High Risk, High Reward: Who Should Take a Chance on Terrell Owens or Randy Moss?

Josh TrueloveCorrespondent IIIMay 11, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It is safe to say that Terrell Owens and Randy Moss are the best wide receivers in recent history, but they may also be the most controversial wide receivers in league history. Owens (37) and Moss (34) are getting older, but they still have a lot to offer for teams who are willing to take the chance. Even though he is older than Moss, it would appear that Owens has a little more to offer. He plays harder than Moss, and his numbers were better last season. Moss being on three different teams last year does not help his case either. Both players may also be cheap signings this year.

Signing Terrell Owens or Randy Moss would not be smart for any team who is rebuilding, or has a young quarterback. Terrell Owens has a hard time listening and has a very short temper, while Randy Moss has a hard time staying motivated. While a team like the St. Louis Rams are in desperate need of a big time wide receiver, Owens and Moss would not be the safest choices for them. Moss has a hard time keeping his head in the game and takes a lot of plays off; that is not something a team would want for a young promising quarterback like Sam Bradford. Owens plays hard and stays motivated, but has a short temper and puts a lot of blame and pressure on his quarterback; this also would not be good for a player like Sam Bradford.

Another team in desperate need of a wide receiver is the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have a history of signing aging big name free agents, making Washington seem like a likely destination for Owens or Moss. While it is quite possible, this move would neither help the Redskins or Moss/Owens. The Redskins appear to be ready to move on from quarterback Donovan McNabb already, and passed on drafting a quarterback in the draft. Who is left on their roster? Rex Grossman and John Beck. Unless they traded for or signed a decent quarterback, Owens/Moss in Washington would not end well.

Randy Moss needs to be motivated, and Terrell Owens needs a quarterback who will keep him in line. The perfect team for either of these two players would be the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning has made a career out of making so-so wide receivers look like superstars. Imagine what he could do with a talent like Randy Moss or Terrell Owens. It is very unlikely that Peyton Manning would allow one of his wide receivers to be lazy and give up on plays. Randy Moss needs a quarterback like Manning. With the constant winning and constant passing, the Colts' offense is one that Moss would stay motivated in. He would not give up on Manning, simply because Manning would not allow it. Moss would benefit from Peyton, and Peyton would benefit from Moss.

As for Terrell Owens, his short temper is something that Peyton Manning would not put up with. While Owens has called out Donovan McNabb, Tony Romo, Carson Palmer and Jeff Garcia, who are all great quarterbacks in their own right, none of them are on the same level as Peyton Manning. It is doubtful that Terrell Owens would bash Peyton Manning in a press conference after a loss. It is doubtful that Owens would be screaming at Manning on the sideline. Why? Because Peyton would not allow it. Peyton Manning may just be the perfect quarterback for Terrell Owens.

While Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are future Hall-of-Famers, one could make a case that it is because of Peyton Manning. Peyton is arguably the best pure passer in NFL history. He makes throws that are near impossible. He has never had the type of wide receiver where he could just throw up the ball and let his wide receiver go get it. He always makes the perfect throw. With Moss or Owens, Peyton would have the ability to just "let them go get it." In a sense, Peyton would greatly benefit from having either Wide Receiver, even at 37 and 34.