Terrell Owens: WR Would Be Cancerous to Inexperienced Seahawks Quarterbacks

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 6, 2012

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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By all accounts, Terrell Owens is in well-enough physical shape to play in the National Football League. Unfortunately for one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, you need to be in great mental condition to play with the best players in the world.

That isn't to say that Owens is mentally unstable, but he does not have a brilliant track record in terms of boosting his team's morale.

And yet, an NFL team is about to give him another shot.

According to ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks will try to sign the 38-year-old wide receiver before the season begins.

While head coach Pete Carroll is extremely adept at forging player-coach relationships and dealing with players accordingly, it would be naive to think that he can completely switch Owens' attitude around.

The last we heard of Owens, he was being released for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League because "'[he] could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization'" (via ESPN).

If Owens can't control himself, commit to an IFL team and refrain from his childish antics, there is no way that he is going to be able to comply with the NFL's code of conduct.

According to the above ESPN report, Owens ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds, so there is no doubt that he can still play, but it would be foolish to sacrifice team chemistry for nearly washed-up talent.

Team chemistry is especially important for the Seahawks because of their relatively inexperienced quarterback corps.

Offseason acquisition Matt Flynn, though 27 years old, has not had the pleasure of dealing with a ball-hungry wide receiver. Owens is the most diva-esque of all NFL divas, which is undoubtedly going to give Flynn something else to deal with while trying to right the ship that is the Seahawks.

It isn't just Flynn who could be impacted, as SWXrightnow.com reports that Russell Wilson is still in the mix for the starting job. He isn't expected to win the job over Flynn, but at 23 years old, Owens would be a lot for the young quarterback to handle.

The cohesiveness of the quarterbacks and wide receiving corps wouldn't be the only thing that suffered.

Owens is a professional locker room destroyer.

He left the San Francisco 49ers on less than peaceful terms after he spoke about quarterback Jeff Garcia's sexuality. He threw Donovan McNabb under the bus when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, which marked the end of that experiment. He was happy when Bill Parcells left the Dallas Cowboys.

There is no reason for the Seahawks to force the team to deal with Owens' antics. If there was any way to assure that the veteran wide receiver would be on his best behavior and put the team first, this prospective move would be much more sound.

Unfortunately, there is no way to do that. Owens may still have the requisite skills to play in the NFL, but he is a ticking time bomb.