Terrell Owens expresses interest in playing for Kansas City Chiefs
By Matt Conner
Hall of Fame wide receiver recently mentioned being ready for a potential NFL comeback and brought up the Kansas City Chiefs about potential destinations.
No, there’s no DeLorean involved. Yes, Terrell Owens still wants to play.
Despite not having played in the NFL since 2012 and officially being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Owens recently spoke out in an interview with Pat McAfee about a longing to return to the NFL. Owens was always in great physical shape and apparently he still feels he has what it takes to help a team, even after five seasons away from the league.
When asked about potential teams that might draw his interest, Owens himself brought up one team: the Kansas City Chiefs. The reason is fairly simple: Andy Reid is the head coach. However, it’s clear that Owens also knows what he’s talking about when he brings up the Chiefs. He’s not simply name-dropping his former coach without knowing the particulars of what the team needs. In fact, he described Kansas City’s heartbreaking loss to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs fairly well.
"More from Arrowhead AddictFormer Chiefs cornerback in legal trouble in Las VegasChiefs Kingdom: Get ready to break contract newsChiefs news: Travis Kelce wants to host fan ‘chug-off’ in GermanyPodcast: Breaking down the Chiefs biggest roster battlesKC Chiefs send Dave Merritt to NFL coaching accelerator“…you think about a guy like Andy Reid over in Kansas City. You think about what they did last year. They’re in the playoffs, they’re up 22 to zero. Then they come out and they don’t score anymore. They lack a big play receiver or they lack somebody to draw attention so other guys are able to operate and move the chains. That’s what really stifled them from really progressing into the playoffs.”"
Owens is right in that the Chiefs did/do need someone to help take pressure off of Tyreek Hill at wide receiver. When Travis Kelce left the Titans game with a concussion, it was pretty much the end of the Chiefs offense. Failure to move the chains so late in the game allowed the Titans to creep back into it, and it was clear the Chiefs could have used another reliable target—someone who can come up big when the pressure is on.
The Chiefs brass clearly believe the same thing as they gave Sammy Watkins a startling amount of money this offseason in free agency to be that very player. At three years and $48 million, the commitment is large, but if Watkins is the element that puts the team over the top, fans won’t be complaining too much about the cap hit.
As for Owens, such talk like this is good for offseason stories that blow rumors out of proportion. And Owens as a player was always willing to speak his mind. It’s no different now even if he’s not on the field. He might love Andy Reid and the feeling might even be mutual, but this makes zero football sense even if it might be very interesting just for the spectacle of it all.