Terrell Owens: 5 Reasons Why Chicago Bears Should Go After Free Agent WR

Bob BajekAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2011

Terrell Owens: 5 Reasons Why Chicago Bears Should Go After Free Agent WR

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    The Chicago Bears' passing game is in shambles, and a solution to the problem the team should be looking at is free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens.

    Owens, 37, is not with any team right now because he is recovering from an ACL tear he had last season.

    However, he is tempting to nab as Chicago's receivers have not done an adequate job in the passing game.

    Here are five reasons why the Bears should ink the controversial receiver ASAP.

1: Owens Was Solid the Last Few Seasons

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    Many of Owens' critics say that he is simply too old, as the six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All Pro receiver will turn 38 this Dec. 7.

    Owens, however, has been proving his naysayers wrong with his play.

    The last three seasons, Owens started in 34 games while collecting 196 catches for 2,864 yards and 24 touchdowns. Of those 196 grabs, 118 were for first downs.

    This is when Owens was 34-37, which is not bad for anyone regardless of age.

2: Chicago Bears Receivers Are Battered and Ineffective

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    The Chicago Bears wide receiving corps has suffered some significant injuries.

    Quarterback Jay Cutler's top target, Earl Bennett, has suffered a chest injury in Week 2 and will miss at least two more games.

    Roy Williams, brought in to be the team's top receiver, has a nagging hamstring injury that made him miss the New Orleans Saints game and be ineffectual against the Green Bay Packers, where he had zero receptions.

    Also, both Devin Hester and Johnny Knox have been dropping balls, stifling big plays.

    The Bears receiving corps is so thin now that they are going to undrafted free agent Dane Sanzenbacker.

    Clearly, Owens would provide a big upgrade to Chicago's offensive woes.

3: Owens Will Provide Cutler with a Reliable Target

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    Since Jay Cutler was traded to the Bears, he has lacked a true No. 1 receiver, as Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Roy Williams have failed to produce.

    Terrell Owens has a similar game to Cutler's top Denver target, Brandon Marshall. No. 81 is a 6'3", 224-pound target who creates separation and makes big plays, whether they are large gains or moving the chains.

    He also would draw double teams, so it would open up more opportunities for Hester and Knox to make plays.

    With Owens in a Chicago uniform, Cutler will have a great No. 1 receiver (Owens has over 15,000 receiving yards and 153 career touchdowns) who would bail him out in tough situations.

4: Owens Would Be a Cheap Investment

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    Even though Owens is a difference maker, he would play for a smaller contract, probably around $2 million or less for the season's remaining games. 

    That would be a wise investment for the Bears, as their current leading receiver is running back Matt Forte (237 yards).

    No matter what anyone says, the feature back should never be the team's leading receiver. That just demonstrates how badly Chicago needs a better receiver, and Owens could fill that void.

5: The Bears Have Nothing to Lose by Signing Owens

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    Terrell Owens would be a low risk investment who the Bears do not have to trade valuable players for and can sign to a one-year contract.

    He will play for a smaller deal and possibly provide the Bears with a true difference maker at receiver the team has been lacking for years.

    Owens still played at a high level the last few years and has been training hard this offseason to get healthy.

    The Bears offense has been so abysmal in both the passing and running game that bringing in a player of Owens' caliber would show the league Chicago is not messing around.

    Chicago has nothing to lose by signing Owens, as Matt Forte is the top receiver. Right now, the Bears do not have an in-house solution to the problem. 

    By bringing the legendary receiver to Chicago, Owens could be a possible solution to get the team's passing attack back to respectability.

    Bob Bajek is a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.