One of the NFL's most controversial players is back on the market. Terrell Owens is a free agent once again. The 36 year old's production went down in 2009, 55 receptions, 829 yards, and 5 touchdowns. Then again, his quarterbacks were Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Those numbers don't look too bad. His 3 previous seasons with Dallas all ended with over 1,000 yards and at least 10 touchdowns.
There's no question T.O. is a talented guy. There's also no question he's a pain in the butt. He's a selfish guy who has destroyed locker rooms with selfishness. The thing that always concerned me is that he seems like a very intelligent guy. I always got the impression he knew what he was doing. The point was always to just drive attention to him, no matter how it hurt his team. The New York media and him seem like a toxic mix. I can just picture him complaining about splitting time with Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery or throwing his young quarterback under the bus for not getting him the ball enough (or Edwards after a drop).
The Jets just don't need this headache. Owens is a dynamic playmaker, not really a speed guy but gets open and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. His monster Super Bowl with the Eagles while playing hurt always gave me a respect for his big game skills even if I couldn't stand him personally. The need at receiver isn't big enough to roll the dice on him, though.
I vote do not pursue.
How do you vote?