Terrell Owens wants to play for the Chiefs.
…Or someone who runs the West Coast offense.
Owens sited the Chiefs and Vikings as teams that would be the bests fits for him in an attempt to re-enter the NFL as a wide receiver. The last time Owens played in the NFL was in 2010 when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was cut by the Seattle Seahawks last season before the season started.
Owens still burns to play, and his best recourse is to stay in shape (never a problem for T.O.) while keeping his name in the public consciousness. And so it was that Owens rolled out of bed early on Wednesday for a morning of chatter on NFL Network’s “NFL AM.”
Has Owens heard from another NFL team since his release from the Seahawks?
“Nothing as of right now,” he said. “So I understand the process. Obviously teams are really taking a closer look in evaluating their younger players. Being a free agent, I understand that later in the months as training camp starts, they’ll start looking for veterans.”
Though he obviously can’t be choosy at this stage, Owens explained his best fit would come with a team operating a West Coast offense. He cited the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs as options.
For his career, Owens has been one of the greatest statistical receivers of all-time. His 1,078 catches (6th), 15,934 receiving yards (2nd), 153 touchdown catches (3rd), and 72.8 receiving yards per game (10th) all rank in the top 10 all-time for NFL receivers. He has been named to the AP’s All-Pro team five times and been to the Pro Bowl six times.
The problem with Owens have been his off-field antics, which include a memorable taunt on the Star at Cowboys Stadium and feuding with just about every starting quarterback he has ever played for. In addition to those questions, Owens is 39-years-old and probably could not fulfill the special teams roles needed from a back-up wide receiver.
So considering Owens age, the role he would fill, and potential head aches, it would not make a ton of sense for the Chiefs to bring him in.
Then again, the Chiefs have a ton of issues at wide receiver behind Dwayne Bowe. Andy Reid and John Dorsey brought in Donnie Avery to play on the other side of Bowe, and KC still has former first round pick Jonathan Baldwin along with other former draft picks Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie.
But Baldwin, McCluster, and Wylie have yet to produce at a consistent level for the Chiefs. In 75 combined games the threesome has contributed just 166 catches for 1,521 yards and five touchdowns. Remember, in 2010 Owens totaled 983 yards and nine touchdowns at age 37. McCluster has 989 yards receiving in his three-year career.
The idea of giving Owens a look in training camp couldn’t hurt the Chiefs, especially considering they do not have a true number two option to Bowe. Yes, Owens and Bowe have the same skill set – physical, possession receivers who use their size to gain yards after the catch – but at this stage of the offseason Kansas City isn’t going to find a number two receiver in free agency or a trade.
If Kansas City is going to gamble on Baldwin, Avery, McCluster, and Wylie to fill in behind Bowe, it can’t hurt to add Owens into that mix at least for the preseason.
What do you guys think: Does inviting Owens to training camp make sense for the Chiefs?