NFL: 5 Possible Landing Spots for Future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens is one of the most notorious players who has ever stepped foot on the gridiron.
Second on the all-time list in receiving touchdowns (tied with Randy Moss), as well as second all-time in receiving yards, T.O. and agent Drew Rosenhaus are confident that the controversial receiver has at least one good season left in him at 37 years old.
After one season stints with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and 2010, respectively, Owens has publicly stated that he would like to be on a championship caliber team at the latter stage of his career.
Assuming T.O. gets his wish and has a chance to sign with a promising team, let’s take a look at the five most probable landing spots for one of the most prolific receivers the league has ever seen.
5. Oakland Raiders
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This should not be all that surprising. When has Al Davis seen a notable free agent and said, “I don’t think that guy’s worth signing right now.”
Seriously though, the Raiders did not look that bad in 2010. They went a perfect 6-0 in AFC West play and were an abysmal 2-8 outside their conference mostly due to spotty quarterback play.
While Jason Campbell is all but guaranteed to be under center once the regular season begins, the addition of Terrelle Pryor through the supplemental draft should at the least give the Silver and Black Attack a reliable No. 2 option.
Playmakers Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford will give a huge boost to Oakland’s offense and special teams, but they could still use some help at receiver even with Louis Murphy in the mix.
It is hard to say how this squad will finish after losing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason, but adding T.O. to their offense certainly could not hurt their cause.
Odds of signing: 20 percent
4. Dallas Cowboys
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All right, before the hate comments come in, read the rationale for this one. America’s team fell flat on its face last year when Cowboys Stadium hosted the Super Bowl, finishing a measly 6-10.
The Roy E. Williams experiment failed miserably: The guy never even looked halfway decent as T.O.’s replacement.
With Williams shipped off to Chicago, Dallas has a very capable No. 1 receiver in Miles Austin, and second-year receiver Dez Bryant showed big time potential during his rookie campaign and will be a massive vertical threat in 2011 if he can stay healthy.
However, who does Dallas have as their No. 3 receiver? Right now, it looks like Kevin Ogletree will fill that void.
However, the third-year receiver out of Virginia has been fairly injury prone, playing in just 17 games in his first two seasons.
Additionally, his career stats in that time are 10 catches for 130 yards. Not exactly the types of numbers that will help keep pass defenses honest.
Team owner Jerry Jones will refuse to accept two losing seasons in a row, so if Dallas starts the season off slow, he will be looking to sign a playmaker or two who’s still on the market.
If T.O. still doesn’t have a home by Week 3 or 4, don’t be surprised if the Cowboys give him a second chance.
Odds of signing: 25 percent
3. Atlanta Falcons
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The Falcons seem like an organization ready to take their play to the next level. They have a number of necessities in place for a winning squad: a franchise quarterback, a top tier running back and receiver, as well as an underrated, reliable defense.
That’s putting everything in a nutshell, but the bottom line is that the Falcons have a lot of potential in the years to come.
The drafting of highly touted receiver Julio Jones certainly doesn’t hurt their cause either. However, there are still some pieces of the puzzle that need filling.
The team’s secondary could use some beefing up for sure, but another reliable receiver certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing either.
T.O.’s presence on the field would really allow Matt Ryan to stretch the field anyway he wanted whenever a passing situation arises.
While some may argue that it is a bad idea to have T.O. around a promising rookie, there are plenty of reliable veterans on the team to keep the outspoken receiver in check.
Odds of signing: 30 percent
2. Minnesota Vikings
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Is reuniting Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb really that crazy?
Like the Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings are coming off an ultra disappointing 6-10 campaign and need to pull out all the stops to return to prominence in 2011.
McNabb, who enters the season at 34 years old, could certainly use a prototypical sized receiver to keep defenses from consistently cheating their coverages Percy Harvin’s way.
Having another reliable receiver on the squad also allows Minnesota to utilize Harvin’s ability as a kick returner to the fullest.
Also worth noting is that Harvin thrives the most out of the slot, and adding T.O. to the mix would make this a possibility more often than not.
Odds of signing: 40 percent
1. New York Jets
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Gang Green has come up short in two straight AFC Championship appearances and has seen their roster change quite a bit this offseason.
However, in a blockbuster move, the Jets were able to grab former New York Giant Plaxico Burress as a replacement for Braylon Edwards.
Burress looked like a world beater in Week 2 of the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals, and if this game is any indication, it appears that Plax hasn’t missed a step after serving a two-year prison sentence.
Alongside Santonio Holmes, the Jets suddenly look like they may have one of the more dominant receiving duos in the league.
The Jets have proven they are right on the cusp of being the league’s best…so just imagine if a healthy Terrell Owens were added to the mix.
T.O. was briefly rumored to sign with the Jets during last summer, but the move makes a ton of more sense now.
Having Holmes, Burress and Owens at the disposal of quarterback Mark Sanchez should help take the pressure off the still developing 24-year-old.
Throw tight end Dustin Keller into the mix, and the run first approach of the Jets all of a sudden is no sure thing.
If Rex Ryan and Terrell Owens are both dead set at getting a Super Bowl ring this year, this could be a best-case scenario for both parties.
Odds of signing: 50 percent