In an interview seen Thursday on NFL Network’s Total Access, Adam Schefter and FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer both agreed that Terrell Owens would not be in Dallas in 2009.
If you’re a fantasy football enthusiast, hearing the top two information men in the business making such a statement is very interesting.
Owens, 35, failed to meet statistical expectations last season, though he still finished with close to 70 receptions, 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns. The reasons T.O. would be released are less about his skills and abilities and more about his, well, outspoken personality and the Cowboys desire to change their locker room atmosphere.
If Schefter and Glazer are right and Owens will soon be out of the mix in Dallas, the past indicates the value of Tony Romo would suffer.
In 21 games while Owens was in Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb averaged 280 passing yards and two touchdown passes (4,480 passing yards, 32 touchdowns — 16 games). In the 40 games post T.O., McNabb has averaged 247 passing yards and 1.5 touchdown passes (3,952 yards, 24 touchdowns — 16 games).
While a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Owens was integral in the development of Jeff Garcia into a fantasy football star. But once T.O. left for the Eagles in 2004, Garcia’s stock plummeted. What’s more, Garcia has never even come close to posting the same sort of numbers in his last five seasons as he had with Owens.
Of course, Romo would have the advantage of a more talented core of players around him than McNabb or Garcia had once Owens left. But it seems a bit outlandish to think that his numbers wouldn’t decrease somewhat without such a lethal weapon.
One player whose value would soar is Roy E. Williams. He would go from second fiddle to Owens to the top wideout in the team’s pass attack. In fact, he’d go from a No. 3 fantasy wideout in drafts to someone who could be considered more of a No. 1 at the position.
A Cowboys team without Owens would also mean more targets for Jason Witten, Patrick Crayton and Miles Austin.
While no one knows for sure what will happen in Big D, it looks like it will be a very interesting offseason for not only the NFL, but fantasy football owners as well.
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