|Posted on April 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM|
As training camp quickly approaches, it is clear that some NFL teams—even competitive ones—lack serious depth at the wide receiver position.
Terrell Owens remains an affordable Free Agent option with the potential to step in, produce and mentor young talent. Owens' grueling workout regimen has left him in better shape than most would imagine. Mike Sando, who serves on the selection committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, reported his observations of Owens during his time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
"You never see guys this old hardly on an NFL roster playing receiver because they usually can't run. But with T.O. running a 4.45 on Monday and one of the clockings was even 4.43, he obviously can still run. So in practice today, the DBs are fired up. They've been looking forward to this, to go against a name and he was matched against Richard Sherman who is a very good young corner for the Seahawks, and played at near Pro Bowl level last season, and T.O. went out right away and caught a pass off of him." -Mike Sando
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll also shared his praise of Owens' physical abilities and work ethic.
"Anybody that thinks he had an attitude around here or something like that got in the way is wrong, they don't know what they're talking about. This guy was great. He did everything we wanted him to do. He practiced hard, he studied hard, he asked questions, he worked hard in the games. He did everything. He was terrific." -Pete Carroll
While some may question Owens' ability to produce at his age, it should be noted that Jerry Rice faced similar questions during the same stage of his career. In 2002, Rice earned his 13th Pro Bowl selection by catching 92 passes for 1,211 yards and 9 touchdowns—helping the Oakland Raiders reach the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks passing offense only ranked 16th in 2013, and the team has since lost Golden Tate. Imagine how much more powerful their offense could be if Owens returned to their now-depleted receiving corps. Tom Brady posted the lowest QBS of his entire career last season—How much better would he be throwing to Owens in red zone situations in 2014?
Bringing Owens into training camp would be a low-risk/high-reward situation for teams seeking to become more competitive in 2014.