Terrell Owens to the St. Louis Rams Is About Selling Tickets

Master TesfatsionContributor IJuly 26, 2010

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Last offseason there were rumors that the St. Louis Rams were interested in pursing Michael Vick. Coach Steve Spangnuolo quickly rejected this rumor, stating that Vick has character issues and would be a distraction to the team.

Now he wants to bring Terrell Owens?

Yes, Vick did go to jail, but the baggage he carries isn't comparable to Owens.

The Rams believe Owens can be a positive influence and role model for the young crop of receivers they have.

This all seems like one big joke. Unfortunately for Rams fans, it's not.

Owens has been known for wrecking locker rooms and getting in heated arguments on the sidelines with anyone from coordinators to quarterbacks. His attitude is a "me first" mentality. A perfect example can be seen by watching ten minutes of his reality show.

Owens may have written a children's book, but he's no role model.

The Rams had two role models in the locker room, but ran them both out of town. This would be a slap in the face for Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, who were both released because the team was going in a "different direction". 

Not to mention that one of the greatest receiving duos in NFL history had some of the surest hands and were some of the best route runners in the league. As of late, Owens has been known for his dropped passes and lethargic effort on routes.

So why would the Rams want to bring this guy of attitude into a young locker room to mentor?

To sell tickets.

This team has won two games in the past two seasons. Last season, their average attendance was 84.6 percent, 29th in the league. 

Even at 36, Owens has a buzz everywhere he goes. For a team that's not going anywhere, they need all the buzz they can get to sell tickets and merchandise. 

With a rookie quarterback, you can book this team for another rebuilding season in 2010. This team is still two to three years away from competing for a playoff spot. However, with the roster they have, and their schedule, they can go 6-10 barring any major injuries.

The difference T.O. would make on the field may be one game. The difference he could make in the stands is sell a few more tickets.

Although most are no namers, this group of receivers, along with Bradford, Jackson, and a healthy offensive line, has the potential to bring back the greatest show on turf in two to three years.

It makes perfect sense to bring in a veteran receiver to help a young receiving core with very little experience. Laurent Robinson leads the way with four years under his belt.

But Terrell Owens?

The same Terrell Owens that called Jeff Garcia, his former quarterback in San Francisco, a homosexual?

The same Terrell Owens who bolted out of San Francisco and had the most confusing sign-and-trade deal in free agency history because he did not want to play for Baltimore?

The same Terrell Owens that got in a fight with one of his teammates, Hugh Douglas?

The same Terrell Owens who criticized the Philadelphia Eagles for not recognizing his 100th career touchdown and called them classless for that?

That's not even half of the list, but you get the point that Owens and role model do not belong in the same sentence as Darko Milicic and Chris Webber.

From a progression standpoint, adding Owens would be the Lawrence Phillips of veterans...it'd get the St. Louis Rams nowhere.

Rather than chasing a few extra bucks in revenue this year by signing a big name, the team could invest in improving the team. At the end of the day, a winning product is what drives in profits for a franchise, not one player.