Everyone's thinking it, and now I'm saying it.
When word came out from the San Diego Union Tribune yesterday that the Chargers will not consider bringing in Terrell Owens, I (along with I'm sure most of San Diego) breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Don't get me wrong, this has nothing to do with Terrell Owens as a player. He still has the ability to intimidate defenses, despite his age. I also understand the situation that the Chargers find themselves in. Without Vincent Jackson, San Diego could very well miss out on another Super Bowl shot in 2010.
However, T.O is not the answer. And he never will be. Not just for San Diego, but for anyone.
You see, back in his prime, a lot of people were willing to look past his massive ego, because they could tell that he was a potential future Hall of Fame wide receiver. Despite his lack of commitment to any one team, T.O. had a valuable set of skills and was an asset to all the teams he played for.
Now, though, Owens is nothing but a burden. He continues to complain about his job search this offseason, despite turning down offers from several teams. He continues to be very vocal about a willingness to play for the New England Patriots, despite the fact that he probably knows just as well as everyone else knows about Bill Belichick's lack of tolerance for idiots.
T.O. offers everything that the Chargers need right now: a big, physical receiver who would be a great target for Philip Rivers—someone who could ultimately draw some double teams. However, it's not worth chasing down this head case.
Don't let this fool you all, though. San Diego could still very well be in the hunt for another receiver. They signed Josh Reed, formerly of Buffalo, but he doesn't seem to fit well on the "basketball team." At 5' 10", Reed is a shrimp in the receiving lineup, and he hasn't totally proved to have the clutch reception ability of smaller receivers in the NFL.
This may be a shot out of left field, but there are two viable options left in the free agent market that would provide the perfect stop gap(s) to the Chargers' offense:
1. Javon Walker
However, when he stays healthy, he is very productive, averaging in the double digits in Yards Per Catch. Walker doesn't really have anywhere to go, and would certainly accept a one or two year deal from San Diego. He brings the size and physicality that the Chargers need.
2. Kelley Washington
Kelley Washington is an underrated asset as a backup wideout. He is capable of putting up big numbers, and he has the right size and speed to fit into the Chargers' receiver corp.
In any case, for now, just wipe the sweat from your brow, fellow San Diegans, because the T.O. Show isn't coming to the Finest City in America. Don't expect this to be the end of the saga, though. AJ Smith could very well continue to shop for talent until Vincent Jackson returns to the lineup.
*Article originally written for NFLTouchdown.com*