COMMENTARY | The Kansas City Chiefs handed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe a hefty five-year, $56 million contract this offseason, but are still in need of viable pass-catching options for new quarterback Alex Smith.
The Chiefs are not void of names here, however, having spent their 2011 first-round pick on Jon Baldwin, signing Donnie Avery and Anthony Fasano this offseason, bringing in tight end Travis Kelce via the draft and still employing the likes of Dexter McCluster and Tony Moeaki.
Other than Fasano, however, this group lacks a proven track record--raising the question of just how effective new head coach Andy Reid's West Coast offense (WCO) can be in Kansas City.
While there is still time to see just what he has with the current group, is it possible Reid could be reunited with a familiar face in advance of the regular season?
Terrell Owens has been adamant about wanting to continue his playing career, stating today that he still has something to offer an NFL team on the NFL Network's "NFL AM" show. The effusive wide receiver cited the Chiefs as a possible destination because of the team's offensive scheme--the WCO--but has heard nothing yet in the way of legitimate interest.
"Nothing as of right now," Owens said on the broadcast. "So I understand the process; obviously teams are really taking a closer look in evaluating their younger players. Being a free agent, I understand that later in the months as training camp starts, they'll start looking for veterans."
The addition of Owens would be intriguing from a variety of standpoints, namely because of his previous relationship with Reid when both were with the Philadelphia Eagles.
In parts of two injury-riddled seasons with the Eagles, Owens played in and started 21 games and tallied 124 receptions for 1,963 yards and 20 touchdowns. The players listed above as Kansas City's supposed top targets this season have combined to play 19 seasons, but have only notched 608 catches for 7,039 yards and just 45 scores.
From an on-field standpoint--assuming Owens does indeed still have something to offer--the Chiefs could definitely use another target in their passing attack.
The biggest concern regarding Owens, however, has always been his attitude and his overwhelming stature as the exact opposite of a team player, even alluding to that as a possibility as to why his phone isn't ringing.
"It's all politics. I think a lot of it has to do with my reputation, things that I've done early in my career. I'm a changed person. I'm a bit more mature than I was in years past and I think if anybody out there can look past that, and look what I can bring to the team than some of the things that happened in the past, I can look past it and maybe they could and I could go in and help a team develop some of those younger guys."
In his last full season in the league (2010), Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals. He did not play in 2011 and the Seattle Seahawks cut ties with the wide receiver during training camp last season.
Owens said that he would retire if there is no interest in him this season. Should the Chiefs come calling, however, it might just work out if the focus is purely on catching passes.
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