He's brash. He's controversial. He's unpredictable. He's explosive. He's flamboyant. He's Terrell Owens, and he's the best signing any team made this offseason.
Before anyone slams the Bills for signing Owens, let's get one thing straight: This team is going on 10 years without a playoff appearance. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
So when people say T.O. is going to come in and destroy the Bills, what exactly are they referring to?
Buffalo will go 5-11 instead of 7-9? Oh the humanity!
When talking about a team like the Bills, who have been off the NFL radar for so long and have the mighty New England Patriots to deal with in the AFC East, isn't the risk/reward worth taking a shot on Owens?
What's the worst thing that can happen? The Bills don't make the playoffs? In other words, the same thing that happens without T.O.?
Here is the thing about Owens; he's at the end of the road. T.O. and Drew Rosenhaus can feed us all the fairy tales they want but very few teams were interested in the disgruntled receiver. Let's be honest, when Jerry Jones grows tired of your act, you have very few options.
In those instances, Owens could do more harm than good, so bringing him in would be counter productive. But Buffalo is a different story.
The Bills offense was like watching a solid 0-0 soccer tie last season. They needed play makers in the worst way and in one bold signing, they got a receiver that can make the kind of plays not seen in Western NY since Andre Reed retired.
So what about the people who say T.O. has lost a step? That's a valid point. But instead of being a top five receiver, he's a top ten receiver. Big deal. That still makes him a much more attractive option than the likes of Josh Reed.
Plus, what Owens is going to do for Lee Evans is being vastly underrated by the national media. A lot of people outside of Buffalo don't realize how much coverage Evans has been receiving from defenses over the last couple of years due to the fact that the Bills haven't had a solid number two receiver. Owens certainly qualifies as a solid number two receiver. Evans is in store for a monster year with T.O. in town.
For years the teams in the AFC East have sat by and watched the Patriots sign player after player and done nothing to stop New England from dominating the division. Well, this offseason the Bills made a major splash of their own.
Was it controversial? You bet. Will it pay off? Only time will tell. Was it worth the risk? No doubt about it. The Bills have absolutely nothing to lose.
Sometimes struggling franchises have to roll the dice. The Arizona Cardinals rolled the dice on an aging quarterback who was said to be all done and the team came a couple of plays away from winning a Super Bowl.
The Buffalo Bills haven't been relevant in the NFL for a decade. Maybe they will win with Owens and maybe they won't but one thing is for certain: The Bills matter once again. That alone makes the Owens signing worth it to the most loyal and passionate fans in the NFL.
Getcha' popcorn ready Bills fans.
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