The Tennessee Titans have not been shy about considering signing Terrell Owens. T.O.'s private workout didn't have any officials from any NFL team present, but rumors persist that the Titans are still interested in signing him.
The Titans have a great need at wide receiver, but signing Owens would still be a big mistake for more than one reason.
First of all, T.O.'s production has decreased over the years. In 2007, Owens had 1,355 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. That's phenomenal.
In 2008, he had 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns. Not as good, but still great.
In 2009 and 2010, on the other hand, he dropped further. He had 829 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2009, then 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010 (a contract year). Furthermore, his yards-per-catch in 2010 was the lowest it's been since 2002.
Now, he's aged another year and no NFL team showed up to his hyped up workout. If you ask me, that means he's done as an elite receiver in the NFL.
You might say, "But we still need help at receiver, why not sign him anyway and use him as a No. 2? After all, even if he's declined, he'd be an upgrade over everyone but Nate Washington."
The answer for that is just as easy: He's a locker room cancer.
Remember last year when the Titans were 5-2 but needed help at receiver? They brought in Randy Moss, an older, but great receiver for a single year. After all, if he doesn't work out, it's just a one year deal, so no harm, no foul, right?
Should the Titans sign Terrell Owens?
After that, the Titans lost nine of their next 10 games and Jeff Fisher was fired. Now the Titans are rebuilding, and if what I've seen from this rookie class is for real, they're starting off on the right foot. The last thing they need at this time is an aging veteran receiver who is such an attention-whore that he had a reality show.
And I don't want to hear about Plaxico Burress doing well with the Jets. Burress had a pretty straight-edged career and made one stupid mistake which he paid dearly for. T.O., on the other hand, has been followed by controversy everywhere he went for his whole career.
Owens has been on four teams in the last six years for a reason. How do you think someone with an attitude like his would affect the growth of Kenny Britt? Wouldn't Owens be a terrific mentor for Britt, who's already had issues of his own?
Owens is not the answer at wide receiver for the Titans. He's old, he's been in decline for years and he's a diva. He is Randy Moss, part 2.
Terrell Owens was one of the greatest receivers of all time. Was. Now, all he is is a washed-up diva who will destroy everything the Titans are trying to build. Maybe the Titans won't win the AFC South this year, but if they don't learn from past mistakes, they never will.