Ok, so no one showed up at Terrell Owens‘ NFL scout workout day. No team is interested. Aw, poor baby, so sad, too bad. But if if and buts were candy and nuts then we’d all have a merry christmas.
The Chicago Bears aren’t really in a position to lose much here. TO is desperate for a gig anywhere, so the asking price will be low. The Monsters of the Midway won’t have to worry much about cap space or draft picks. It’s low-risk, high reward. And at this point, it’s scrap heap- kind of like the WR version of the Jeff George signing a few years ago.
The Bears don’t have a true #1 receiver. Their go-to-guy on third down is a little white guy who was playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes a year ago at this time. Dane Sanzenbacher isn’t a poor man’s Wes Welker. He’s a homeless man’s Wes Welker.
Devin Hester isn’t intelligent enough to ever become a true #1 option. Special teams wise he’s a Rolls Royce. On offense, he’s a hood ornament, not a motor. (Matt Forte is engine, with Jay Cutler the steering wheel and dashboard).
Roy Williams is…a useless human being? At least useless at his alleged job. What better way to redeem the waste of money that was his signing by taking a chance on TO and scoring a TD?
Earl Bennett is…probably not worth me wasting too much more of my word count on. And how much damage can Owens really do? He kept his mouth shut for the most part with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. Sure, he’s over the hill, but he’s got enough juice left. The move could be the difference between 8-8 and 10-6. And that’s the difference between playoffs and home watching football in 2012.
Owens isn’t Mr. Character or Mr. Congeniality, but I think not having a job has humbled him and scared him straight- at least a bit.
There are two conditions that have to exist before a club can take the risk and sign T.O. for the rest of this season.
1. You have to have a solidly entrenched and mentally tough veteran quarterback, a guy who can give nasty right back to T.O. when he starts up.
2. You have to have need.
The Bears have both. If Cutler can tell his offensive coordinator where to stick it (which might be the No. 1 development of this season) then he can tell T.O. where to get off as well. You think Jim McMahon didn’t have it out with guys during the ’85 season, including his head coach? Cutler, at the very least, would have some lieutenants in that locker room in Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers, guys who would have no fear of grabbing T.O. by the collar and slamming him into a locker if necessary.
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