In today’s NFL, the position of wide receiver is widely considered to be loaded with divas.
But then there is Terrell Owens.
What Owens has done on the field, as well as what he has done in locker rooms across the NFL in the past decade, is well documented. Most recently, Owens has been released by the Dallas Cowboys because owner Jerry Jones believed that Owens was preventing his precious Cowboys from winning games. Whether this is true or not we will find out in 2009, but as for right now all we know is that Owens has just been released from his third team because of his poisonous locker room presence.
This alone makes the possibility of him landing in New York all the more unjustifiable.
Currently, the New York Football Giants have assembled one of the most formidable teams in recent memory. In 2008, that very team was derailed by problematic wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg at a nightclub. The Giants failed to adjust to the opponent’s scheme without Burress on the field, and they fell to Philly in the playoffs.
This caused a lot of overreaction within the Giants fanbase. The perception seems to be that without a true No. 1 wide out that the Giants will suffer the same fate as they did in 2009 and they will be offensively inept as long as the opponent brings an extra man down to defend the running attack.
This isn’t true at all, nor does it mean that we the Giants should pursue Terrell Owens. If the Giants traded Jeremy Shockey because of a bad locker room influence, why Owens’ name is even in play for the Giants is an enigma.
The Giants are not considering Owens nor should they. He is on the back end of his career, and if nothing else, the Giants are looking for youth. Owens sent the 49ers into a decade long tailspin, he left the Eagles scarred, and now he is being cut by the most liberal owner in the league in Jerry Jones. Adding Owens to the likes of Tom Coughlin, Brandon Jacobs, Antonio Pierce, and company would be a recipe for disaster far greater than any defensive scheme.