In a week dominated by the NFL Draft, a strange rumor out of the nation’s capital spread like wildfire on Tuesday.
Newly acquired Washington Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb has apparently lobbied upper management to consider signing free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens. No, that is not a misprint, and yes, it is the same Owens.
Lobbying in Washington D.C. is nothing new, but when the professional football team’s new star quarterback arrives and puts in a good word for a former nemesis, many people are going to scratch their heads. Why is McNabb trying to help someone who he used to have a troubling relationship with?
It’s quite simple: That was all a thing of the past.
When McNabb and Owens were teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles, it was a match made in football heaven, at least on the field. The two had a unique synergy when they played together and the statistics proved it. The tandem played 21 games together in the 2004 season, connecting for 20 touchdowns.
And, oh yeah, they ended up reaching the Super Bowl in what was their only season together. It was the only Super Bowl both players have ever played in to this day.
And now the former dysfunctional couple seems to have mended fences and have put all the backstabbing insults behind them. Maybe time really does heal wounds, or maybe McNabb just found out what receivers he will be throwing to this fall.
The Redskins’ returning receivers are Santana Moss, Devin Thomas, and Malcolm Kelly. Moss caught 75 balls last season, while Thomas and Kelly each caught 25. Yikes.
But maybe that had something to do with Jim Zorn’s pedestrian offense or Jason Campbell’s inconsistencies. Either way, Moss isn’t getting any younger and the new quarterback in town needs a new target he can relate to.
That is when Owens appears. Even though he had the worst statistical season of his career last season as a member of the Buffalo Bills, he didn’t have a player of McNabb’s caliber throwing to him. Owens is still a beast in the weight room and can still beat corners when he tries his best.
Dare I say it, but this reunion could actually work. McNabb gets a veteran receiver, Owens gets a job this upcoming season, and the Redskins instantly become one of the hottest teams to watch.
Now only if Mike Shanahan will give this move the thumbs up…