Terrell Owens: 4 Reasons for NFL Teams To Avoid T.O in 2011
Over the years, he has put up Hall of Fame numbers while still managing to alienate every NFL team he has ever played for. From his war of words with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, to his spat with the San Fransisco 49ers office and Jeff Garcia, T.O has never managed to stay endearing to any organization for the long term.
Teams would do well to stay away from the 37-year-old free agent in 2011.
Owens simply cannot get through a season without taking shots at a teammate, his current organization or anyone else that might get on his nerves. He wears out his welcome everywhere.
Here are four reasons why teams should stay away from the T.O. show in 2011.
He Won't Play Well
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Terrell Owens is nearing the end of his physical rope. Out of gas might not be a proper term, because T.O can probably still produce decent numbers, but he no longer will be a true No.1 receiver.
His last 1,000-yard season was in 2008, and the last time he was in his true T.O form was 2007. On the Buffalo Bills in 2009, he had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, and he didn't even reach 1,000 yards on the Cincinnati Bengals when he was opposite Chad Ochocinco with Carson Palmer throwing.
He is physically on the decline, and it is no fault of his own; after all, he is 37 years old.
In the past, we have seen how frustrated T.O gets when his team has a bad record, and any team that might be in the market for a big-name wideout at this point is unlikely to be a playoff contender (Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, etc).
If he signs with such a team, expect him to try hard in the beginning, and then, stop trying and start whining as the losses pile up.
Does a team headed for a headache of a season really need to pour salt in the wound? I don't think so.
He Wears out His Welcome
With the exception of his two consecutive one-year deals with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, Terrell Owens has never in his career played out the duration of his contract.
With the San Fransisco 49ers, it was a mutual dislike. Owens chose to void his contract in that scenario, technically playing out his full obligation, though not quite the same as going through to the end.
The Philadelphia Eagles inked Owens to a seven-year deal, releasing him after only two seasons...need I say more?
The Dallas Cowboys released him a year early, "blindsiding" him...see a pattern here?
Even with the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills, he clearly did something to sour his relationship with those teams.
Though he wasn't in top form in 2009 and 2010, he wasn't terrible either. Clearly, something he did or didn't do caused those teams to not be interested in him going forward.
He Is Coming off an Injury
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Terrell Owens' 2010 season for the Cincinnati Bengals came to an end when he tore meniscus cartilage in his left knee Dec. 19 against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. The injury landed him on IR (Injured Reserve) for the first time in his career.
It has also been revealed that Owens had surgery on his ACL in June 2011.
At 37 years old, coming off double knee surgery, Owens just seems like he'd be more of a liability to a potential new team than an asset.
He Is a Drama Magnet
Terrell Owens has a penchant for the melodramatic.
Every team he has ever played for with the possible exception of the Buffalo Bills has had to deal with his bad attitude on some level. Drama and controversy just seem to follow him wherever he goes.
It all started with the San Fransisco 49ers. Owens decided that he was underpaid which led to a verbal dispute with the team's front office. The loud receiver cut all ties with the organization following the 2003 season; this too ended in controversy when he insinuated that Jeff Garcia was homosexual in a Playboy magazine interview.
The Philadelphia Eagles decided to pick up the wayward Owens in 2004. This resulted in a great year for both of them, as the Eagles made it to Super Bowl XXXIX.
However, after losing the game to the New England Patriots, Owens criticized the media for not praising him for playing through an injury and made remarks suggesting that Donovan McNabb gave up towards the end of the game.
After a highly-publicized contract dispute (surprise!!) during which Owens threatened to hold out while doing sit-ups in his driveway for the media, the Eagles finally decided to release him and head in a new direction in 2006. During his tenure, Owens had publicly called the Eagles "Classless" and said he would never have signed with them if he could go back to 2004.
His tenure with the Dallas Cowboys was no better. Though he stayed quiet and productive during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, it wasn't meant to last. In 2008, Owens decided that Tony Romo and Jason Witten were conspiring to make sure he didn't get the ball, souring his relationship with the organization.
He was seen frequently screaming at his coaches and teammates on the sidelines throughout the year, creating a locker room cancer; he was released at the end of the 2008 season.
Though he stayed quiet while on the Buffalo Bills, he created controversy on the Cincinnati Bengals by fighting with officials, and stating that the team was "terrible" in postgame conferences. (They were terrible, but he shouldn't say that).
At Terrell Owens' age, drama is just a little immature. Teams would be better off looking elsewhere.