With the second day of free agency officially in the books and top receivers Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe already off the market, there are several NFL teams with a need at the position that should give future Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens serious consideration.
Putting a team "over the top" has been a phrase used in the past, and teams may be surprised to see the explosiveness Owens can bring to the table. At 38, after multiple knee surgeries, Owens managed to run a reported 4.45 40-yard dash last summer with the Seattle Seahawks.
The ability to translate physical talents into production on the field has never been a problem for Owens.
Prior to his injury in Week 14 of the 2010 season, Owens was playing at a rate not far from that of the prime of his career a decade prior.
Owens (2001): 93 receptions for 1,412 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Owens (2010—projected over 16 games): 89 receptions for 1,210 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Owens was putting up great numbers despite often facing nickel and dime coverages due to the Bengals' inability to pose a serious threat on the ground in 2010 (they ranked dead last in yards per carry).
The age factor is essentially moot, given the nature of what would be a short-term contract. There are many teams in need of winning now.
Owens remains available as a free agent anxious to sign with a team willing to give him the opportunity to close out his Hall of Fame career on a high note.
There is no doubt that Owens has been humbled.
"I am going to still keep working, still keep running. Eventually I'm coming back. All I need is one team. Everybody's talking about what happened 5-7 years ago - it is what it is. See my heart, not my past." -Terrell Owens
The Minnesota Vikings ranked 32nd in receiving yards from their receiving corps last season, and now they have lost their top receiver in Percy Harvin.
The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 31st in said category last year, with their leading receiver Dwayne Bowe catching a total of three touchdowns—and no one else had more than one. Owens' 153 touchdown receptions stand as the third-highest total in the 93-year history of the NFL. If there's one thing Owens is more than capable of, it's putting points on the board.
Owens is a better No. 2 option than any receiver playing for the Jets, Bears, Cardinals, Bills, Titans, Browns, Jaguars, Rams or Colts. With so many teams sporting horribly depleted receiving corps, there are many places where Owens could fit in well and contribute.
Teams like Indianapolis with young, developing quarterbacks could use a veteran receiver to help them develop. As an 11-5 team without much depth at receiver, the Colts should take a serious look at Owens.
If the objective is winning and teams are serious about winning now, they shouldn't overlook the most notable name in free agency currently flying under the radar.
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