Terrell Owens is the star of his own reality show on VH1. As far as his actual reality on the football field, however, there hasn't been much action.
Most people who disagree with Owens going to Oakland are quick to cite his "me first" attitude, or his disruptive behavior in the locker room. Most people do get their facts from the media, and the media is known to blow things up to get more reads or attention.
Owens takes good care of his body, and would make a great mentor for all of the other guys on the team. Perhaps off the field Owens enjoys the limelight, but on the field and in the weight room, his work ethic is second to none.
Having Owens for a year or two would be the perfect way to give Oakland's young receivers time to progress. With Russell gone, all eyes will be on Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Adding a guy like Owens would not only lead to production on the field, but it would take some of the limelight away from the younger players.
Heyward-Bey, Chaz Schilens, and Louis Murphy all have the potential to be stars, and reliable targets. The reality of the situation for Oakland is that they can't really feel comfortable with a third-year guy as their most reliable option and veteran presence.
T.O. would create an immediate buzz in Oakland, and he is the type of player who made the Raiders who they were back in the day. While the Raiders are a young team and building through the draft, they can't fully stop being what makes them the Raiders.
In an uncapped year, the Raiders wouldn't have much to lose. The Raiders are an injury away from one of their young receivers being in a really bad situation. Owens would provide needed insurance and assurance, demanding instant respect from opposing defenses that would help to get the other guys open.
Besides, Raiders QB Jason Campbell deserves a veteran on the squad, and Owens is perhaps the best one available. I don't see how signing Owens to a one-year, or even a two-year deal, would hurt the Raiders.
If the three young guys aren't ready to be No. 1 receivers yet, then what can the offense really do?
In a year when no one is counting how much money you spend, Raiders owner Al Davis must take a look at this option.
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