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Former elite receiver turned reality star, Terrell Owens, is trying to revive his once prolific NFL career, and wants to play for who other than the Patriots.
In an article featured in the Boston Globe on Wednesday titled, “Patriots should give Terrell Owens at least a look” by Gary Washburn, Washburn made a case as to why the Patriots could benefit from having Owens on the team and that he at least deserved a look. However, Owens does not deserve a look, in fact, the Patriots should look the other way.
Owens admitted to Washburn that he would love to play for the Patriots and is a changed man who can still turn it up on the field. He told Washburn, “I’m sure [Brady] could use some veteran help and I would love to play for a guy like Bill Belichick and play with a quarterback like Tom.” Although a veteran presence could help teach the young receivers hard work ethics and football skills, could a receiver with so many character flaws and who has been out of football for 3 years be the answer for the Patriots? The answer is simply no.
It is no secret the Patriots receiving core is in shambles and in major need of a veteran and reliable play-maker. Danny Amendola may be out for the next 2-6 weeks and Shane Vereen will also be out 6 weeks. With pretty much just rookie receivers catching the ball, the Patriots offense has not looked this confused in years and could really benefit from a veteran presence, but Owens is not their answer.
Although Owens has proven to be one of the most prolific receivers in football, finishing his career second all time in receiving yards only behind the legendary Jerry Rice, his attitude has tarnished his reputation for good.
Football is more than just pure talent; it is also about the intangibles such as adjusting to different schemes and chemistry with teammates. Owens was arguably one of the most selfish players on the teams he played for. Owens has earned himself the reputation of being a pre-madonna who believes there is an I in team. He is of the attitude that whenever he is on the field or in the locker room that it is the T.O. show. His attitude and behavior negates the accomplishments he achieved over his career because teams overlook all that and do not want to take the risk on a problem player.
There can be an argument made that if Owens was more coachable player and did not cause drama in the locker rooms, his NFL career could have lasted a couple more years, because no one is questioning his athleticism. This type of selfish behavior will only cause tension in the locker room and the Patriots do not need anymore drama this season.
Aside from his poor attitude, Owens has also lost a step in his game. The last time Owens played on a professional level was back in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a forgettable quick preseason stint with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 in which he dropped more passes than he caught, proving that his best days are far behind him. He also had major knee surgery two seasons ago and his football skills have declined in terms of route running, getting separation, and actually catching the ball. Clearly, Owens is not worth the nonsense and shenanigans, especially if he is not even going to be the Patriots primary receiver.
One last season the Patriots do not need to consider Owens is because of the return on tight end Rob Gronkowski. With Gronkowski scheduled to return as soon as week 3, he will be that play-maker, especially in the red-zone, the Patriots are in desperate need of. With his return, Brady will have a more reliable option to throw to and Gronkowski will also be able to block for the running game.
If the Patriots were really that desperate for a veteran receiver, maybe they can find some money and convince Randy Moss, who actually made plays for the team, to come out from retirement, put the microphone down for a season, and play just one more season with the team.