Rumors have begun to circulate about Terrell Owens garnering some interest from the New York Jets. While the Jets have seemingly had their hand in every other available big name this offseason, Owens could be another nice addition for the Jets.
First of all, Owens still appeared to be a receiver with some value in 2009. While 55 catches for 829 yards and 5 touchdowns isn’t reminiscent of the Owens of old, it wasn’t too bad of a season considering the conditions in which he earned those statistics. Passing statistics are more difficult to come by when in Buffalo when Lake Erie starts blowing wind and snow on the field, but Owens’ numbers faced bigger detriments than weather. The Buffalo offensive line had three starters who’d never started a game before in the NFL to START the season. When you also take into account that the Bills’ O-Line had the most different starting combinations in the NFL last year, it was difficult to establish a pocket for a Quarterback, and to allow receivers time to get downfield. Speaking of QB play, Edwards, Fitzpatrick and Brohm combined to throw for just 2,732 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2009.
Now Owens is not without his faults. He has always been susceptible to the dropped pass (him and Braylon Edwards could try and team up for some kind of NFL record) and has lost a step or two at 36 years old. There were the locker room distractions in San Francisco, Philadelphia and to some extent in Dallas, when he was competing with Jason Witten for Tony Romo’s attention. Not to mention he has one of the worst television shows of all time (I don’t know how it can be called reality television when everything is so contrived and the acting is so bad).
That being said, I feel like Owens could be a valuable contributor to a team at a reasonable price. This is the NFL where guys can be cut from their contract at any time, and Owens proved in Buffalo he can behave on a one year deal. I’d still venture to guess that he winds up in Cincinnati with his reality television buddy Chad Ochocinco, and recent workout partner Carson Palmer, but buying low on Owens in 2010 could be a steal for any team in need of a third receiver.