Terrell Owens Makes Great Economic Sense for Seattle Seahawks

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIAugust 9, 2012

Aug 8, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens (10) catches a pass during training camp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Terrell Owens is already in trouble with the Seattle Seahawks (though not how you'd expect), but further scrutiny of Seattle's most curious free-agent acquisition this offseason should yield at least a few more cheers in place of jeers. 

First of all, it's not like Owens will be bumping a more capable player off the roster. That's provided, of course, that the 38-year-old even makes the cut down to 53 players, hardly a guarantee for a guy who hasn't played since 2010. Take away Golden Tate from Pete Carroll's receiving corps and every guy on there is either overpaid or terrible. 

Two examples: Tight end Zach Miller is scheduled to earn $6 million in base pay this season, mighty big money for a guy that caught only 25 balls and couldn't find the end zone last season. Here's another: Sidney Rice (32 balls, two receiving touchdowns) is slated to earn $7 million. Even in this economy, that is pricey passing game futility. 

Conversely, the Seahawks signed Owens at a great value. Owens will reportedly play for the veteran's minimum of $925,000. That's even better than what they paid to Braylon Edwards, who'll still get $270,000 if he's cut before the end of the season. And if his 4.4 time in the 40 is to be believed, the controversial wide receiver still has some gas left in the proverbial tank.

And if the old TO rears his ugly head, which seems unlikely for a guy on his fourth last chance, Seattle can simply cut him loose. And honestly, what do they lose by bring him in? Seattle gets another potential option for Matt Flynn, who will need all the help he can get his team to the .500 mark. With the money they decided to spend, I'd say Owens is a pretty good one.