Terrell Owens Says He'll Be Ready in a Month: 7 Teams Who Might Sign the Veteran
Terrell Owens. Remember him? The unsigned veteran wide-out recently had stem-cell surgery in Korea on his injured knee. In an interview on ESPN, Owens said that rehab has been going well and he should be in playing shape within a month tops.
How much gas does the 37 year old have left in the tank? It's impossible to really know. But given his situation, he could actually be worth something. He would only be playing for half of the regular season, so wearing down shouldn't be too much of a concern.
This could be TO's last go around, and he'll surely be making a run for that elusive Super Bowl ring. So I don't expect him to suit up for a losing team.
Here are seven teams that could benefit from signing Terrell Owens.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
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This is the least likely destination for TO on this list, but it could work.
The Steelers have gotten of to a pretty slow start, but you can never count them out. Hines Ward is banged up, but they've gotten some production from their young receivers. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown have been making plays in the early going.
However, the bottom line is that the Steelers have not looked like the Steelers of the past few years. Bringing in Owens would provide another veteran leader and could ignite what has been a pretty mundane offense.
6. Green Bay Packers
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Yep, the first two teams on this list are last year's Super Bowl teams. I did say TO will be looking for a ring.
Unlike the Steelers, the Packers haven't missed a beat. They've gotten out to a 4-0 start and seem to be the best team in the league.
They haven't struggled at all to score points, but Donald Driver is currently banged up. It doesn't look too bad, and Greg Jennings and Jordie Nelson are solid options for Rodgers as well.
This isn't a move the Packers have to make by any stretch, but who knows. The good thing is that TO wouldn't have to be the guy. I'm also pretty sure he won't be complaining about his touches considering his circumstances. A mature, wiser TO wouldn't be a cancer in the locker room.
5. Dallas Cowboys
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Could there be a re-kindling of the Romo-Owens bromance? In case you didn't know, that's his quarterback.
Tony Romo has carried that team so far this season, and I don't see how he can lead them to the playoffs all on his own. For one, their defense needs to play a lot better, but adding another receiver would help Romo out.
Dez Bryant is a ridiculous athlete, but most of their passing game has revolved around Jason Witten. TO would bring some more depth to that receiving core.
4. Baltimore Ravens
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The Ravens have played well in the early going, but I feel like you can never have enough weapons for a quarterback like Joe Flacco.
Anquan Boldin is clearly the No. 1 receiver, but they don't have much after him. Veteran Derrick Mason left Baltimore for New York this past offseason.
Maybe Owens could make up for the loss of Mason's leadership. Imagine TO and Ray Lewis going for a Super Bowl ring in what could be the last season for both of them. I'm sure the young players on that team would be playing some pretty inspired football.
3. Houston Texans
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I wasn't 100 percent sold on the Texans before the season, but they are for real. They've always been known for their offense, but last week proved they can win games with their defense as well.
Andre Johnson suffered what seemed to be a pretty severe leg injury, but it apparently looked a lot worse than it really was. I wouldn't have a ton in confidence in a passing game centered on Jacoby Jones and Owen Daniels.
Like I said, the injury probably isn't that serious, and Houston will surely get more production out of Arian Foster. But adding Terrell Owens in to the mix could help them in the leadership department, and create another target for Matt Schaub to throw to.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Outside of Mike Williams (not the one who went to USC), the Bucs don't have a whole lot at receiver. Preston Parker leads their receivers in catches and receiving yards.
Tampa Bay is also a very young, inexperienced team. If TO were to take his talents to Tampa, he would be older than their head coach. That would be a bit odd, but veteran leadership is a necessity, especially when it comes to the playoffs.
I know I wasn't expecting too much from the Bucs before this season, but they've looked good so far. Josh Freeman is blossoming into a very good NFL quarterback, and he's doing it with not a lot to work with. TO would be another weapon for him to throw to, and the veteran leader that team needs if they want to be taken seriously.
1. Detroit Lions
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The Lions would be a great fit for TO, and TO would be a great fit for the Lions.
Calvin Johnson is one of the best receivers in the league, and Nate Burleson is a solid option at No. 2. Add Brandon Pettigrew at tight end into the mix, and that's a pretty good arsenal for Matthew Stafford to work with.
TO would fit right in. I mentioned earlier that he won't be complaining over touches. He now understands his place in the league. He would be the No. 3 receiver in their offense, which I think is just right. Owens being on the field in a three of four receiver formation gives the defense just another thing to think about.
The Lions are a very good all around team, and should be taken seriously. If Terrell wants a place where he can provide some leadership, make some catches and have a chance at a Super Bowl, he should get in touch with the Lions.
TO could be the "x-factor" that the Lions need if they want to make a deep playoff run this season.