Signing Terrell Owens Can Help the Injury-Plagued 49ers Receiving Corps

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJuly 21, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 21:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park on September 21, 2003 in San Francisco, California. The Browns defeated the 49ers 13-12. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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With Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams landing on the 49ers PIP list, San Francisco is in dire need of help at the wide receiver position.

Michael Crabtree has already fallen victim to a torn Achilles tendon; leaving recently-acquired veteran Anquan Boldin as the team's only notable threat for Colin Kaepernick to throw to at the wide receiver position.

For a team having just lost a Super Bowl that many feel they should have won, now is not the time to neglect depth at one of the team's most important positions.

Terrell Owens remains an available option.

Despite not having played since last year's preseason, for the Seattle Seahawks, Owens' physical conditioning has left him able to perform at a level that exceeds what he was able to do as a 23-year-old rookie.

Recording a faster 40-yard dash time than he did in 1996 as well as his ability to make plays against All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman last offseason stand as strong signs pointing to Owens as a viable option to be productive in 2013.

For as good as Boldin has been during the early stages of his career, the reality is that he only caught four touchdowns in 15 starts last season.

Conversely, Owens caught nine touchdowns in only 11 starts during his last active season when he was part of a dysfunctional 4-12 Bengals team that didn't give Owens nearly the same support Boldin received as part of a championship Ravens team.

All one needs to do is look as the 49ers depleted roster to see a lack of healthy and capable receivers.

In an era of free agency, good teams with Super Bowl potential cannot afford to coast by under the assumption that they'll be "good enough" to get the job done in spite of glaring question marks.

Realistically, are we to expect Chad Hall, A.J. Jenkins or Ricardo Lockette to produce at a rate higher than Owens would?

For the small cost of the league's minimum veteran salary, this would be a low-risk/high-reward situation.

The team could once again ignore very practical advice only to cost themselves another potential championship; but lets hope that getting so close only to fail in 2012 will motivate the team to do everything possible to provide their team with the talent needed to put themselves over the top.


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