Seattle Seahawks: Why Signing Terrell Owens Helps the Team

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVAugust 6, 2012

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown 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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According to reports by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Terrell Owens has become the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks. Owens worked out for the team on Monday.

Owens didn't play in the league last season and was most recently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He led all Bengals receivers in all of those categories.

Still, the Bengals chose not to re-sign him and Owens spent the 2011 season out of football, although he did hold a private workout in October, hoping to get a contract, which never came.

Most probably thought that Owens' career as an NFL player was over, but he held out hope he would get one more chance.

Owens finally got the call from Seattle, less than a month from the regular season kicking off. He made the most of the opportunity and reportedly had a very impressive workout for the Seahawks, running a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, which is especially surprising considering he's coming off surgery to repair his ACL.

So how does Owens fit in with the Seahawks and can he help the team? The answer to that is a resounding yes.

Head coach Pete Carroll has made it clear he's not afraid to take a chance on receivers with "baggage," including recently signed Braylon Edwards.

The Seahawks are a team that have a bunch of wide receivers, but no major threats. Sure, Sidney Rice had an 83-catch season in his career, but that was three years ago and he only appeared in nine games for the Seahawks last year before having his season end due to injury.

Outside of Rice, they have Edwards, Doug Baldwin, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Kris Durham, Deon Butler and Ricardo Lockette. Some of those guys are nice complimentary receivers, but none of them are going to take over a game.

An argument can be made that even at 38 years old, Owens is better than any of them and will draw the attention of defenses.

The Seahawks have yet to name a starting quarterback, but whether it's Matt Flynn or Tarvaris Jackson, having a big, gifted target like Owens to throw to will be a huge confidence boost.

Owens comes to the Pacific northwest as the NFL's second-leading receiver in history in terms of yardage and he is tied for second all time with 153 career touchdown receptions.

So what do the Seahawks have to lose? If Owens doesn't work out, Carroll can dump him the same way he did Mike Williams.

Owens has to know that this is likely his last stop in the league, and he will play with that motivation in mind, looking to close his career on a positive note.

And for those who can't get past Owens' history as being a locker room "cancer," try to focus on what the man brings to the field and give it a chance to work. After all, that's what Carroll and the Seahawks organization was willing to do.

The Seahawks finished with a 7-9 record a year ago. They have a solid rushing attack behind Marshawn Lynch. The defense ranked seventh in the league. But the passing offense was 22nd in the league, averaging only 194 yards a game and may have been the difference in the Seahawks missing out on the postseason. 

Carroll recognized that the team needed a boost in this area, and who better to open the passing game than Owens? The Seahawks will be a better team going forward.