How desperate are the Seattle Seahawks to find a veteran wide receiver? Apparently, they are pretty desperate because they signed Antonio Bryant even though he hadn't played in three years, and they signed Braylon Edwards despite his checkered past and recent drop in production. Bryant was cut almost immediately and who knows how long Edwards will hang on. The latest is that the Hawks have worked out Terrell Owens and were impressed with his physical ability. I know Seattle might need some receiver help, but T.O.?
The problem with T.O. is that you aren't just talking about Owens the player. You are also talking about the mouth, the personality, and the circus that goes with having him on the team. Terrell has been a talented and productive player at different points in his career, but he has also had some very public personality clashes and difficulties with various franchises. Do the Seahawks want the potential distraction that could go with signing T.O.? Or, do they believe his swagger will inspire the locker room?
A more profound problem is that Owens is 38 years old. In NFL years, he might as well be 70. Yes, there are a few select athletes that defy the odds and keep themselves in great shape. However, Terrell is one minor injury from being a complete non-factor on the field. What do the Seahawks think that they are going to get out of Owens at this age? T.O. caught 72 balls for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010. Can he still play at that level? That was two years and a knee injury ago.
Lack of faith?
This does say something about how the Seahawks perceive their receiving corps. I have to wonder if management has doubts about the health and productivity of Sidney Rice or the ability of Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate to play at a higher level. Perhaps this is just about finding one weapon on offense, but the Seahawks sure seem to be looking at a lot of receivers over the last couple of weeks. I guess the pool of options is getting pretty thin.
Maybe T.O. will have a resurgence. However, the possibility of him joining the team makes me a little nervous. I hope that the Seahawks know what they are doing.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Seahawks. He has been rooting for the Hawks since the old school days of Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
More from this contributor:My First Trip to Yankee Stadium
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Seattle Seahawks
- Terrell Owens
- Braylon Edwards