Why Terrell Owens Should Be Signed: Just Give the Guy a Chance

Chase SummersCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Pretty much everyone I know does not like Terrel Owens. They say he is a cancer for locker rooms and causes bad chemistry between players.

I disagree completely. I feel that while Owens has caused some bad feelings between him and a few other players, these incidents are over-hyped by the media.

Let's take Terrell's "gay" comments about Jeff Garcia. First off, when I first heard this story reported, the mainstream media wanted to make it sound like Owens just came out and named Garcia a homosexual.

He actually did not; he implied it, and I personally think he was half-joking, half not realizing what he was actually saying. It was probably not meant to be personal, but it turned out that way. I think Owens doesn't think about what he says before he says it—he just says stuff.

That being said, I think most of his teammates recognize this and just ignore him. His problems with the Eagles were mostly with management and his contract.

Perhaps the most overblown incident in the career of Owens is when he supposedly said his quarterback, Donovan McNabb, got tired during the Super Bowl. This is once again an incident where the media assumed what he meant an ran with it. All he actually said was, "I am not the guy who got tired in the Super Bowl."

He later said the statement was about how he is a a great athlete and trains hard to have great stamina. I actually believe Owens in this instance, especially because he and McNabb actually like each other enough to lobby for a reunion in Washington.

Overall, I just believe Owens, if given fair money and has a good number of balls thrown to him, won't complain. He has also matured despite playing with the worst quarterback of his career last year in Buffalo. He never complained and played hard.

Yes he may have lost a step, but he is still a better receiver than most guys in the league. Sure, 55 receptions for 829 yards is not amazing, but quite a few teams could use production like that, and if he has a better quarterback then Trent Edwards, who knows? All I'm saying is give the guy a chance.