Amid the growing injury list for the Denver Broncos, there remains a six-time Pro Bowler who is healthy and unemployed. Terrell Owens, aka T.O., is reportedly near 100 percent after undergoing surgery to repair his ACL this offseason.
This week against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Broncos were so desperate at the wide receiver spot that backup quarterback, Tim Tebow, had to line up as a slot receiver throughout the game after rookie receiving tight end Julius Thomas suffered an ankle injury early on in the game and then Eddie Royal left the game with a groin injury.
The injuries left the Broncos with few other options at the slot.
If the Broncos don't get Brandon Lloyd back soon, putting Tebow in at the slot won't fool anybody and defenses will have the advantage on passing downs.
While the injuries forced the Broncos to rely more heavily on the run, an area they enjoyed welcomed success against Cincinnati, the increasing number of injuries should force the Broncos to look outside of the organization for viable options.
Owens still has the body and legs to beat cornerbacks and create mismatches. He would be a boost to the Broncos, who find themselves running short on playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Last season, playing in only 14 games for the Bengals before being injured, Owens racked up 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
There is still plenty of gas left in that tank.
Owens is definitely outspoken. His touchdown celebrations have been a mainstay of his game for years. He plays the game with swagger and self-confidence. However, in reality, it is his lifetime numbers that speak for themselves.
Owens is second all time in receiving yards with 15,934 yards, trailing only Jerry Rice. He is tied with the "retired" Randy Moss for second all time in receiving touchdowns with 152, again behind only Rice. He is sixth all time in receptions in NFL history with 1,078.
Even when Brandon Lloyd returns for the Broncos, having two top-tier receiving threats would be an awesome advantage for the Broncos. Having T.O. line up opposite of Lloyd with Eric Decker in the slot would be a trio as good as any sets of receivers in the NFL.
Decker and Matthew Willis remain the only two receivers healthy enough to be on the field, and another injury-laden game against the Tennessee Titans next week could have Kyle Orton handing the ball off to Willis McGahee every play be the extent of the Broncos offense.
Owens, hoping to assure any possible suitors for the 2011 season that he is ready to go, posted a video from his twitter account demonstrating quickness on his feet and his ability to sprint.
T.O., a future first ballot Hall of Famer, would be a much-needed spark for the Broncos. He could potentially make an immediate impact.
Owens would provide the depth the Broncos desperately need right away.