Could Terrell Owens be a good fit for the Cleveland Browns? Last year T.O. played in all 16 games for a lousy 6-10 Buffalo team. He finished with 55 receptions for 829 yards and 5 TDs. He led the Bills in receiving yards in 6 games. Let’s pretend he didn’t have character issues, chances are he would already be on a team. Maybe, he has finally realized that he doesn’t have to be bigger than the team.
The most notable part of Owens' one year stint in Buffalo is that there was no drama. That's right, T.O. kept good on his promise that there would be no drama while playing for Buffalo, was it because he was planning on teams flocking to gain his bevy of skills on the field after he was good last season? He knows the number one strike against him is his attitude and he appeared to be a changed man.
Our receiving corps includes Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi, Bobby Engram, Josh Cribbs, and Chansi Stuckey. There are a few others, but will likely not be key players this year on the roster.
If we take a look at the young Cleveland wide receivers you notice a veteran receiver is needed. Sure we have the amazing 60 year old newly acquired Bobby Engram who is a tremendous upgrade on this team (please notice the sarcasm). He had 5 catches last year for Kansas City and was released. There is a reason that nobody picked him up. I know the Browns are hoping that he is the guy that had 94 catches and 1147 yards in 2007. I strongly doubt this will happen, but he got no guaranteed money, so he may not even make the roster.
In my eyes Massaquoi is the number one and depending on how training camp goes, Robiskie and Stuckey will be competing for the number 2 spot. If you take last years stats, then it is Stuckey's job to lose. Massaquoi was the leading receiver for the Browns in receptions and yards by a long shot with his 624 yards. I believe Josh Cribbs's opportunities at wide receiver will and should be limited so that he can be the most outstanding player in the NFL on special teams. I enjoy seeing him in the "Flash" formation, and look forward to seeing what will happen with him and Seneca Wallace sharing the field, but I do not think we have seen enough from Josh Cribbs to be a true wide receiver.
I read somewhere that T.O. said that he would enjoy being a piece to a Super Bowl team, but also would help provide his skills to a team that is on that cusp of a playoff run. He kept his mouth shut in Buffalo and performed well.
As long as Owens does not demand a high salary, I believe he can assist in the grooming of the young Cleveland receivers. Yes, his skills have diminished a bit and it is a risky experiment, but why not make an attempt at making the playoffs by adding more help at receiver, even if the receiver is known to be an ego-maniac.
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