Why the Washington Redskins Should Reunite Donovan McNabb With Terrell Owens

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIApril 21, 2010

Today, according to multiple league sources, Donovan McNabb encouraged the Washington Redskins organization to consider signing free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens.

According to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, 36-year-old Terrell Owens is interested in playing for the Redskins as well.

Now, the question is whether or not the Redskins’ front office feels the same way.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan has already clearly stated that the Redskins are not actively pursuing Owens at the moment.

In my opinion, though, I firmly believe that they should.

First of all, it’s apparent that the team is in dire need of an upgrade at the position. The team lacks a legitimate play-making threat on the offensive side of the ball, as their only true option at receiver is 30-year-old Santana Moss.

Furthermore, not a single player accounted for 1,000 yards, and the team scored less than 17 points on 11 different occasions.

In OTA’s, earlier in the week, McNabb witnessed first-hand playing without any proven weapons. As we all know, that is never a key to success.

Team sources have already said that addressing the wide receiver is a high priority, and, honestly, what better way to do so than with a five-time All Pro?

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Moreover, recall that in 2004 Owens and McNabb were teammates who, together, formed a dynamic duo that led the Eagles all the way to the Super Bowl.  

Yes, there were some off-the-field relationship issues between the two. However, there’s no denying their natural chemistry on the field. In fact, McNabb had a career year statistically as he accumulated an impressive 104.7 passer rating accompanied by a 3,785 yards on 64 percent completion percentage.

Finally, this signing would even further heighten the interest of the two highly-anticipated regular season games between NFC East Rivals Redskins and Eagles which is enticing for fans all across the league.

While not a major problem, a McNabb and Owens reunion would also drastically increase ticket sales.

I don’t expect the team to make a move before Draft Day, but I don’t think it would be a bad idea. With only four picks overall in the upcoming draft, the team will have limited resources in order to fill their several gaping holes.

Therefore, taking care of the wide receiver issue would be a wise decision. By doing so, they would have more freedom to look in other various directions.

I am very excited about the possibility of bringing back the formidable McNabb and Owens combination, and I’m hoping that a deal is struck. By doing so, they will both be closer to achieving their ultimate goal of earning a Super Bowl ring, something that, despite both having extremely productive seasons, neither have been able to do.