Now that the 2010 NFL Draft has come and gone, the Cleveland Browns have positioned themselves to improve in areas of need such as the secondary, with the drafting of Joe Haden from Florida, T.J Ward out of Oregon and Larry Asante out of Nebraska, and on the defensive line, with Clifton Geathers out of South Carolina.
Drafting former Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty, All-American QB Colt McCoy out of Texas and WR Carlton Mitchell out of South Florida all could go a long way towards putting points on the scoreboard and injecting some life into the Browns 32nd ranked anemic offense this year.
But one area which was not addressed in free agency or during the draft was signing a veteran WR.
Don't get me wrong, I can understand that the Browns may not be interested in trying to sign a restricted free agent such as San Diego WR Vincent Jackson or Cowboys WR Miles Austin, as either would cost the Browns a first round pick in 2011. However if a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized, then Austin, Jackson and Chargers WR Malcolm Floyd could be on the market.
This brings me to one of the biggest names still on the market, Terrell Owens.
I know of his baggage and public spats with QB's Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia and his falling out with Cowboys QB Tony Romo in Dallas, but football is a business and it is a tough, violent and brutal game of winning.
The Browns WR corps doesn't put fear into the Easter Bunny, let alone defensive coordinators and opposing secondaries, and while Browns WR's Mohammed Massaqoui and Brian Roboskie will be going into their second year's respectfully, do you really think that Jake Delhomme can win games without a solid and proven WR like he had in Carolina with Steve Smith?
Owen's is still a physical specimen at 6'3" 224 and can still catch the ball. He would at least open up the field for Massaqoui, Mitchell and Roboskie.
I'm not the biggest fan of Owens in any way, but the Browns need a veteran WR who Delhomme can get the ball to. With AFC North rivals, Baltimore and Cincinnati signing playmaking WR's Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant respectively, the Browns will need a big playmaker of their own if they want to keep up.
The unconfirmed rumor is that Owens is still looking for a team to sign with and is looking for a one to two year deal around $6 million plus incentives. I think he would be a good fit in Cleveland because of his knowledge of the West Coast offense, having played in it in San Francisco and Philadelphia and could teach it to Massaqoui, Roboskie and Mitchell.
He may have more issues than Maxim, but at this point the Browns need a prolific home-run threat on the field and if I'm Cleveland I would be blowing up Drew Rosenhaus' BlackBerry as soon as possible.