Roll of the Dice: The Top Five Teams That Should Gamble with Terrell Owens

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For Terrell Owens, the future doesn't seem to be too kind. With his age playing a factor in many teams making the decision on whether to sign him, and of course his loud mouthed charisma that has gotten him in trouble on many occasions, Terrell Owens has been quiet thus far this offseason.

If only we all had a DeLorean and a wacky proffesor to boost us forward into the future. That way we'd be able to decipher just where Terrell was heading, and whether or not his antics would cost him once again. Unfortunately, modern technology isn't quite there yet. So for the time being, I'll just speculate in this article.

5. Philadelphia Eagles

Yes, some people out there may not agree with this pick, but the Eagles do seem like a possible fit for Terrell Owens, even if there is a little tension in the air between himself and Donovan McNabb.

Although Philadelphia are still amongst the favorites in the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys are looking like strong contenders to take the first seed into the playoffs next season. On paper, the Eagles look solid. At the moment, McNabb is returning, Kevin Kolb is firing up, and superstar wide receiver DeSean Jackson is in tip top shape to make a handful of remarkable plays in 2010.

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However, on the other side of the plain, there are still some key issues that need working out. At the moment, the Eagles lack that real veteran guy that pulls the team through and shows them the light at the end of the tunnel when the going gets tough. 

Brian Westbrook used to portray that character, but he's been released by Philly. Therefore, T.O could be a useful signing. Look at it this way: he knows the coaching staff, he certainly knows the fans, and he is used to playing alongside stars of all caliber. 

A good signing?  Maybe.  A useful one?  Definitely.

4. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are a team that seems to be on the slow spiral downward. Kurt Warner is gone, and Arizona is quickly resembling the 2008 Green Bay Packers. With Anquan Boldin now with the Ravens and Larry Fitzgerald left with more weight on his shoulders, Terrell could play the role of savior by signing with Arizona.

With this signing, though, a key issue arises: Matt Leinart. Terrell, who has had his quarrels with quarterbacks in the past,  may become a little bit antsy if Leinart struggles in the early going. 

Fortunately, though, Ken Whisenhunt is a solid coach and isn't likely to tolerate Terrell Owens' erratic behavior. The Cardinals need a wide receiver, and with Steve Breaston possibly on the move as well, don't be surprised to see Arizona appear in the next few days on the speculation list.

3. Cleveland Browns

The newsroom is hot with Cleveland Browns' signings at the moment. Jake Delhomme in and Brady Quinn out is a shocker in its own right. Still, it's a move that could post the Browns a few more wins in 2010.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards always used to be "the guy" in Cleveland, but since his departure to the Jets little over a year ago, the void is yet to be filled.  The Browns passing game hasn't been the greatest in recent years, but Delhomme looks to improve that stat.

Without an above-average wide receiver though, Eric Mangini may find himself on the hot seat once again next year, and the Browns could see the familiar figure of below .500 appear.

Terrell may not be the most fitting guy to enter into the Dawg Pound, but he is controversial enough to fit in. "Delhomme to Owens," I can almost hear it now, it would be a combination that would surely post some points.

2. Oakland Raiders

Al Davis isn't big on recruiting, but he does like to scout talent at the best of times.  Unfortunately for Oakland, that talent has resulted in bust after bust, and the Raiders are still struggling to post a winning record.

Terrell to Oakland is probably the last signing you'd expect to see on any given Sunday, but it's one that could interest T.O if the right sum of money comes along.  Give it time. Oakland may just show some interest in the former Buffalo Bill.

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Some people fail to see the relevance in this pick, but it is one that could really put the Bengals on the map in the AFC North. Antonio Bryant and Chad Ochocinco are set to make an interesting duo, but why not make it a trio? 

After all, the more the merrier, right?

Well, maybe not in this case. But it would give Carson Palmer that extra guy to throw the short route to, and T.O is reliable despite what some people may say. He may not post a high point total in Cincinnati, but he would at least give Bengals' fans some hope for the upcoming season.

Paired along with his buddy Chad, and new young gun Antonio Bryant, the Bengals may overtake Green Bay and Dallas for the teams with the best wide receiver core.

With the draft fast approaching, the Bengals will need to be quick. However, if history proves right, Cincinnati will be ready to move on from their shock exit to the New York Jets in the AFC Wild Card Game, and move on to bigger and better things in 2010.  T.O, may just be the start of a new dynasty.

Back to the past we may go with the Eagles, of forward to the future we may go with the Bengals.  Either way, T.O needs a home, and he needs one bad.