Chicago Bears Signing Suggestion: The Bears Should Sign Terrell Owens

Max MickeyContributor IIISeptember 7, 2011

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on before the game against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears need to sign Terrell Owens as soon as he is ready to play. Owens is still recovering from ACL surgery he underwent this summer, but should be ready to play in a few weeks. 

Yes, Owens at age 36  is not the young athletic stallion he once was, and is coming off a serious injury, but he would still be the best wide receiver on the Bears, no question. Owens has better hands than any Bears receiver, can block and would be their most precise route runner.

The issue with Owens is he refuses to play unless he gets paid at least a few million dollars. Owens recently commented on his financial situation saying, "Football season is on a standstill, so I have no income at this point. None. On top of that, you're talking about the mortgage of all the real estate that I do have. And on top of that, child support".

Could Owens just buy a smaller home(s) and drive less extravagant cars? Absolutely, he could, but we all know he wont because he is a diva. So he will need to find a place to play football because I don't see a prolific television career in his future based off his "The T.O. Show".

Owens being a diva is not necessarily a bad thing, as some may think, because he thrives in the spotlight. Throughout his career, while in big markets with his face plastered everywhere, he has put up great numbers.

In his four full seasons in Philadelphia and Dallas, he pulled down over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns in each season. Chicago is one of the biggest markets on the planet, and Owens would fit in very nicely in Chi-town.

The Bears generally do not make big free agent acquisitions (Julius Pepper being the exception), but they have about $24 million available to spend this year. They will ultimately use some of that money on Matt Forte and possible Lance Briggs, but there would still be a nice chunk of change left over for Terrell Owens.

This move just makes sense, the Bears do not have a large strong receiver that can go over the middle and make big catches or spread the defense in the red zone. They may think they have that receiver with Roy Williams, but they are mistaken. 

Last season in Cincinnati, Owens had to battle Chad Ochocinco for receptions, but he still pulled in 72 catches, 983 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. Owens' numbers were better than any Chicago Bear, even though he only played in 14 games and started just 11.    

This could be a move that helps the Bears get back to the playoffs and possibly the Super Bowl.

Terrell Owens is a Hall of Fame wide receiver who is at the end of his career, but he is still a savvy veteran who would lead the Bears on and off the field.