Why A Donovan McNabb-Terrell Owens Redskins Reunion Is Not As Crazy As It Seems

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IApril 9, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:   Reciever Terrell Owens #81 and quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles watch during the first half of the game against the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field on December 12, 2004 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After the Washington Redskins acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles, rumors began to swirl about the possibility of wide receiver Terrell Owens ending up in D.C.

The 37-year old Owens is still on the free-agent market and will most likely not sign with a team until after the draft. One of the main reasons he has yet to sign with a team is because of his age and high asking price.

The thought of McNabb and Owens ever playing together again on the same team seemed as likely as Conan O'Brien returning to NBC. With a number of factors in mind, the once-crazy idea seems more likely than before.

McNabb and Owens Have Rekindled Their Friendship

In 2004, McNabb and Owens seemed to have the potential to become one of the greatest quarterback-wide receiver duos in NFL history. In their first season together, they connected for 14 touchdowns and led the Eagles to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

What happened after that? Well, there's no need to go into detail, since just about everyone reading this article knows the story. All that matters is the former teammates have patched things up from the past and made the decision to be friends again.

Earlier last month, the announcement was made that McNabb and Owens would pair up together on the basketball court during an episode of Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes."

If they can manage to play together on the court, there's every reason to believe they could do the same on the football field.

A Chance In Washington Means A Chance To Take NFC East Title From Eagles

Before any Dallas or New York fan jumps to conclusion about the above statement, let the record show the Cowboys and Giants have a strong chance of winning the division title in 2010.

But for the sake of the article, let's imagine the acquisition of McNabb plays a key factor in the Redskins winning their first NFC East title since 1999. 

As soon as the trade for McNabb was finalized, some analysts picked Washington as the favorites to win the division assuming they fill areas of improvement—such as the offensive line—in the upcoming draft.

For so long, the Redskins have been in need of an elite quarterback and may have found their answer with No. 5.

If Washington does manage to come through next season and win the NFC East with McNabb as their quarterback, expect some hostility from the Philadelphia fan base.

If the Skins manage to win with not only McNabb, but Owens as their top wideout, there's no telling how the fans would react.

Daniel Snyder Has A History of Overpaying Older Free Agents

The main reason why Owens has yet to sign with a team is because of his high demand of a contract. Numerous reports have indicated he's seeking to be paid at least $5 million in 2010 after making $6.5 million last season with the Buffalo Bills.

If any owner is willing to pay the type of money Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus are asking for, Daniel Snyder seems to be the type of owner willing to do so. He has a history of overpaying players—with the most recent being Albert Haynesworth's $100 million contract. 

With this in mind, there still seems to be the slightest chance Owens could end up playing for his third NFC East team if he signs with the Redskins.

Both Owens and McNabb Are Looking For Their First Super Bowl

The last—and only—time both players reached the Super Bowl was in 2005 with the Eagles when they lost to the New England Patriots 24-21.

With both players already in their 30's, the time clock to finally win football's ultimate prize is close to running low. 

Both Owens and McNabb realize how a Super Bowl win would not only add to their outstanding individual careers, but most likely would make them a lock for Canton. The opportunity is there; it's just a matter of whether these two players will reunite to accomplish the goal they never reached when they were teammates with the Eagles.

Dan Parzych Is the Eagles Fan Voice for NFLTouchdown.com.

He is also the founder of the new NFCEastFootball.com.