Terrell Owens (T.O.) is a free agent still looking for a job in the NFL. The 6-Time Pro Bowler known for his “excessive celebrations” is watching everyone else start training camp while he tries to get a NFL contract. One of his most memorable celebrations happened during a Monday Night Football game when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. After a 61-yard touchdown pass, he pointed to his wristband with the words, “The Answer” inscribed on it. He did it because, in his own words, “I am the answer.” Seven years later and after stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills, T.O. is trying to get “an answer” to join someone’s locker room.
I have “the answer” for T.O.
T.O. is without a job because of his unrealistic view of his value, not his skill set. Despite what people say about his last season with the Bills, he still had over 800 receiving yards, which could help several teams. However, this does not put him in the category of the top 10 receivers who acquired over 1150 yards last season. Hines Ward and Randy Moss both have just two years less experience than Owens and they earned 1167 and 1264 yards respectively. They are “the answers.”
Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are trying to negotiate a deal as if T.O. is “the answer” that a team can count on to put up 1300 yards plus in one season. To get T.O. on a team, they will have to lower their salary demands and expectations that he be the #1 receiver. Teams are not going to pay $5 million for a 36 year-old veteran to come off the bench and jeopardize the game with a 15-yard penalty for “excessive celebration.” This is not “the answer.”
Secondly, T.O. has to understand his role as a veteran. Teams pay veterans not just for what they do on the field, but the leadership that they provide in the locker room. T.O. has a reputation for being disruptive in the locker room and blasting teammates to the media. He called Jeff Garcia a homosexual, implied that Donovan McNabb was lazy, and said that Tony Romo was distracted by his girlfriend. This would be tolerated if he was going to bring in 1400 receiving yards, but owners do not want to deal with a cancerous player in the locker room for half of that production. That’s not “the answer” to building camaraderie on the team.
T.O. will get a job because he is still a decent receiver. He works hard and keeps himself in great shape. Mike Brown, the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals has left the door open for him to join his good friend, Chad Ochocino, in “The Nasty Nati.” If he does not reach an agreement with the Bengals, we will see T.O. sign with a contract after training camp with a team who is desperate to fill in the gap for an injured player or rookie who needs more time to develop. Either way, it will not be on his terms.
T.O. is no longer “the answer.” He is an option.
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