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Kansas City Chiefs: Why Andy Reid should give Terrell Owens one more chance

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24:  Terrell Owens #10 of the Seattle Seahawks in action during the NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJune 12, 2013

Perhaps you read the title and immediately disagreed with the idea of giving Terrell Owens a chance in Kansas City. Understandable. Besides, Andy Reid went through this with Owens in Philadelphia and would not want to go through this again, especially in his first year coaching in Kansas City.

The Chiefs went through this in the past with former running back Larry Johnson, who created problems on and off the field and was eventually released in 2009 because of his actions.

But would it hurt to explore the idea of giving Owens a chance to prove himself? Besides, the Chiefs don't have a reliable wide receiver outside of Dwayne Bowe and desperately need to form a three-dimensional offense in order to become competitive.

Owens said that there are two teams that best fit him, one of them being Kansas City. But is it a risky move to give Owens a training camp invite?

It is no secret to anyone that Owens creates firestorms with each franchise he's been with. But since 2009, with his career declining, he's been quiet.

Owens has not played in a regular season NFL game since 2010. Since then, he played one season in the Indoor Football League for the Allen Wranglers where he caught 35 passes for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games.

Owens then signed with the Seattle Seahawks last year, but was cut near the end of August.

It is evident that there are more reasons to avoid Owens than give him a chance.

But why not see if Owens, despite being 39, has one more year of football left in him? It certainly wouldn't hurt.

There is no risk in giving Owens a one-year deal and letting him prove himself in training camp and in preseason games. He has established himself as one of the top receivers in the history of the league, but has been one of the most disliked as well because of his negative attitude.

If Owens shows signs of a more mature attitude and can impress Reid and the Chiefs' coaching staff, it is worth giving him a spot on the 53-man roster, and it would give Alex Smith another target.

If Owens creates issues in training camp and struggles to make plays in preseason games, then the Chiefs can simply do what Seattle did; release him and move on.

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