Why the San Diego Chargers Should Sign Terrell Owens Immediately

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIAugust 17, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24:  Terrell Owens #10 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the start of 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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The Chargers really need to give Terrell Owens a call.

Their depth at the receiver position—which wasn't very strong before they opened training camp—has been ravished by misfortune after misfortune.

At this point, they may sport the weakest receiving corps in the NFL.

For a team that failed last year to provide Philip Rivers with the weapons needed to compete in Peyton Manning's AFC West, the Chargers are looking even weaker as the preseason continues to roll along.

The Broncos added Wes Welker to compliment Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. That's three 1,000-yard receivers on one team.

Who are the Chargers expecting Rivers to throw to?

I'll refrain from going down the laundry list of inexperienced players never proven to be productive in their careers. Simply put—it's looking like a bad situation in San Diego.

Enter T.O.

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.

He ran a faster 40-yard dash time with the Seahawks than he did coming into the league as a rookie with the 49ers. That, along with his ability to catch passes off All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, are strong signs that Owens can be productive in 2013.

At worst, Owens is a better option at receiver than anyone currently on the roster.

At best, he'll give the team the opportunity to actually win some football games.

The Chargers haven't been competitive in over three years—how long do they expect their fans to wait? Until the team qualifies for a high draft pick in 2014? How about addressing the glaring weakness on the roster now?

If they produce another losing record in 2013, they'll have only themselves to blame.

It's not too late to act.


Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report.

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