Seattle Seahawks: Was Cutting TO the Right Choice?
On Sunday, news broke that wide receiver Terrell Owens' contract with the Seattle Seahawks, the one he signed a mere 20 days ago, had been terminated. Owens tweeted the news himself, proclaiming that his "faith is intact and will NOT waiver."
Appearing in just two of the Seahawks' preseason games, Owens caught two passes for 41 yards. But it was the drops that may have been his undoing.
In the second preseason game against Denver, he dropped a sure touchdown pass from Matt Flynn, which would have gone for 46 yards, that went right through his hands. He had five targets in that game and didn't make a catch while also having the glaring drop.
Friday night against Kansas City, he did catch his only passes of the preseason, but that came with another drop.
The Seahawks also took a chance on veteran wideout Braylon Edwards this offseason, who the coaching staff apparently feels has outperformed Owens.
Owens came to the team with some gaudy career statistics, including over 15,000 receiving yards, 1,078 receptions and 153 touchdowns, good for second in NFL history.
On Sunday, the team made the announcement that rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson will get the nod to start the regular season at quarterback (h/t Simon Samano, USA Today).
Owens had asked for one last chance in the NFL, and the Seahawks gave that to him, but was it cut short too early? After all, the team does have one more preseason game this Thursday against the Oakland Raiders. The team needed to trim their roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, and Owens was one of the casualties.
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Was it the drops that did Owens in or was it the fact that the coaching staff didn't feel he was a good fit on a team that is starting a rookie quarterback? Or maybe it was something else...something we couldn't even see. Regardless, the tenure of Owens as a member of the Seahawks was a short one...and it could be the final chapter in the 38-year-old's career.
Many analysts probably don't consider this a surprise, but unless Owens was up to his old behavior behind the scenes, the Seahawks could have afforded to keep him at least through the preseason. Owens can still get separation from opposing defensive backs, and after not playing in the NFL last year, there's bound to be some rust.
If Owens never plays another down in the NFL, his career should be remembered as one of the best the league has ever seen from the wide receiver position.
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