As was rumored months ago, the Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Terrell Owens, according to multiple reports. Owens had three fairly successful, yet controversial seasons with the Cowboys where he averaged 78 receptions for 1,189 yards and 12.6 touchdowns.
The first question that comes to mind when a big-named player becomes available is where will he go next? Despite his age, 35, and his attitude and antics, I couldn’t imagine him being done with football. I agree with one Yahoo! blogger that the Raiders seem like a team that would express interest given Al Davis’ track record, but why would Owens show mutual regard?
After all, one of the game’s best receivers, Randy Moss, had a cup of coffee with the team and they were a forgettable two years, that’s for sure. The Raiders have what’s known as the Black Hole in their stadium and it’s a fitting description of what happened to Moss at that point in his career.
What about Bill Belichick, the crafty — and crabby — so-called “genius” bringing in Owens to pair with Moss for another run at a championship dynasty?
Or, Belichick’s former boss, Scott Pioli, now the GM of the Chiefs, teaming up Owens with Dwayne Bowe to give newly acquired quarterback Matt Cassel a dynamic duo?
It’s only natural that fans of the 31 other teams — yes, even Philadelphia and San Francisco, where Owens created waves at one point in his career — will ask, why not our team? While I can’t speak for all those fan bases, I can speak on behalf of the Bears’.
I might have given Owens a chance six years ago when the 49ers were looking to trade him, or even four years ago after his rocky relationship with the Eagles ended sourly. At this point, both his age as well as his cancerous personality would not be worth the risk of bringing him in to be the “veteran receiver” the Bears so desperately need. Especially considering there is another elderly receiver on the market, Marvin Harrison, that would make more sense and be less a risk than Owens.
I know it’s intriguing, the thought of a physical specimen like Owens, who possesses a rare combination of size and speed for a receiver, to be donning the navy and burnt orange, but it’s neither financially feasible nor would it make sense to bring in a guy of his character to disrupt the locker room.
Although I’ll give Angelo a pass for not bringing in a big-named receiver, I won’t let him slide if he doesn’t add a veteran this off-season.