Mike Francesa, a New York radio personality on WFAN, and formerly of Mike and the Mad Dog, sparked debate this morning after mentioning on his show that the the Buffalo Bills are shopping Terrell Owens and that the Chicago Bears are interested.
Francesa did not name specific sources, but his comments have started a firestorm of controversy across both blogs and ESPN talk shows.
Owens, who signed a one-year deal with the Bills this offseason, has managed only 12 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown so far this year. To be fair, though, the entire Bills offense is currently floundering in ineptitude under former Bear head coach Dick Jauron.
Would the Bears benefit from trading for a 35-year-old prima donna?
Owens has basically caused problems in every clubhouse he has ever been in except, ironically, Buffalo, where his production has been the lowest.
The Bears' current crop of wide receivers includes a lot of young talent in Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, and Earl Bennett. Would the addition of Owens help this trio by having his experience and his command of the opposing team's No. 1 corner?
Or would his selfish attitude and arrogant personality disrupt the locker room?
Whose roster spot would be taken if the Bears traded a draft pick for him? The most obvious answer would be Devin Aromashodu since Rashied Davis continues to be a special teams ace.
(In my opinion, if the the Bears traded for Owens, I have no problem waving goodbye to Josh Bullocks, who has yet to see the field on defense this year.)
In the end, it is unlikely that Jerry Angelo would send ANOTHER draft pick away IF the Bills are even interested, but it raises some interesting scenarios if the Bears wanted to try to make it happen. It certainly will be a fun story to follow leading up the Bears' showdown with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.