How unpopular has Terrell Owens become? Even British Petroleum refuses to lobby for his return to the NFL. Teams continues to go out of their way to say that they have no interest in Owens. You almost start to wonder if the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL would take him — and they take anybody.
But there is one team that is a perfect fit, and it seems that everybody has been dancing around it for long enough, so let me be the first to finally say — Owens should go to the Oakland Raiders.
Yes, it is kind of a hacky premise and an easy punch line, and never mind that coach Tom Cable shot down a report in early June that the Raiders were interested in T.O. The fact is, Owens to the Raiders makes a lot of sense. While both tend to revel in past success a little too much, both have admitted recent mistakes through their actions.
Owens showed rare humility while spending the 2009 season in Buffalo. The Raiders finally swallowed their pride and recently cut ties with former top pick QB JaMarcus Russell.
Owens and the Raiders deserve a second chance.
The Raiders have built a winning history on second chances. Owens has had his fair share of them. This one seems almost destined to be.
The Raiders, led by new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, are starting to build a credible offense. They rescued Jason Campbell (imagine that) and surrounded him with some young, promising players such as WR Chaz Schilens, WR Darius Heyward-Bey and TE Zach Miller. Owens would add some credibility to that group. And not mention some veteran leadership, too.
It may seem odd to say Owens and veteran leadership in the same sentence, but T.O.’s tenure in Buffalo proved that he could be a valuable leader. At least when he wants to be. And given the number of teams lining up to say no to T.O., he should continue to be on his best behavior.
Given what will likely be a cheap price, combined with a motivated player, what do the Raiders have to lose for making the move that was seemingly set in motion once Owens talked his way out of San Francisco? This needs to happen.
And if Owens fails, then we can laugh and have some fun with it.