Should Arizona Cardinals and Terrell Owens Bail Each Other Out?

Cedric HopkinsContributor INovember 6, 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 is a free agent. A judge in Contra Costa County, Calif., wants to change that; the judge wants Owens' freedom stripped and him placed in jail.  

The California judge issued a warrant for Owens' arrest based on unpaid child support payments.

Owens claims he tried to reschedule the Oct. 24 court hearing. His basis for seeking a continuance of the hearing: he needed to attend his workout that was scheduled on the same day as the court date.

No one attended either event.

Not a single NFL team representative attended Owens' workout, and Owens failed to attend his court date. Hence, the warrant.

In the same week, Owens sued his attorneys at Greenberg Traurig for a lost investment in a bingo/entertainment facility. 

Owens lost $2 million in the failed bingo venture.

These two pieces of T.O. news flashed across my computer screen over the past 24 hours and had me thinking about the Arizona Cardinals.

First, T.O. sued an attorney over money lost on a bingo hall. Second, a judge issued a warrant for T.O.'s arrest based on unpaid child support payments. 

So Owens is losing money on the one hand, and can't afford his financial obligations on the other.

He's desperate. 

So are the Cardinals. Hmmm.

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is struggling to meet the expectations placed upon him when he was brought into the desert. He's led Arizona to a 1-6 dismal start. Kolb needs all the help he can get.

The ideal help would be to secure the offensive line; unfortunately, that's not going to happen any time soon. 

The Band-Aid approach would be to give Kolb a more reliable target to throw to. He needs it. Larry Fitzgerald's supporting cast is not very supportive. 

According to, Arizona wide receiver Andre Roberts is the worst wide receiver in the league; they ranked him dead last among all 110 wideouts thus far in the season.

Roberts and fellow wideout Early Doucet are tied for seventh in the league in drops among all wide receivers. They are woefully inadequate, especially given the help that Kolb apparently needs at his position. Kolb ranks 28th in completion percentage among all quarterbacks.

Last year, Terrell Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kolb needs that kind of help. Badly.

Some say T.O. is too old to be effective any longer. He was 36 during the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. Owens is a physical freak who has proven that age is not a factor—at least not yet.

Others argue that Owens' bad attitude is cancerous for a team's locker room. That may be true. And I do worry about that coming to fruition with Kolb being so green. I can already see the sideline arguments.

But having future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald and hard-nosed head coach Ken Whisenhunt to regulate the team, Owens' cancerous attitude would be more benign than malignant. 

Until then, we'll have to see what transpires with T.O.'s warrant. Once the police execute the arrest warrant, the Cardinals could choose to bail Owens out; if so, Owens may just return the favor.