Does Cleveland Have Its Popcorn Ready?

Derek TalibContributor IIIMarch 23, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills catches a pass for a 51 yard touchdown ahead of Vontae Davis #21 of the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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In an effort to improve the Browns they  signed an old veteran signal caller who many believe is well past his prime, in fact had his worst season under center in a long time.  Many an eyebrow raised over the signing of Jake Delhomme. Outside of the Browns, and probably inside some of their circles people may be questioning that move. Why would the Browns make such a move? Over the past six seasons Jake Delhomme has Averaged  over 3,0000 yards passing and 17 touchdowns a season. This is a huge upgrade to a position of weakness to the Browns quarterbacking positions. The only question is why not make the same move at other key spots?

Looking at the Browns receiving corps you can see that there is clearly not a number one receiver on the team right now. There is a veteran out there that has very productive numbers and like Delhomme(Jake), Favre(Brett), Sharper(Darren), and Gonzalez (Tony) is on the wrong side of 30. Over the past three years this receiver has averaged 68.5 number of  receptions, 1078 yards per year, 10 receptions per game and 63.00 yards receiving per game. Those are pretty good numbers for any receiver, but not when your name is Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens name alone causes GM's to shutter and coaches to curl their lip, but his productivity is undeniable. He has shown a willingness to work with younger receivers, which the Browns have plenty. He is a well conditioned athlete and practices hard and plays hard every Sunday. How many times has Terrell Owens been arrested or hit women, or been seen at bars where college age girls are earning tuition?  Is Terrell Owens a Diva? You bet he is but so is every receiver at a certain level. 

Mohammad Massaquoi is best suited as a number two receiver right now. Last year his most productive day came alongside Braylon Edwards and dropped off considerably when he was the first option. A solid year where he is the number two receiver while learning from a solid veteran would only serve to help he and Robiskie. 

The market has shown that there are less and less teams clamoring for an arrogant receiver that has drops. At this stage in Owens career it is apparent that this may be his last year or two and that big money contracts are behind him. He has shown that he can come into a losing organization and still put up respectable numbers even with a sub par quarterback.

Jake Delhomme coming off of one of his worst seasons needs a big veteran target. Say what you want to about Terrell Owens but his sheer size alone make him appealing to quarterbacks. Giving him a one year incentive laden contract would not hurt the Browns financially. Terrell Owens on the Browns would only help and sure up a position of need. T.O on the Cleveland Browns would separate the locker room, but Terrell Owens can get a young unproven receiving corps a foundation. Terrell Owens can bring swagger back to an offense that has none. 

Terrell Owens may not be the answer at the number one receiver spot for the Cleveland Browns, but are the Browns even asking the question? Delhomme is coming off his worst year at quarterback and is void of weapons. Terrell Owens might be what the Browns need to rally a young receiving corps. His past antics may discourage a lot of teams who are close to being in contention, but a team void of identity may need his brand of cocky. At this stage in his career is Owens ready to go from a young Luke Skywalker to the old wise Yoda? The Browns may be the team to tell Owens the force is with him.