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When T.O. signed with Buffalo he instantly became the face of the franchise on a team with essentially average players, some of whom are waiting patiently to break out into stars. There is no question that T.O. brings an impressive resume with him to the Queen City, but what does one season really matter?
Don't get me wrong, I want the Bills to win a Superbowl as much as the next Bills fan, but I also want a team that's going to be good for more than one season and for more reasons than because of one player addition. What happens if TO gets hurt? What happens if Lee Evans gets hurt? Doesn't it all go to waste then? It seems pretty obvious that it does.
Supposedly T.O.'s agent Drew Rosehaus has said that he thinks T.O. will remain in Buffalo for more than a single season. The idea makes sense to me. T.O. is old, and despite his physical abilities there is still a good chance that he doesn't have too many years left.
It works for T.O. to stay in Buffalo.
In Buffalo he can finally be "the man", something he could not be with Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo wanting to hold the same title. In Buffalo he can continue his stardom, instead of fading out by traveling from team to team much like his predecessor Jerry Rice did going from the Raiders, to the Sea hawks, and lastly to Denver. I believe, (providing that Trent Edwards can keep his end of the deal), that TO and Lee Evans are a formidable WR tandem and TO can find that he will be more relevant here than just about anywhere else.
I really wish for him to stay next year... but my gut tells me he's gone.