The 6-4, 273-pound Owens was originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2004. The former Louisville product played 39 games in Minnesota from 2004-06. Owens, 28, played 14 games with the Rams in 2007 before getting his walking papers.
Owens may fit the bill for the in line blocker the team needs. I'm still not sure I like the trade of Owens for Franks. If anything happens to Dustin Keller, Franks would have been able to step in and play at a starting level. Right now, there is no backup tight end capable of doing that on the roster.