A Reformed Terrell Owens Can Help the Seattle Seahawks Win in 2012
The possible signing would give the Seahawks some much-needed firepower on offense; increasing their chances to become competitive within an NFC West division that may be up for grabs this season.
Owens has gone to great lengths to help restore his public image - allowing his work ethic and impeccable physical conditioning to do the talking for him in the hopes of making his return to the NFL.
With the recent release of Antonio Bryant, the acquisition of Owens would also add some much-needed veteran experience to a receiving corps that will need to be productive if they hope to keep up with the San Francisco 49ers.
The media will likely raise concerns regarding Owens' character, but I feel that Pete Carroll is wise enough to look past the laundry list of unsubstantiated accusations as his focus is to improve his roster to be able to give his team the best opportunity to win.
Take it from his actual teammates like Donte Whitner.
“I know u are! And I’m ready to Vouch for…and let everyone kno how GREAT of a teammate u were in Buffalo!" -Donte Whitner
2) Owens has been humbled and is driven to return to the NFL.
"I am going to still keep working, still keep running. Eventually I'm coming back. All I need is one team. Everybody's talking about what happened 5-7 years ago - it is what it is. See my heart, not my past." -Terrell Owens
3) Owens can still produce at an All-Pro level in the NFL.
With as productive as Owens was when we last saw him in the NFL, his stats from Cincinnati are still a bit skewed. Analysts cite (often with praise) his 72 receptions for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
Impressive, especially for only having started 11 games that year.
More astounding though is that prior to his injury in Week 12 of 2010, Owens was producing at a rate often exceeding that of the prime of his career.
Owens (2001): 93 receptions for 1,412 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Owens (2010): 99 receptions for 1,435 yards and 13 touchdowns. [averaged]
Then take into consideration the fact that he played part of the season with a broken hand and was backed by the league's least efficient running game in terms of YPA in 2010, and it's clear to see that Owens is still capable of doing some serious damage with the ball in his hands.
Bottom line: Terrell Owens is better than any No. 2 receiver in Seattle.
He has more playoff experience than all of the Seahawks receivers combined, and he's driven to do anything and everything just to be given the opportunity to help contribute to an NFL team.
If the Seahawks care enough to give their fans the hope needed to stand a chance against the NFC West teams that Owens is all too familiar with (having spent eight years with the 49ers), they need to sign him immediately.
He'd be willing to play for a modest one-year contract.
He'll outwork every other receiver in training camp.
Don't do it for Terrell Owens; do it for the 12th man.
Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report. Any questions, comments or professional inquiries can be directed to his email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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