Chad Ochocinco vs. Terrell Owens: Who Deserves a One-Year Deal More?

Travis WakemanCorrespondent IIJune 12, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 15: Terrell Owens #81 and Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals look on during the preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 33-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Just four days after the New England Patriots released Chad Ochocinco, the Miami Dolphins swooped in and signed him.

His former Bengals teammate, Terrell Owens, is still waiting, hoping for another chance in the NFL.

Owens is now 38 years old and seems a long shot to play in the NFL again, but it begs the question, if teams are still willing to give Ochocinco a shot, why not Owens?

Yes, Owens has earned the reputation of being a less than desirable teammate, but Ochocinco has long been considered a player along those same lines.

The difference? Owens is a far superior player.

In their lone season together in Cincinnati, Owens overtook Ochocinco as the team's primary target and had five more touchdown catches.

In 2011, Ochocinco virtually disappeared in New England, making only 15 catches the entire season amid reports that he couldn't figure out the playbook.

Owens' lowest output in his 16 year career was in his rookie season, and he still made 35 catches. In addition, Owens ranks second all time in receiving yardage and TD catches and sixth in receptions.

Despite his age, Owens is still very well put together and has always been known as a player who will work very hard. The same can't be said for Ochocinco, who didn't know where to line up on certain plays and spent time in the offseason doing things like changing his last name and riding bulls.

Some may see it as petty to criticize him for that, but his teammates and coaches never seemed to see it being as "fun" as Chad did.

On the other hand, Owens has made it seem like he wants to own up to his mistakes as he has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show to be "confronted" by the mothers of all his children. He also parted ways with long time agent Drew Rosenhaus.

The Dolphins didn't take much of a risk bringing Ochocinco in, signing him to a one-year, league minimum contract.

Is there a team out there that would give Owens that "last shot" that he desires? The list of potential suitors can't be too long, but it would have to be a team with a strong coach, one who was willing to reap the potential rewards of Owens' physical ability. Would such a move disrupt the team atmosphere? That would be up to Owens. 

Owens needs the money and that is likely one of the biggest reasons he is trying to return to the league. A team would have to take a real gamble on Owens, but one thing you can bet on is that he would show up ready to go, prepared to play and the results will likely translate to the field. With Ochocinco, that's far from guaranteed.