Timeout: Terrell Owens Could be the Answer to the Baltimore Ravens Receiver Woes
First off, I would like to say that being a Philadelphia Eagles fan in the state of Maryland is tough.
Many people here have never forgotten what happened with Terrell Owens and how close he was to becoming a Baltimore Raven. For those of you that may have forgotten, Owens made it public that he wanted no part of becoming a Raven and that the San Francisco 49ers had gone against his contract to trade him.
If you ask me, it was all an attempt by the 49ers to "get even".
In the days that followed, it became very clear that San Francisco had violated a key clause in the contract that was supposed to give Owens ten extra days after paper work was to be filed to become a free agent.
Well, San Francisco traded him anyways.
Baltimore took it as a slap in the face, even though the contract was clear and he should never have been there in the first place.
For myself, it was particularly difficult due to the fact that Owens ended up playing for Philadelphia that year and helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl, only to fall short 24-21 to the New England Patriots.
We all know what happened after that with Philadelphia and Dallas.
T.O. made it through his year in Buffalo seemingly under the radar and with some of his worst receiving statistics in years.
So here we are in 2010 and it would appear that Owens is going to be a free agent once again and many seem to think that he will almost certainly end up in Chicago to give the Bears the receiving threat they need.
Chicago does not have a first or second round pick in this years draft. If they want to upgrade their receiving unit they will need to do so via free agency.
I, however, have a different destination in mind: Baltimore.
That's right. The team so many said Owens dismissed should definitely be his next landing spot and here is why.
While I am sure Ravens fans would have mixed emotions of acquiring Owens, T.O. showed this year that he is capable of making it through a whole season without drawing any attention to himself if chooses to do so.
Owens always has the potential to bring the extra baggage, but John Harbaugh was in Philadelphia during the whole McNabb and Owens fiasco, so he will have a good idea of how to handle things if they were to turn ugly.
That will not happen though, with Ray Lewis on the team. Lewis is the type of leader every team wishes it could have.
Despite his age and the fact that he may have lost a step, Lewis can send an energy through the team and make everyone around him play at a Pro Bowl level.
Owens would be no exception.
He has all the tools to dominate a defense and is still one of the best in the game. Despite all the press of his numerous drops in games, Owens has caught many more key balls than he has dropped in his career.
Anyone that thinks otherwise clearly should not discuss football with anyone ever.
I know Raven's fans have been wanting the team to trade for Brandon Marshall or Anquan Boldin, but the fact is the asking price will be too high and the Ravens need all their draft picks to help add depth to an aging and shallow defense.
T.O. also had to deal with a new challenge in Buffalo that has never been a problem for him before. Buffalo did not have an elite quarterback to get the ball to Owens on a consistent basis.
He has played with some of the very best, but Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick are anything but elite.
Ultimately I believe this was a big reason why Owens did not want to play in Baltimore the first time.
He had a shot to play with either McNabb or Boller.
That is a pretty easy one.
Coming to Baltimore should not be a concern, with Flacco proving to be among the league's better quarterbacks.
With a huge arm and ability to put the ball on the money T.O. would almost certainly eclipse the 1,000 yard mark once again and create all kinds of problems for opposing defenses.
Now if the Ravens were to stop with Owens and newly acquired Donte Stallworth to go with a potential Derrick Mason/Mark Clayton combo, you could see some real danger in playing this group of receivers.
You have speed to stretch the field and solid possession receivers to make catches all over the field, which would make double teaming any of these receivers almost impossible.
More importantly for the Ravens is that their receivers only caught five balls against the Colts in the playoffs this year.
Five balls. The Colts defense was able to sit on Ray Rice and Willis McGahee all game long, taking away Baltimore's aggressive running game.
Owens suddenly opens up so much more for a team with a running game like the Ravens have.
Teams can't just keep eight in the box anymore, due to the fact that there is a solid receiving threat opposite Mason who can take it for a touchdown every time he touches the ball.
Ray Rice, in turn, will have more room to run (Not that he needed that much before).
Vice Versa, Ray Rice will allow the play action pass to become more effective, giving all the receivers a chance to get in on the action with a lot of one-on-one coverage's.
It is a win-win for T.O. and Baltimore.
The opportunity provides T.O. a chance to make amends with the cities fans and get back to being one of the leagues dominant receivers.
More importantly, the move is a chance for the Ravens to win another Super Bowl.
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