After Terrell Owens got cut last night, I immediately thought about him coming to Kansas City. After I got that nonsense out of my head, I started thinking about other potential suitors. I think there will be some for sure.
One could argue that despite this being T.O.’s third divorce, he’s more attractive than after his second one. It’s no secret that Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys are a mess, and that Jason Witten, Pacman Jones, Tony Romo, etc…were just as much to blame as T.O. T.O. is just an easy scapegoat for the BOTOX Billionaire and his quarterback. Sure, he definitely played his part in this mess, but by almost all accounts T.O. was on his best behavior for most of his time in Big D.
Now, T.O., like Randy Moss, will have to both take a pay cut and be a model citizen for a contender to have any chance of entering the Hall of Fame. With his legacy now on the line, I’d say there is a good chance he reacts the same way Randy has. Considering that Jerry’s Kids still owe him $10 million, he might go somewhere and play for peanuts. With most players this might not be the case, but Owens cares more about the T.O. brand than he does money. I guarantee it.
If T.O. does decide that his legacy is more important than money or stats, it could work out. Then again, signing T.O. could also wind up being a disaster for the team that decides to roll the dice on him.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Remember Todd Haley and T.O. screaming at each other on the sideline? Remember Scott Pioli trading for Mike Vrabel and talking to Bobby Engram, locker room “glue” guys. Not. Gonna. Happen. 99.9% sure (can never be 100% in this crazy league).
6. Tennessee Titans - Nate Washington? Justin Gage? Good players, but they’re no T.O. I don’t think Jeff Fisher and Co. will make this move, but Coach Fish could handle him and they could use his services. T.O., along with the signing of Jovan Haye, might make the Titans better than they were last year. Yes, even without Haynesworth.
5. New York Jets – They just lost a lot of last year’s passing attack when Brett Favre retired and Laveranues Coles voluntarily went to Cincinnati (who does that?). They seem to be looking to make yet another splash this offseason and if anyone can handle T.O. it’s one of Buddy Ryan’s boys. Let’s be honest here — T.O. was born to play in the Big Apple.
4. Denver Broncos – Pat Bowlen and Co. extended a non-guaranteed offer last time. With Baby T.O. facing a possible suspension and a new coach who’s accustomed to having lots of offensive power, would the Donks make another similar offer? This one scares me a bit.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - They have been searching for a No. 1 receiver ever since Jimmy Smith retired. They spent like a gazillion guaranteed dollars on Jerry Porter last season, why not throw half of that at T.O. non-guaranteed? Could make them legitimate Super Bowl contenders, plus it would help a struggling franchise fill the seats and make money.
2. Washington Redskins – According to the brain trust at our own Riggo’s Rag, the Redskins still have $12 million in cap room. I want to know who’s balancing that cap situation? David Blaine? Anyway, they could use another receiver and he’d be extra motivated four games a season.
1. Oakland Raiders – Al Davis is obsessed with both sexy skill players and renegade cast-offs. Expecting the Crypt Keeper to resist the urge to sign T.O. would be like expecting Jason Whitlock to resist a catering platter from Gates.
Where do you think Terrell Owens will end up playing in 2009?