Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch, Donte' Stallworth and Danny Woodhead were either released or lost to free agency.
Rob Gronkowski is still sidelined by injury.
Aaron Hernandez is no longer with the team.
That's seven players who caught a total of 355 passes in 2012 who will not be there opening week, on the road against the Buffalo Bills.
Owens' workout session with Brady gathered some steam back in April.
Now more than ever, the Patriots should give this possible signing some serious consideration.
Say what you will about Owens, but he has been in the league for almost 18 years and has never been arrested a day in his life.
Instead, he has spent the off-season staying in shape and helping the fight against Alzheimer's.
There is little question that Owens still has the physical gifts to perform on the football field.
"You never see guys this old hardly on an NFL roster playing receiver because they usually can't run. But with T.O. running a 4.45 on Monday and one of the clockings was even 4.43, he obviously can still run.
So in practice today, the DBs are fired up. They've been looking forward to this, to go against a name and he was matched against Richard Sherman who is a very good young corner for the Seahawks, and played at near Pro Bowl level last season, and T.O. went out right away and caught a pass off of him."
Owens' 153 career touchdown receptions place third on the all-time list.
Even with the addition of Owens' former teammate Danny Amendola, the Patriots will need a player of Owens' experience to help put points on the board.
After another devastating postseason loss in 2012, the Patriots can ill afford another early exit from the playoffs with Brady set to turn 37 years of age before the beginning of the 2014 season.
If the Patriots want any hope of winning now, T.O. is beginning to look like a serious option for some much needed support.
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