Chicago Bears: Add Terrell Owens or Bernard Berrian?

Jay FloydContributor IIOctober 26, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Terrell Owens claims he's ready to return and worked out for teams on Tuesday to prove it. 

The Bears didn't send a representative. Neither did any other NFL team. 

But as his agent, Drew Rosenhaus says, "Just because they weren’t there doesn’t mean they weren’t interested. I guarantee all 32 teams were paying attention.”

Owens, who turns 38 in December, is rehabbing a torn ACL. Last year with the Cincinnati Bengals, he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

Those numbers would look great on the Bears, better than any Chicago receiver can boast in the last decade.

But Jerry Rice, the Hall of Fame receiver, ESPN analyst and former teammate of Owens, said T.O. looked "winded" and "not in game shape."

So far, Owens' best offer is from another Chicago team, the Rush, who play in the Arena Football League. 

Is T.O. even worth the league minimum?

Bernard Berrian, the former Bears receiver who signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Vikings almost four years ago, was released Tuesday and should clear waivers Wednesday.

In 2008 Berrian had his best overall year, catching 48 passes and totaling 964 yards and seven TDs in his first year for the Vikings.

In the two-and-a-half years since, he's caught 90 passes for 961 yards and four TDs combined.

According to the Chicago Tribune, any team that claims Berrian would be responsible for the $1.2 million left on his deal.

It's hard to imagine Berrian being able to learn Mike Martz' system and perform better than Knox, Hester, Williams or Bennett.

Berrian's best asset, speed, may not be an upgrade over Knox or Hester, who already know the playbook (mostly).

Is Berrian so useful the Bears should pay twice the value of Matt Forte's salary hoping he can help the offense?