Why the New York Jets Should Pick Up Free-Agent WR Terrell Owens

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 21, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown 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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After yet another disappointing loss in Week 11 to the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets are now 5-5 on the season and their playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.

As the past two seasons, the main problem with the organization has been offensive production, particularly on the passing side.  Although quarterback Mark Sanchez has been put under intense pressure very often this season, we shouldn't simply look to the offensive line.  

In his third season as a starting quarterback, Sanchez should have the ability to properly set up effective blocks from the line, which he has briefly shown from time to time.  When the offensive line makes its designed block and the quarterback moves out of the pocket, the quarterback must now be more aware of his surroundings because the intended block made by the linemen may have forced a defender in his direction.  People seem to forget about designed blocks and immediately choose to blame the offensive line when a quarterback decides to scramble. 

Sanchez must get the ball out of his hands more quickly and make more adjustments prior to the play if he wants to launch the Jets back into the playoff picture. Not to put all the blame on Sanchez, but after two complete seasons and playoff experience, a lot more is expected out of a starting quarterback, especially the elite quarterback is expected to be.

A new offensive weapon may help Sanchez out a bit and draw some further attention away from either Plaxico Burress or Santonio Holmes. Terrell Owens seems like a great candidate simply because of his pure athleticism.  Sure, he has some injury concerns, but who doesn't in the NFL?

Owens' personality fits very well with the Jets, and although many may think he's a locker room risk, it wouldn't be a concern for New York with a veteran-filled roster to keep him in check. 

As a 15-year veteran, Owens has proved he can play in this league at a consistently high level, putting up big numbers for five different teams throughout his career.  T.O. is a future Hall of Famer who has recorded more than 1,000 yards in nine seasons and scored more than 10 touchdowns in eight. 

Some team needs to take a chance with T.O., because, as he has proven in the past, it is a risk worth taking.  With the season beginning to slip away, the Jets should be that team.