NFL Free Agency Speculation: Which Teams Are Hot on the Trail for Terrell Owens?
Terrell Owens is looking to get back in the NFL, and while the highly questionable receiver's goals for doing so are likely self-serving, Owens can unquestionably help an offense as a possible third target.
Teams that have seen their receivers go down due to injuries will look into the possibility of signing the veteran receiver. Titans coach Mike Munchak has already admitted his interest.
Wherever Owens lands, he'll take a back seat just like he does in his reality show to the two annoying women.
As mentioned before, Tennessee is exploring its options and the possibilities for Matt Hasselbeck include Owens.
In addition to Nashville being a potential destination, these teams will and should be looking to add another good receiver in Terrell Owens while T.O. looks to add to his 153 touchdown receptions.
6. Baltimore Ravens
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The "Why" is that Joe Flacco doesn't have enough intermediate targets because the organization rid itself of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Derrick Mason last offseason. Anquan Boldin is a beast, but he's slower than Owens is even in the latter receiver's advanced age.
First-year Raven Lee Evans' ankle injury appears bad and Owens could free up rookie Torrey Smith for more deep bombs like the former Maryland Terrapin had against the Rams.
Owens wouldn't be intimidated at Heinz Field in the cold, either. He's familiar with the AFC North due to playing with the Bengals just last season.
5. Chicago Bears
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Jay Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Martz don't always agree, and the Bears' quarterback may want management to give him a reliable receiver to throw at, something he hasn't had since Brandon Marshall.
Martz values experience in his wacky system as the Roy Williams offseason signing indicated. Owens should replace his former Cowboys' teammate on the field if Chicago wants a better chance of making the playoffs in the tough NFC North.
The higher ups in the organization will most likely favor "The Mad Scientist" like general manager Jerry Angelo did when giving away Greg Olsen, who's now Cam Newton's favorite target. Martz is a kamikaze pilot willing to have Cutler, his own man, go down for no greater good.
4. Detroit Lions
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It's no secret that the Lions are a passing offense and it may be more so with running back Jahvid Best's concussion problem. The other problem is that isn't playing good enough to even be a good second-fiddle to Calvin Johnson.
By bringing in another veteran receiver, Owens, Matthew Stafford would have an improved check-down option. He could also experience more headaches.
With a 5-1 record, Detroit needs to look into moves that will help the team for the long haul in 2011 and 2012 for the NFL Playoffs. It's somewhat unrealistic to expect the ground game to improve enough with the tough luck Detroit has seen.
If you need refreshment, the Lions have lost Mikel Leshoure before the season even begun, its trade for Ronnie Brown was nixed because Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor and I already mentioned Best's situation.
Aside from Johnson, the organization's fortune with receivers has been bad (see Williams, Mike). Management could still snatch Owens of the couch, though.
3. Houston Texans
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It's all or nothing for coach Gary Kubiak this season. If he doesn't direct Houston to the franchise's first ever playoff experience, no one will care about the injuries he has needed to deal with.
Among those injured include not only Mario Williams but Andre Johnson. Johnson is coming back but it remains to be seen how well he heals from his ailment. Hamstring injuries can be tough to judge, as seen with Arian Foster earlier in the season.
Even if 'Dre plays like the stud he is, Kevin Walter is just decent and Owens could not only be used as a third receiver but could move up to second on the depth chart.
Owens could decide the winner of the AFC South seeing how closely matched Tennessee and Houston are.
2. Washington Redskins
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Many view Washington as fraudulent, but the Redskins sit at 3-2 entering the team's Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers.
Signing Owens wouldn't be the oddest of moves Mike Shanahan has done. Having only John Beck and Rex Grossman on the roster for quarterbacks could be, though. The former Broncos' coach is all in favor of patchwork as his moves with Washington's roster indicates.
A possession receiver in the Kyle Shanahan-coordinated offense would help not only Beck going forward but Santana Moss. Chris Cooley is out with a broken finger (somehow he's tougher than Tony Romo) which means one less check-down option.
The Shanahans value hard workers, and that's something Owens definitely is.
1. Tennessee Titans
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Matt Hasselbeck has lost Kenny Britt for the season due to a knee injury, and the Titans will look to add Owens as he's coming off his own knee issues.
Swapping 6'3" targets isn't an even exchange, but Owens can provide the tough yardage to the Titans that the offense needs with small targets like Nate Washington, Lavelle Hawkins and Damien Williams.
If and when Tennessee takes the AFC South by season's end, the offense will need a tough receiver in the playoffs against defenses like those of the Ravens, Chargers and Raiders, three teams that don't allow easy yardage.