Should Tennessee Titans Sign Terrell Owens?

Raj Prashad@RajPrashadCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2011

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Billls runs with the football after catching a pass in front of Cortland Finnegan #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 9, 2009 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It was reported Tuesday night by John Glennon of The Tennessean that Mike Munchak, head coach of the Tennessee Titans, would be interested in working out 15-year veteran Terrell Owens when he can get healthy.

There shouldn't even be a question of whether or not the Titans should sign T.O. if he can get healthy—the quick answer is simply, yes, they should.

If Owens joined Tennessee, he would step in immediately as the big, possession receiver the Titans need to complement the speedy Nate Washington.

Kenny Britt's season-ending knee injury caused a shuffle in the lineup, forcing Washington to become the main threat in the pass game, while Damian Williams was required to move to the No. 2 position. Williams caught seven passes for 70 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career in his first two games starting. 

Tennessee currently has a receiving corps of Washington, Williams, Lavelle Hawkins, Donnie Avery and Marc Mariani. The names might be different, but this group's build is virtually identical. The shortest receiver on the current squad is 5'11", while the tallest is 6'1". Their weight doesn't vary much either, as they all weigh between 185 and 190 pounds. 

Owens stands at 6'3" and 226 pounds, head and shoulders above the current Titans receivers. He brings a physicality these young receivers lack and veteran instincts that only Washington could understand.

Yes, Owens has a history of being a "headcase" and has brought the "sideshow" atmosphere to the locker room. He pulled a Sharpie out of his sock after scoring a touchdown while playing for San Francisco, poured a fan's popcorn through his face mask while playing for Dallas and did sit-ups in his driveway while while playing for Philadelphia.

Those escapades were the young T.O. This is the 37-year-old veteran Terrell Owens. The journeyman was relatively quiet during his tenures with the Buffalo Bills and most recently the Cincinnati Bengals

Questions regarding his health and how much he could produce if signed are moot points as well. If he is healthy enough to pass a physical and get on the practice field, he should be considered a great addition to the receiving corps. Owens was interviewed Oct. 5 by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and stated he would be 100 percent healthy in "a month of less."

Also, consider the players Owens would be replacing: two second-year receivers (Williams and Mariani), a fourth-year receiver who has never had more than 11 catches in a season (Hawkins) and a third-year receiver coming off an ACL tear himself (Avery). Owens has more than 15,000 yards receiving in his career, which stands as three times the amount the current Titans receiver have garnered in their careers, combined.

If Tennessee wants to be considered a legitimate contender in not only the AFC South, but the AFC in general, it has to jump at the chance to sign one of the all-time greats, Terrell Owens.


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