucleus of wide receivers, because T.O. wouldn't be there to "mentor" them. They could sign him to a one-year, league-minimum contract.

In his last season in the league, Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine TDs for the Bengals, and was arguably the best player on that team that year. Along with a private workout late last year, he is coming off playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League in an effort to show teams he could still play.

Owens' career numbers speak for themselves: 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards and 153 TDs. Other than Jerry Rice, that's about as good as the league has ever seen.

Owens certainly has his detractors and probably for good reason—but the talent is still there to play the game. His physical condition is second to none, as it always has been. At this point, Owens would be playing mostly for the money, admittedly so. But he could also help a team that needs to improve its passing game. Even at 38, Owens would be as good or better than just about every No. 2 receiver in the league.

If Randy Moss can get another chance, T.O. definitely should. So who is going to be the team to step up and take a chance? If you sign him now and he exhibits the personality traits that have seemingly exiled him from the league, then you can cut him before the season starts. So, which teams may be interested? The list probably isn't very long.

In Baltimore, he could easily be the No. 3 wideout behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, and he would give Joe Flacco another big target. Owens once refused to be traded to the Ravens, but I'm sure he'd gladly go there now.

The Miami Dolphins are starting Davone Bess and Brian Hartline at WR after trading Brandon Marshall. They aren't going to win very many games, but Owens could get his payday and have a chance to leave the game with his head held high.

Owens may have to wait until a team realizes they have a hole at the position or someone gets injured in preseason or early in the year but, then again, that call may never come. Owens has burned a lot of bridges in the NFL, but he also has a great body of work that warrants one more shot in the league.