We are just weeks away from the start of NFL training camps and potential Hall of Famer, Terrell Owens, is still in search of an NFL team. The reason why teams are reluctant to sign Owens is because he has been defined as, "a cancer to locker rooms" or "a quarterback killer" or "too old."
HOGWASH I say.....HOGWASH!
I see all of those negatives listed above as a positives. They say Owens a cancer to the locker room? No, I say he is a very passionate player who wants to win. They say he is a quarterback killer? No, I say his quarterbacks weren't that good. And they say he is too old? Ha, I say he is just another veteran voice to help rookies.
So, like it or not, Steelers Nation, you need TO, you want TO, and by God you will learn to love TO. Take the time out of your piergoies eating, Iron City drinking, yinzer loving day to read my five reasons why TO will work while playing in the Black and Gold.
Looking at the current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiving core, there is only one player on the current roster with at least one season with 1,000 yards receiving. Take a look at what TO would bring to Pittsburgh.
In 14 years of NFL service, there is one season where he missed more than two games.
He has been voted to the Pro Bowl six times and has been voted to five first - team All Pro.
TO, ranks sixth on the NFL all-time reception list, and is first among active NFL player with 1006.
TO, ranks third on the NFL all-time yards list, and is first among active NFL players with 14,951.
TO, ranks third on the NFL all-time touchdown list, and is second among active NFL players with 144.
To put it into perspective with Hines Ward's number compared to TO's, Ward has 866 total receptions, 10,947 yards, and 78 touchdowns.
Sure, I get Hines Ward as the Steelers number one guy. He has great numbers. But, after Ward there is the drop off in talent.
Number two on the Steelers depth chart this year is Mike Wallace who is in his second year. I will not compare his number to Terrell’s since TO has 13 more years of service.
Then there is Antwaan Randle El. Randle El won a Super Bowl on the 05 Steelers team as their slot receiver and kick returner. Then after the season he left for the greener (by greener I mean more money) pastures of Washington. Here they expected him to be the number two option next to Santana Moss, but failed. But for numbers sake here is what Randle El brings:
162 total receptions, 2012 total yards, and 7 touchdowns. SEVEN total receiving touchdowns in 64 games in a Steelers uniform!
With the suspension of Ben at the beginning of the 2010 season, someone will need to take the focus off him when he comes back mid-way in the season. Enter the media darling that is TO.
Terrell could be on a bad team trying to catch passes from Charlie Batch, or Dennis Dixon. Then Roth comes into the locker room ready to get back as the starter. Owens takes the pressure off Roth by going up to him and embracing him, saying how Roth is going to help Owens win him his first Super Bowl ring.
The media rallies behind Owens and Roth as the Steelers catch fire the second half of the season, thus winning Super Bowl XLV.
I am going to bring out the motivation check list for this one to see if TO wants to win his first Super Bowl.
Super Bowl host is a former team that cut him, thus wanting to extract revenge-check
TO wanting to stick it to the media for saying how bad of a teammate he is- check
TO wanting to stick it to the media for saying how old he is- check
TO wanting to win his first ring, thus solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest Wide Receivers in the history of the NFL- check
Terrell's only chance at a Super Bowl ring came with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004. Here he came back from a broken bone in his ankle, and played against his doctor's order.
This time around Owens has a quarterback who has not one, but two Super Bowl rings, and won't puke under the pressure of a big game.
Last year Owens made 6.4million for one year of service in Buffalo. Would TO take anything less than 1-million for one year with the Steelers?
This year the NFL does not have a salary cap. That pesky lock out that is on the horizon has prevented the cap. However, the Steelers have self-imposed their own salary cap. Director of Football operations, Kevin Colbert, has imposed this salary cap on the Steelers, as a "just in-case" after the new CBA is signed.
If Colbert and the Rooney family bring Owens into their offices in the South Side of Pittsburgh and show TO- the 6-Super Bowl Trophies, the pictures of Steelers Nation, and the family type of atmosphere that Terrell has been searching for. Then I do believe that this will be a match made in heaven.
Embrace TO Steelers Nation, because he is the missing piece to a seventh Super Bowl title. Owens might not have that Pro-Bowl type of talent that he did four or five years ago. But he does bring at least one or two more wins to this 2010 Steelers team. And as proven last year the Steelers could use one or two more wins.