There has never been a bigger soap opera star at the wide receiver position than Terrell Owens, and I dare anyone to find a close second.
We've had chatterboxes like Shannon Sharpe, Chad Johnson/Ochocinco, and Keyshawn Johnson, but none of them match up to T.O. in a total package.
I'm convinced Terrell Owens has attention deficit hyperactive disorder and is not on medication. T.O. has been labeled as a diva, a crybaby, a whiner, a locker room cancer, and stuff that I definitely can't write down.
However, while T.O. brings this personality, he also brings along production. He has had nine seasons with more than a 1,000 yards receiving, eight seasons with 10 or more touchdowns, six Pro Bowls, and five first-team All-Pro selections.
He also made the 2000s All Decades team as a wide receiver, is sixth on the all-time reception list with 1,006 catches, third on the all-time receiving yards list with 14,951, and third on the all-time receiving touchdown list with 130.
He's a Hall of Famer, that's for sure. So, why hasn't he been picked up?
I think it is a combination of several things. First, T.O. is not a spring chicken. He turns 37 in December. Most receivers have retired by now, and the ones that haven't are not the same as they were when they were 27.
Coaches and general managers are probably convinced that T.O. has lost some speed, which was a major key to his production. He's such a big man with great strength, yet has amazing speed. He can get behind a secondary, catch a ball over his shoulder, and then break away from the defensive back's tackle with his strong body.
Second, T.O. is going to be picky when it comes to who he plays for. He's 36 years old and already has a spot in Canton, so he's going to want to play for a Super Bowl ring. He even said so in an interview on NFL Network.
That means teams like the Lions, the Rams, the Chiefs, and the Buccaneers have no shot of getting Owens. That specific criterion will severely limit the amount of uniforms to choose from.
Third, T.O. wants $5 million this season. That's a lot of money for a 37-year-old guy. Teams are going to look for younger players that can contribute longer than T.O. can.
Fourth, T.O. has already burned out with three teams that are playoff contenders going into the 2010 season.The San Francisco 49ers have a very good chance to win the NFC West now that the Cardinals' quarterback, Kurt Warner, has retired; however, San Francisco and Owens' relationship died out a long time ago when Steve Mariucci was coaching.
The NFC East's Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles were in the playoffs last year, and both of them have worked with T.O. Owens brought results to both teams but also brought plenty of controversy to go with it. Both teams released him.
One team that T.O. has talked about joining is the Redskins, but now they have just signed another receiver, Mike Furrey, and that indicates that T.O. is not on their radar.
The Jets traded for Santonio Holmes and already have Braylon Edwards with Jerricho Cotchery as receivers, and they are a run-based team, so there is no reason to believe that Owens is going to the Jets.
The Patriots and Dolphins already have addressed any receiver need they might have. T.O. is not going there.
I'm positive the Cardinals and Seahawks are already set at wide receiver. Owens isn't going to them. Plus, the entire NFC West is a toss-up, and I don't think Owens will gamble on teams that have had major changes at head coach or quarterback.
The Ravens and Bengals have already addressed the receiver position with acquisitions of Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant, respectively.
The Broncos are so shaky that I can't figure out what their identity is. They've traded all their players, had a great defense for a period of time, then fell apart. I just don't understand the structure of their organization. I don't see T.O. going there.
The Saints don't need T.O. They don't need him, nor do I think Sean Payton wants him. The Saints have just won the Super Bowl with the receivers they've got. T.O. is just an unnecessary addition.
The Packers and Vikings are set at receiver. I can guarantee that. Unless injuries happen, they are set.
So, that leaves, in my eyes, the Bears, Falcons, Panthers, Chargers, Giants, Titans, Jaguars, Steelers, and Texans that could use T.O.'s abilities.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Chargers have not contacted Terrell Owens. They probably are hoping for Vincent Jackson to end his holdout and they make a contract suitable to both parties' needs.
In fact, according to the San Diego beat writer, Kevin Acee, the Chargers do not intend to sign T.O.
The Giants have already had a troublesome receiver named Plaxico Burress, and we all know what happened there. So, T.O. in the Big Apple is a no no in my eyes.
I don't think Jeff Fisher is going to want Terrell Owens in his locker room. So, the Titans are off the list.
That leaves six teams: Steelers, Bears, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, and Texans.
I don't know their policies on T.O., but I doubt Terrell Owens is going to jump to those teams. None of them made the playoffs last year.
The best team out of them is Pittsburgh, but after all the controversy they've had, I don't think they'll go after him.
So, has Terrell Owens been cornered out of the NFL? What do you think?
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