Earlier today, free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens called into a Boston radio station and said that he would like to play for the Patriots. During his call to WJMN, T.O. went as far as to say that he would take a pay cut in order to play for the Pats. Here’s what he told the radio station:
“I mean, you’ve got Brady there. You’ve got the great mind, coach Belichick. I’m like LeBron. I can go there and take less of a role, take less money and put everything aside and make it work.”
Take less money, “like LeBron“? Umm, sure T.O. He said that he would take less of a role, alluding to the fact that the Pats already have Randy Moss and Wes Welker as options one and two. However, if T.O. truly wouldn’t mind being the third option in the offense, would he mind playing special teams? Most teams, especially the Patriots, like their non-starters (and starters in the Pats’ case) to contribute on special teams to increase their value to the team. Can you picture Owens covering a kick? How about blocking on a punt return? Me neither.
I’m going to go out on a HUGE limb here and give this a 20% chance of happening. The only reason it’s not 0% is that you can never foresee injuries, and if Moss, Welker, and most of the the rest of the receiving corps gets hurt, the Pats may have to turn to Owens to fill in. The Patriots are currently bringing a young group of receivers that seemingly have a ton of potential. Second-year men Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman have had great offseasons and Edelman already flashed some of his potential last season. Rookie Taylor Price, despite missing some time due to college requirements, has also looked good so far and has drawn comparisons to David Givens. Bringing in a player like T.O. would stunt the growth of these players , and besides, the Pats already have veteran insurance in Tory Holt and David Patten.
That’s just scratching the surface. I haven’t even talked about the several dysfunctional locker rooms he has left in his wake throughout the league. With much of the talk this season about improving locker room chemistry, signing a player like Terrell Owens would blow up any progress that the team has made. Disagree? Vote in the poll to the right of the page which asks the question: Should the Pats sign T.O.? Feel free to leave comments as well.