"I'm like LeBron. I can go there and take less of a role, take less money and put everything aside and make it work."
Judging by the general lack of interest in T.O. this offseason, I imagine any offer the Patriots extend to the 36 year old veteran wouldn't be much of a pay cut.
Owens' troubles and his disappointing season in Buffalo last year have been well documented.
Yet despite that, T.O. managed 15.1 yards per catch last season, and broke 14 of his 55 receptions for 20+ yards, four of which went for 40+ yards.
One of the main struggles in New England last season was the lack of the big play. This was due in part to the lack of a clear third receiver, which often bottled Randy Moss up when he ran routes into the depths of the opposing secondary.
Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker is coming off of multiple offseason surgeries to repair torn ligaments in his knee as well as a torn rotator cuff, so naturally there are questions to his availability for the first few games of the season. Owens could prove to be a valuable stopper until Welker is 100%.
Once healthy, the Patriots wide receiving core could feature Moss, Welker, Owens, and veteran receiver Torry Holt, who joined the the Patriots this offseason. No matter how old they are, it seems to me that, theoretically, someone should always be open.
The Patriots have a history of converting former troublemakers into everyday citizens. (See Corey Dillon, Randy Moss). If T.O. was to come to New England, there will be no doubt that Owens will be on a very short leash, one that he is acutely aware of.
If you question T.O.'s understanding of his public image and his view of what his role would be in New England, I leave you with this:
"People think that they have that perception about me. What receiver that's out there that's had great stats, great careers that didn't want the ball? I'm no different...But of course - I mean, you've got Brady there. You've got the great mind, coach Belichick."