March 05, 2009
Terrell Owens has been on three different NFL teams, and despite the fact that he's been tremendously productive with all of them, they have all eventually decided that he's just not worth the trouble.
So here's the big question: Will there be a fourth team for Owens?
My knee-jerk reaction is that yes, of course there will be a fourth team, because NFL history has shown time and time again that no matter how much of a disruption, nuisance, or attention whore someone happens to be, there's always someone out there who will roll the dice on immense talent.
But keep a few things in mind. First, Terrell Owens is 35 years old, and if this offseason has shown us anything, it's that old guys don't always get the money they want. I can see a lot of teams saying, "Hey, it might be fun to have Terrell Owens out there catching passes for us," but I can't see a lot of teams who will guarantee him big-time dollars to do it. That could be an issue.
Owens has also said that he wanted to end his career with the Cowboys. He's shown time and time again that he's very sensitive to criticism. Maybe this is the thing that makes him say to himself, "This just isn't worth it anymore."
I don't know. Again, I tend to think that some team out there will convince themselves he's worth a shot, but I see a lot of stumbling blocks along the way. I think it's likely, though not necessarily a given, that Terrell Owens plays football for someone in '09.
As for who that might be, one team immediately comes to mind, and it might be the one team in the NFL with an owner crazier than Jerry Jones. I speak, of course, of the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis loves to make a splash, he loves a vertical passing game, he has a high tolerance for guys with behavioral issues, and he will spend money. Cap room would be an issue, but it seems like teams always find a way to figure these things out.
Just a thought. I'm sure we'll mention this once or twice again before the day is over.
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