Terrell Owens is undoubtedly one of the greatest Wide Receivers to have ever played in the NFL. So, when he held his highly publicized workout a couple of days ago, it was a surprise to me that not one team representative from a single NFL team showed up to see what the old boy could do. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t the same player that made opposing defenses quiver with fear that he used to be, but he can probably still be an asset to a few teams that are thin at his position. So, when nobody came to watch TO play, I had to ask myself why he was rejected.
After thinking about this for a while, I concluded that Terrell Owens was rejected by the NFL for a good cause. There isn’t a single team that is enamored enough by his physical abilities to take the caravan of media baggage that comes with the TO package.
I know that TO has matured, a bit. I know that he has stopped criticizing and belittling his Quarterbacks, mostly. I know that he has toned down the “world revolves around TO” mentality. He isn’t the same guy that threw Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb under the bus. I get it.
The thing is, even though TO has changed, the media’s fascination with trying to get him to say provocative things hasn’t changed at all. So, any team that brings him in also brings in the cacophony of vultures that follow him around like an injured animal. TO is a good guy, at the core of who he is. But he has a propensity for putting his foot in his mouth at just the wrong time.
The only situation I could see that would be positive for both TO and the team that picked him up would be the New England Patriots. They keep things bottled up so tightly over there, and they have a locker room full of veterans that won’t put up with any foolishness. Just ask Chad Ochocinco. But, alas, they are already blessed with the aforementioned Ochocinco, and they surely don’t need the burden of teaching another old dog new tricks.