NFL Preseason: Terrell Owens and 10 Veterans Who Deserve Another Shot
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First off, there will be no Brett Favre sighting on this list. There, I said it. I think we would all appreciate seeing Brett Favre stay in retirement.
We will be looking at both players still out on the free agent market, and players that deserve a shot at starting on the teams they are with.
This offseason has been full of surprises and there are surely more to come.
11) Tiki Barber
Anybody looking for a running back?
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In 2006, Tiki Barber ran for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 58 REC for 465 yards.
Five years later, Tiki Barber is attempting a comeback. Nobody has yet to bite, but Tiki deserves another shot simply because he was a great running back.
He might not start for an NFL team at any point in 2011, but why not pick him up as a backup? Who knows if he has anything left, but Barber is 36.
Barber may not get a shot in 2011 until an injury, but he deserves at least a floater shot because his price tag will have to be cheap.
10) Pat Williams
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Half of the former "Williams Wall" is out and available in free agency.
Pat Williams is 38, but deserves a shot on an NFL team because of the holes he clogs for opposing offenses.
Williams is a very hefty dude weighing in at 317 pounds, hence the clogging of rushing lanes.
Williams recorded 30 tackles in 2010, but did not have a sack. He has been able to stay healthy the past few seasons and deserves a shot as part of a possible nose tackle rotation.
9) Lawyer Milloy
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Lawyer Milloy has been in the league for 15 seasons. It's crazy that it has almost been 10 years since Milloy was in New England.
Milloy had a solid season in 2010, recording 88 tackles for the Seahawks. He did force a fumble, but did not record an interception.
After being released by the Seahawks, could Milloy possibly return to New England? Milloy is 37, but still has plenty of talent to be a decent starting safety.
8) Jason Taylor
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After a one-year stint with the New York Jets, Jason Taylor returned to the Miami Dolphins with a one-year contract.
Taylor recorded 36 tackles, five sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2010. At the age of 36, Taylor is obviously not the player he once was.
Taylor is currently backing up second-year outside linebacker, Koa Misi. Misi does have a hurt ankle, however, and Taylor certainly deserves another shot to start and shine for the Dolphins.
7) Brian Westbrook
Someone please sign me!
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Westbrook had 77 carries for 340 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 16 REC, 150 yards and one touchdown through the air.
Westbrook certainly isn't a starting running back anymore, but obviously could help as a third down back somewhere.
Brian Westbrook will be 31 in September, although he should get an opportunity to contribute somewhere in some shape or form.
6) Keith Bulluck
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Bulluck had a big time down year in 2010 with the Giants, only recording 31 tackles. He was injured for parts of the season, only playing in 13 games.
Keith Bulluck recovered a fumble and picked off two passes in 2010. When healthy, Bulluck can be very productive.
Prior to 2010, Bulluck had recorded 88-plus tackles in each of his last eight seasons. Bulluck is obviously worth a shot at 34 years old.
5) Randy Moss
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I couldn't find a way to place Brett Favre on this list, but at least one retired player made the list.
It was quite shocking when Randy Moss came out and announced that he would "retire." Moss is 34 and coming off the worst season of his career.
Moss is only four years removed from his record breaking season in New England, where he recorded 23 TD. Moss is worthy of another shot, although he might not get it in 2011.
4) Darren Sharper
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Darren Sharper had a major down year in 2010, recording 16 tackles and no interceptions. 2010 was Sharper's worst season since his rookie campaign—by far.
In 2009, Sharper had a career year, posting 71 tackles and nine interceptions. He took three of those interceptions back for touchdowns.
Sharper, 35, only played in eight games in 2010. Health will certainly be a concern for Shaper in 2011, but he is definitely worth a shot as he is a playmaker.
3) Plaxico Burress
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Burress, 34, was rumored to be talking with New York. The Giants, that is...and he signed with their cross town rivals, the Jets.
Plaxico is 6'5" and a phenomenal red zone receiver. The Jets' main problem in 2010 was red zone scoring.
Burress has not played since 2008 because of his prison sentence for carrying and firing a concealed weapon. He did his time and deserves a second shot.
2) Dhani Jones
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How Dhani Jones is still a free agent beats me. Jones is only 33, but put up 125 tackles in 2010, good enough for 11th in the NFL.
Jones only recorded one sack and one forced fumble, with no interceptions.
Jones has recorded more than 110 tackles in each of the past three seasons and certainly deserves another shot. The Browns are supposedly looking at Jones.
1) Terrell Owens
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Following surgery on his left knee, T.O. seems like he is rocking and ready to get back.
Terrell Owens could have finished as a top 10 receiver in 2010, but his season was cut short by two games due to an injury. Prior to the injury, Owens posted 72 REC, 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
With teams like Oakland, Chicago and Jacksonville all lacking a true number one receiver, Owens should be able to find work. He undoubtedly deserves a shot somewhere because he is ultra talented.
Terrell Owens is a very hard worker, but work will be hard for him to find.