Terrell Owens: Is He Worth It For Any Team?

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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A lot of teams around the NFL are asking themselves if the bite is worth the bark.

When wide receiver Terrell Owens is on his game, the opposing secondary looks like its their first day on the job.

However, when Owens opens his mouth and criticizes his teammates and coaches, he gets himself his last day on the job.

Let's look at what doesn't lie; the stats he has put up in his 14 year tenure.

During the past twelve seasons, Owens has broken the 1000-yard receiving mark nine times and has had at least ten touchdowns eight times.  

He's helped the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl, and gave the Cowboys the boost they needed to be the premier team in the NFC.

Owens' consistency, even amidst controversy and injury, is an attribute that cannot be overlooked.  

Bottom line: When he wants to perform, Terrell Owens is a hell of a player.

So, does he want to perform?

Is he committed enough to a team to refrain from publicly criticizing his quarterback and front office?

Does he have the class not to insult the home team's fans by stomping all over their logo at midfield?

Has he got rid of the selfishness that was on display when he made a circus out of his final time with the Eagles?

To his credit, last year went off without a hitch, except for below average TO numbers.

But, is he a ticking time bomb, or an athlete that has matured after many stupid decisions?  

That's what the Patriots, Bengals, Raiders and whoever else that is taking a gander at this tremendous athlete is asking themselves.

I think the best place for him is New England. Randy Moss changed his ways after arriving. Bill Belichick has a reputation for not taking crap, and Owens knows that.  

If I'm a Bengals fan, I think Owens' signing would be a recipe for disaster. Ochocinco has proven he still has antics. I think Owens would have a tough time sharing the field with such a great receiver.  

So, here it is: Last year, Owens proved he could keep his mouth shut.  However, the question is if that'll last.

The team that sign him should be a team that has a good chance at making a playoff run, a well-established coaching staff and a descent quarterback.

A team that is looking to rebuild and invest in a star player should look elsewhere. Owens has the potential to set them back if he creates another saga.