New England Patriots Should Explore Possibility of Terrell OwensTuesday November 29th, 2011 - New England Patriots Tickets
Chad Ochocinco has been nothing but a bust and a complete puddle—so why not try Terrell Owens?
If Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots can agree to a low-risk, high-reward kind of contract with the future Hall of Famer, there is no reason why they should not add him to their roster.
Owens held an open workout about a month ago to showcase his skills and prove to the NFL he's healthy despite suffering a torn ACL at the end of last season. However, no one decided to show up—but could it be that NFL Network decided to air the event? That's a possibility.
However, if T.O. is healthy and ready to make an impact, Belichick should be looking his way.
During this week's thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles, CSNNE reported that Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was spotted on New England's sideline prior to kickoff. This is just pure speculation, but could something be brewing in Foxboro? Definitely possible.
What T.O. brings to the table is what Ochocinco was supposed to bring to the table: a presence on the outside, but not necessarily a deep threat. Owens is certainly a possession receiver that can lineup anywhere—similar to Ochocinco—but could flourish on the outside with Tom Brady throwing him bullets.
As Ochocinco was inactive during last week's visit to Philly, No. 85 has yet to score a single touchdown as a Patriot and has only recorded 11 receptions for 201 yards. Ochocinco might as well not even show up to games, as he's a non-factor and practically invisible.
The possible signing of Owens could be something similar to the signing of Albert Haynesworth. Just throw him out on the field, see how he plays with Brady, and if it doesn't work, just cut him—simply because it's a non-guaranteed contract.
Just a few days ago, ESPN's Adam Schefter sent out a tweet reporting that Rosenhaus has said "there is one team that is 'very interested' in his client." I remind you this is pure speculation, but could it be the Patriots? You never know.
Prior to tearing his ACL last season, Owens played in 14 games for the Cincinnati Bengals as he snagged 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Just looking at that stat line, it sure as hell does not like one of a 15-year veteran.
There is only way that Belichick and the Patriots would even consider signing Owens, and that's a guarantee that his knee is healthy, he will not be a distraction and that he can be cut at anytime without any struggle.
The way that I look at it, Owens is just another talented receiver you could add to your offense for a very low cost. Isn't it always smart to surround your quarterback with talent? The talent is there with Owens, so why not take a risk?
If Belichick feels Owens can produce as a New England Patriot for the remainder of 2011 and into the playoffs, we might have to get our popcorn ready in anticipation for the T.Ocho Show in Foxboro.
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